Plot summary (from the studio): From the director of Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin comes an unfiltered, comedic look inside the life of an American family. After years of marriage, Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) are approaching a milestone meltdown. As they try to balance romance, careers, parents and children in their own hilarious ways, they must also figure out how to enjoy the rest of their lives. Featuring Melissa McCarthy, Jason Segel, Megan Fox, John Lithgow and Albert Brooks, This is 40 is a candid and heartwarming comedy about the challenges and rewards of marriage and parenthood in the modern age.
Warning: Spoilers below!
- I know a lot of people are tired of Melissa McCarthy’s shtick, and think she’s pretty much just a one-note pony (i.e. foul-mouthed tirades), but I thought she was one of the best parts of this movie. Granted, that’s not saying a whole lot, but her short scenes and the outtakes of her ad libs during the end credits were just about the only times I laughed.
- I like Leslie Mann as an actress. She was wasted here in a thankless role as the “nagging” wife, but was the main reason I stuck this one out till the end.
- Say what you want about Megan Fox and her acting abilities, but you have to admit she has a smokin’ hot body! (This is coming from a 100% straight woman.)
- Pete wasn’t the least bit likable or sympathetic. He was a slovenly, self-indulgent, self-absorbed jerk and didn’t deserve the happy ending with his family. I wish Debbie had just left him, pregnant or not.
- There were too many different storylines going on. I know that was intentional and was supposed to represent how chaotic and out of control life can be at 40, but it didn’t translate well to film. Just focus on the two or three strongest issues so the viewer has a chance to become emotionally invested.
- The movie was way too long. Two hours and 15 minutes for a comedy?? Talk about self-indulgent…. I guess that’s what happens when directors have a few $100 million blockbusters on their record. Oh, well.
With the names attached to This Is 40, I was expecting a whole lot more out of the finished product than a bunch of unlikable characters caught up in trouble of their own making. I would have settled for some laughs and at least a few nods of empathetic understanding as Pete and Debbie navigated through their problems. But it was not to be, so I give this one just 2 stars out of 5.