'This Is 40': A mixed bag, but a fun one (+trailer)
'This Is 40' features the return of supporting characters from director Judd Apatow's film 'Knocked Up.'
Judd Apatowâ€™s â€śThis Is 40â€ť is only his fourth film as a writer-director, but his comedy influence is so ubiquitous that it seems as if heâ€™s been around forever. His latest entry is his usual mixed bag, but some of the goodies inside the bag are worth checking out. Paul Ruddâ€™s Pete and Leslie Mannâ€™s Debbie are both turning 40 â€“ though she tells others sheâ€™s 38 â€“ and Apatow scrolls through a checklist of midlife crises. (Mann, by the way, is Apatowâ€™s wife, and he also co-stars his two daughters.)
Everything gets chucked into the joke mill: sex, jobs and kids â€“ their two daughters, 8-year-old Charlotte (Iris Apatow) and tantrum-throwing 13-year-old Sadie (Maude Apatow). The performers are so likable that you stay with them even when, as is often the case, the material is hit-or-miss. Albert Brooks, as Peteâ€™s moocher father, is best; Sadieâ€™s upper-crust dad is well played John Lithgow. Having made this film as well as his debut, â€śThe 40-Year-Old Virgin,â€ť maybe Apatow can cool it about the age stuff until everybody hits 50? Grade: B- (Rated R for sexual content, crude humor, pervasive language and some drug material.)