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.)