If turning 40 is defined by financial troubles, unsatisfying marriage, and weird things happening to weird body parts, then we should all be scared shitless of turning 40.
Judd Apatow’s sorta followup to 2007’s Knocked Up follows married couple Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) as they both turn 40. Saddled by two slightly bratty kids (real-life Apatow girls Maude and Iris), Pete and Debbie realize that neither of them are all that happy with their lives. Lack of sex puts strain on their marriage, as does Pete’s failing music business, and Debbie’s constant nagging. Needless to say, this movie, while still funny in some places, is a lot less laid back than Knocked Up (with its stoner crew and just Seth Rogan in general), and much more like real fuckin’ life.
Megan Fox plays a supporting role as a sales associate at Debbie’s clothing store, and is surprisingly funny and unsurprisingly hot. Albert Brooks and John Lithgow are also hilarious as dads to Pete and Debbie, respectively. By far, the best supporting role goes to Melissa McCarthy as a crazy-ass mom to a kid at Pete and Debbie’s kids’ school.
This Is 40 is another movie where children act like adults and adults act like children. There’s a lot of body humor-type jokes and a lot of Pete and Debbie screaming at each other. If that’s your thing, then by all means.