Movie Review: This is 40 – it's a humorous drama


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Universal Studios Home Entertainment sent me a copy of This Is 40 for review on my dad blog. The movie is a mostly realistic and humorous look inside the life of a married couple that turns 40 during the story. Like the rest of us, the main characters struggle to balance romance, careers, parents and children. I enjoyed the film because it reminds me of the struggles my wife and go through trying to raise four children. It’s a drama, but it also has it’s humorous moments. This Is 40 features Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Melissa McCarthy, Jason Segel, Megan Fox, John Lithgow and Albert Brooks. This is 40 is available now on Blu-ray and DVD. Read on for the full review.

The 411 for This is 40

The story A married couple turns 40 and struggles with balancing life
Appropriateness for children Not recommended for children. There’s nudity, sex scenes, and a lot of bad language.
  • An interesting slice of life story
  • Funny at times
  • The ending is predictable
Release date Available today
Rating Rated R for sexual content, crude humor, pervasive language and some drug material
Runtime 134 minutes
Genre Drama, comedy

Knocked Up Sequel
This is 40 is a follow-up to Knocked Up, but you don’t need to see Knocked Up to understand This is 40. To be honest, I saw Knocked Up a long time ago and I don’t remember much about the characters. In This is 40, the main characters are Debbie (Leslie Mann) and Pete (Paul Rudd). Debbie is the sister of the main character in Knocked Up. Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Jonah Hill, and Jay Baruchel are not in the follow-up to Knocked Up. However, Jason Segel and Charlyne Yi are back in This is 40.

She’s 38 again
The story starts off with the birthday of the main character (Debbie). She’s 40, but she claims she’s still 38. She doesn’t want to be 40. I don’t think her husband wants to be 40 either (he also turned 40 in the film). During the story, both characters struggle with balancing the challenges and rewards of marriage and parenthood. As they struggle, they begin to question if they should even be together. This is 40 is a serious movie. But it’s not too serious and the film has it’s funny moments.

Megan Fox isn’t just eye candy
A lot of people think Megan Fox is just eye candy. But in This is 40, she actually does a decent job of acting. Don’t get me wrong, she won’t get nominated for an Oscar or anything like that. But I thought she did a good job playing the part of Desi (she works for Debbi). This is 40 also featured Paul Rudd (Pete), Leslie Mann (Debbie), Maude Apatow (Sadie), Iris Apatow (Charlotte), Jason Segel (Jason), Annie Mumolo (Barb), Robert Smigel (Barry), Charlyne Yi (Jodi), Melissa McCarthy (Catherine), and John Lithgow (Oliver). The film was directed by Judd Apatow.

This is 40 is packed with goodies
This is 40 Blu-ray Combo Pack features the movie on Blu-ray, DVD, UltraViolet (streaming from the cloud) and digital copy (for computers, tablets, and smartphones). The bonus features include:

  • Gag Reel
  • Line-O-Rama
  • More Deleted Scenes
  • More Music from Graham Parker and the Rumour, and Ryan Adams
  • Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Judd Apatow
  • Unrated Edition (Blu-ray only)
  • The Making Of This Is 40 (Blu-ray only)
  • This Is Albert Brooks (Blu-ray only)
  • Graham Parker & The Rumour: Long Emotional Ride (Blu-ray only)
  • Brooks-O-Rama (Blu-ray only)
  • Biking With Barry (Blu-ray only)
  • Triumph The Insult Comic Dog (Blu-ray only)
  • Kids On The Loose 3 (Blu-ray only)
  • Bodies By Jason Commercial (Blu-ray only)
  • Fresh Air With Terry Gross (Blu-ray only)
  • Deleted, Extended & Alternate Scenes (Blu-ray only)
  • Over A Half Hour of Music with Graham Parker and the Rumour, and Ryan Adams (Blu-ray only)

More information: This Is 40


2 thoughts on “Movie Review: This is 40 – it's a humorous drama

  1. The movie is a little over 2 hours long and I don’t think a movie like this needs that length. It should’ve just been a regular hour and a half comedy. Solid review Ken.

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