Wednesday, December 19, 2012

This is 40 Review - 2½ Stars

Married life gets messy about the romance that leads to the wedding.  Writer/director Judd Apatow says he wrote this comedy a follow up to “Knocked Up”—his earlier movie about a couple that marry after a surprise pregnancy.  ge masort of the story about life after the wedding.  Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann play a couple with two daughters facing their 40th birthdays and noticing the zing missing from their marriage.  They keep secrets — she smokes, he eats — they struggle with money and parent problems — and bodily functions receive much attention.   ‘This is 40″  feels like it goes on forever, but occasionally serves up an outrageous hilarious burst or two. Melissa McCarthy’s improvised scene as an angry parent had me screaming with laughter.  Albert Brooks stands out as Rudd’s deadbeat dad, coping with a second family and vanishing job prospects. Megan Fox delights as a shop salesgirl by day/escort by night.   “This is 40” captures the nitty gritty marriage day in day out in an uneven but sometimes hilarious story that may leave you exhausted.  Does it deliver what it promises?  Comedy about the downs of adult married life.  Is it entertaining?  Some hilarious moments.  Is it worth the price of admission?  A mixed bag.