This Is 40 (2012)

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Pete and Debbie are both about to turn 40, their kids hate each other, both of their businesses are failing, they're on the verge of losing their house, and their relationship is threatening to fall apart.

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24 December 2012 | www-cooperwe1979
Terrible
A good rule of thumb is any movie where Jason Segal has the funnier lines probably shouldn't have been made. This seemingly endless stream of hormonal tirades was difficult to say the least. Leslie Mann pulled this off once in Knocked Up. Which was a delightful film by comparison. But in This is 40 I could not find one sympathetic thing about her character or any of the characters for that matter. Part of the problem is KnockedUp was made before this basic cast was in every other film that came out. I kept waiting for Jonah Hill to happen by and suck up what little oxygen Leslie Mann hadn't already used. I am a fan of Judd Apatow. He's a comedy geek's comedy geek. Hence the casting of the brilliant veteran comedy writer Robert Smigel as the buddy of Pete. So I settled in to watch and see what Smigel could do as an actor. But he had two scenes in this nearly two and a half hour film. Guess they cut some of his scenes to make room for some more where Leslie Mann gets angry over nothing and curses and screams for half an hour. I was also excited to see Jim Brooks as Pete's father. He receives lots of screen time and is the second least sympathetic character. I do admire Apatow for having the courage to try and combine work and home by just putting his family on screen. But why so mundane? It's compelling when a film depicts regular people in not so regular situations. This film is made up of regular people who live in southern California and drive BMW's and Lexi and complain constantly about things that happen to everyone. It's exhausting. I will not give any attention to the children in this review as it is clear that they have received far too much attention already. On a strictly "laugh o meter" scale this film is not completely devoid of humor. Like say, Funny People. In fact, Funny People makes This is 40 look like The Jerk. Paul Rudd does fine as usual,and Megan Fox is great eye candy and "hottie relief". Here's hoping that this is the end of Apatow's tacky Cassavetes period.

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Trivia

Pete (Paul Rudd) makes a joke comparing his sexual prowess to that of David Schwimmer (and Ross, Schwimmer's character from "Friends") in a way that makes it clear that he thinks that neither Pete nor Schwimmer are very good in bed. A spokeswoman for Schwimmer told the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper that Schwimmer was not asked beforehand if he would be okay with being the butt of that joke, but Judd Apatow clarified that he didn't mean anything insulting by it; just that Schwimmer is an example of a famous person who is more like Apatow. Paul Rudd was a regular guest star on "Friends" during the show's last two seasons.


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Larry: I just figured out what your problem is. You hate Jews! Which is so odd, because your children are Jewish.
Debbie: Don't play the Jew Card, Larry.
Larry: I'm not playing any Jew Card.
Debbie: Seriously? It's used up.
Larry: You can't use up a Jew Card. That's the whole point of ...


Goofs

In the first scene where Pete is in his office finding out about the bad money situation, he is not wearing his wedding ring but he is seen with it in the rest of the movie.


Crazy Credits

After the main credits roll, there's an extended alternate take of Catherine ad-libbing insults during the conversation with the Julie, Pete, and Debbie.


Alternate Versions

The Blu-ray release included an exclusive extended version with three minutes of additional footage not seen in the theatrical version.


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Where Them Girls At
Written by
Jared Cotter, Flo Rida (as Tramar Dillard), Nicki Minaj (as Onika Maraj), Sandy Vee, David Guetta, Juan Salinas, Oscar Salinas, Giorgio Tuinfort, Michael Caren
Performed by David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj
Courtesy of What a Music Ltd./EMI Music France
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
Nicki Minaj appears courtesy of Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records/Universal Motown Records

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