This is magical. Magical. Amazing. Incredible. This movie is so good that I’m writing a review of it. Have you been to this site lately? I haven’t even paid attention to it in years, it’s just running itself and collecting internet cobwebs, but I’m writing a review of this film to reiterate how incredible it is.
I’m a grown man. I’m almost 40 — Jesus, that’s horrible to write out and made me retch — and I wept during this film. Multiple times. At one point, I was so hysterical that I forced myself to laugh out loud at something, so the people around me wouldn’t think I was dying of hyperventilation.
I’ve never, in my entire life, cried so much at any movie, let alone one that’s an action film. The Notebook? Sure, I cried some. Not as much. When E.T. flew home and left Elliott? Yep, tears. For a minute. And I was 4 or 5 years old. Avengers: Endgame had me balling my eyes out for multiple minutes at a time, multiple times in the film.
Were they happy tears or sad tears? Both. There are some amazing happy moments, but there are some sad moments, too. A lot of the down points aren’t things I was prepared for. To save you from spoilers, I won’t talk about them anymore here. But they’re there. And there’s a lot of them.
I was worried going into the movie that 3 hours would feel long, but it didn’t. I think they used every moment of the full length for a purpose. Every minute felt like it was necessary to fulfill the story and to wrap up what many of us have invested the last 10+ years of our lives — and multiple hundreds of dollars — into.
It’s hard to talk about this film without spoiling anything. It was the first time I can remember leaving a theater and not wanting to talk about it on the way out to the car because I didn’t want to possibly spoil something for anyone waiting in the lobby to go into the theater after us. I know a lot of folks have been joking about not spoiling the film, and you shouldn’t. If you’ve seen it and know others are going to see it soon, don’t ruin it for them. Let them experience the happiness and sadness that you got to enjoy.
There aren’t enough words in the English language that mean the same thing as “amazing”, but here are most of them according to a thesaurus: awesome, fascinating, incredible, marvelous, prodigious, shocking, stunning, surprising, unbelievable, wonderful.
If you’ve invested even a single iota of yourself into following the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Iron Man way back in 2008, do yourself a favor and go see Avengers: Endgame before it gets spoiled for you.
I don’t want to say that I was disappointed by This Is 40, because I’m not a huge fan of Judd Apatow (though I did love The 40 Year Old Virgin). I will, however, say that I wasn’t as impressed with This Is 40 as I thought I would be, based on all the positive reviews.
Sure, I identified with a lot of the storyline, a lot of the bits, and most of the jokes. And yes, I laughed out loud a few times, in very short bursts of laughter. Was I rolling around crying with my sides hurting? No. But that’s not what Judd Apatow movies are all about — at least not for me. While surely funny, his movies have more heart than humor. I absolutely loved Funny People, despite not many people liking it.
Paul Rudd is his usual awkward, yet hilarious self. We don’t see anything new or ground breaking from him here, but we still get our typical laughs out of him.
Leslie Mann is great, as she always is. Just the right amount of “I’m funny” mixed in with “I’m a serious actress” to balance it all out, and not be too much of either.
Apatow’s kids, Maude and Iris, are growing into fine young actors. Which they should, since their dad’s been putting them in movies since they were tiny children. Maude, especially, is really becoming quite an actress, and stole a few scenes from those that she was acting with.
Overall I enjoyed This Is 40. I wouldn’t say it was the best movie I saw this year, not by a longshot. But it was still good for a few hours at the movies, laughing with those around you (even if the theater was mostly empty on Christmas Eve.)
I went into Role Models thinking it’d be a decently funny movie with a heartwarming side effect…and I was pretty much right. It’s not nearly as funny as movies like Dodgeball or Superbad, but it was much funnier than some other comedies I’ve seen recently.
If you’ve seen the previews you get the basic idea – Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott break some laws and get sentenced to community service. The judge assigns them to a Big Brothers/Big Sisters-style program where adults are paired with kids and teens that could use a good influence in their lives. Needless to say, Rudd and Scott’s characters aren’t exactly good influences.
The storyline progresses pretty much as expected – they hate the assignment, but don’t want to go to jail. Eventually they start to care about the kids. They do something to break the kids’ trust, and then have to work to fix it. I’m not telling you anything you couldn’t have predicted on your own. While predictable, the movie was still good.
The highlight of the movie was the interaction between Seann William Scott’s character and his “Little” Ronnie (played brilliantly by the very young Bobb’e J. Thompson). The two work together as flawlessly as a seasoned comedy duo.
There were two negatives to the movie, though they shouldn’t necessarily stop you from watching it. One – Elizabeth Banks was underused. She’s an incredible comic talent (not to mention gorgeous), but in this movie she was very much filler. Two – Paul Rudd’s character is such a tool. I like Paul Rudd. He’s a likeable guy. Every movie he’s in, he always seems like a fun guy to hang out with. His character in the movie, though, is truly unlikeable. It was actually distracting, I thought, since I found myself being annoyed that he was so out of character instead of paying attention to what was happening.
Despite my two minor complaints about it, I did enjoy the movie. Christopher Mintz-Plasse was very McLovin-like, but in a charming kind of way. The comedy was solid, if not the funniest movie ever. The heartwarming bits weren’t too cheesy. And Kiss features prominently in the storyline. What more could you want?
I’m glad I didn’t shell out $10 plus popcorn money to see this on the bigscreen, but it was definitely worth the rental.
The new I Love You, Man poster is available. A buddy of mine down in Phoenix saw a screening last night, and said it was the funniest movie he’d seen in five years, and that at points he was laughing so hard, he thought he was going to throw up. Here’s hoping you’re right, Kev.
The trailer for the new Judd Apatow comedy I Love You, Man hit the internet today, and it’s freakin’ hilarious. Jason Segel and Paul Rudd are pure comedy gold. Check it out below, you’ll laugh, I promise.
It’s called Get Him to the Greek and will also star Jonah Hill (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Superbad). Brand will be playing an out-of-control rock star who needs to be escorted to a show at the Greek Theater in L.A. More good news – Nicholas Stoller, who directed Sarah Marshall will also be involved. Throw in Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, and maybe even a cameo by Seth Rogen and I’ll be happy.