Thursday, 14 February 2013

Forty Can Suck My Cock - This Is 40 Reviewed


Judd Apatow’s latest movie offering is This Is 40, a kind of sequel to Knocked Up, picking up the secondary characters stories in the form of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) as they approach their fortieth birthdays.

Apatow has a skill that much is sure, that is the ability to look at relationships and pick up on all those petty foibles that we all have, exaggerating and enhancing them and making them funny. This however sits almost secondary to his other skill, and that is making a movie overly long for the sake of it. At over two hours, This Is 40 kind of sits on the outside of the domestic comedy arena, seriously how long do you expect an audience to sit and which a slowly evolving story?

 
Rudd and Mann are outstanding and work very nicely together, delivering a very believable looking relationship. The bitching at each other, and petty backbiting are at times hysterical, at others incredibly uncomfortable, especially if you around “that age”. Many will undoubtedly relate to the two characters, which is the movies ultimate strength.

Apatow’s crafting of character dialogue is the greatest strength for the whole movie, the way he chucks the dirtiest of words into a normal every day sentence, and the way his characters hurl abuse at each other, particularly in this case at a series of school ground confrontations  in which the iC**t is produced, will certainly make the audience laugh.



This is 40 really does work, on so many different levels, Apatow literally throws his all into the movie, and that includes his family which includes his wife Mann, and two daughters Maude and Iris. The story works well, the humour outstanding, but regardless of the strength you simply cannot get away from that running time, and at the point that most movies are winding up, This Is 40 is just half way through.

This Is 40 is in UK cinemas now.


 

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