It Wasn't My 40
It's a milestone week for Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) as they are both hitting 40. But there is little for them to celebrate as they both are struggling with life from both their businesses in difficulty, Debbie refusing to deal with growing older whilst also struggling to deal with Pete needing to use Viagra when they have sex. But somehow if they are going to get through their joint mid-life crisis they are going to have to listen to their friends and family to come to terms with the fact they are 40.
2012 was the year that I turned 40 but unlike Pete and Debbie in "This Is 40" I didn't get hung up over it. I actually got hung up over things 5 years earlier when I did what many people do and take stock of their life and where it is going and thinking oh shit I better change things as well as my attitude, 8 years later and only some of those good intentions stuck. But that is really what "This is 40" is, it is a comical examination of the mid life crisis taking in marital problems, accepting aging and also business issues.
Now I will be honest when I first heard about "This is 40" I thought that should be amusing and then I saw that it was 134 minutes long and I knew right away that it would end up boring me. And sadly that is the problem with this movie as whilst Judd Apatow has a wry eye when it comes to observing the ups and downs of life and growing older he doesn't know when to call it a day. So whilst through out "This is 40" there is plenty to make you smile such as when Pete goes for a medical and we have a joke about having your prostrate checked the stuff in-between drones on for far too long and makes "This is 40" one of those movies which you end up only paying attention to when a sex joke crops up.
What this all boils down to is that "This is 40" ends up frustrating because 60% of it is good and the observations on turning 40 are amusing. But at 134 minutes long it out stays its welcome as it ends up droning on and on.