This is 40 could be easily renamed to This is 30 or This is the life of a married, urban couple with kids. Judd Apatow outdone himself with this little flick, starring Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann, as he made a combination of all those little things that make a life for a man or a women in their forties. Of course, you don’t have to be that age to identify yourself with the characters and situations, all you need is a stable relationship that lasted longer than a year and you will be in familiar territory. All those little and not so little fights, constant nagging and problems of various nature: financial, emotional and physical. If you ever watched any of the C.K. Louis shows you know what are you in for.
An almost documentary storytelling combined with good acting and a phenomenal and brutally honest script created a movie that will make you laugh really hard, but on the other hand, also examine your life and where you are in your current relationship. This roller-coaster of emotions is not easy to handle but we have good guides on this journey. It’s difficult to admit certain things, and when they are staring back at you from the screen, they are much harder to ignore. As for the story, there’s no classically structured plot, but a series of events that happen to a married couple with two kids as they live their lives. Pete owns his own record label that promotes classical rock and is having financial difficulties, and his wife Debbie owns a clothing store that is doing quite well, but she is suspecting that one her employees is stealing from her.
This is 40 is one of those movies that you either get or don’t get, there is no middle ground. Those who don’t get will find it quite boring, irritating and too long, while those who do get it will enjoy saying that happens to me to. And this is the main point of this movie, nobody talks about personal problems in their lives to all the people around them(with the exception of their closest friends) and now we have the opportunity to look into a life of another couple and say we are so similar, identify with their problems and solutions with the ultimately satisfying experience that we are not alone and that the same shit happens to most people, but they don’t talk about it openly.
One final note that I cannot avoid is the social critique of the couple featured in this movie. They are both rich, own their own businesses and a big ass house with enough money to indulge in risky financial moves, and from my perspective they act as two spoiled, adolescent brats without any regard for the future or their children. A true example of the new spoiled and overindulged middle class that somehow miraculously formed in the US. Take an average couple without money and give them a tenth of what these whiners have and they will be happy for the rest of their lives. But then again, these families exist and their problems are real for them, so its just all a matter of perspective.
Director: Judd Apatow
Writer: Judd Apatow
Cast: Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Maude Apatow, Iris Apatow, Jason Segel, Megan Fox
Fun Facts: Sadie is a big fan of Lost and Jack (Matthew Fox) is repeatedly shown in screen. In Knocked Up, Ben is very disparaging about Matthew Fox, saying there is nothing interesting about him.