Sunday night, Sean and I were absolutely exhausted. Our legs, backs, and feet hurt from a weekend of moving. So, we decided to plop down on the couch and watch a movie. We had heard only good reviews about it, so we went to iTunes and rented This is 40.
This movie is chock full of comedic geniuses:
- Paul Rudd
- Leslie Mann
- Jason Segel
- Melissa McCarthy
- John Lithgow
- Albert Brooks
- Lena Dunham
- Chris O’Dowd
You get the picture.
The story’s about your “typical” upper class, white, American family–2 parents, 2 kids–as they navigate their way through life, love, parenthood, and marriage. It’s supposed to be a “follow-up” to Knocked Up, but I never saw that one.
So, I’m giving you this from the perspective of an almost 25-year old who didn’t see the movie that led up to this one: I’d give it a 6/10. Sure, there were plenty of funny moments. Iris Apatow is hilarious as the youngest sister. Her quips sound so real coming from her little mouth. There was plenty of drama. John Lithgow plays the stoic, professional grandfather who hasn’t seen his daughter’s family in almost 8 years. But it the plot felt a little… adrift, as if there were not point other then to watch this family grapple with real life and emotions and try to keep it together.
Maybe we didn’t love it because I’m not 40, and I can’t relate. Or maybe I didn’t like it because I don’t want my life to be like that when I’m 40-something. There was a lot of yelling and people being happy then sad then mad then happy then forgiving then blaming then mad then happy then loving. It was pretty true to the roller coaster of real life.
I’d definitely recommend checking it out. I don’t know if I’d buy it or pay full price for it, but it’s worth a rental at the nearest RedBox.