December 29th, 2012, by Rob


This Is 40

This Is 40 is a 2012 American comedy film written, co-produced and directed by Judd Apatow. It is a spin-off sequel to the 2007 film Knocked Up and stars Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann. Filming was conducted in mid-2011, and the film was released in North America on December 21, 2012. The film continues to follow the lives of middle-aged married couple Pete and Debbie, as they both deal with turning forty, with each of their jobs and their children Sadie and Charlotte adding stress to their relationship.

The film was distributed by Universal Pictures and was filmed and produced by Apatow’s company, Apatow Productions.

This Is 40 received generally mixed reviews from critics who praised its acting, and cast, as well as the film’s very comedic moments and perceptive scenes, but criticized the film’s overlong running time and occasional aimlessness.

 

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Movie2k Watch Movies – This Is 40 – Plot

Debbie and Pete—a couple first seen in Knocked Up—continue to fight their way through their marriage. The growing financial troubles from Pete’s new record label adds to the pressure.

Movie2k Watch Movies – This Is 40 – Cast

This Is 40 Characters from Knocked Up

Paul Rudd as Pete, Debbie’s husband and a record label owner
Leslie Mann as Debbie, Pete’s wife and shop owner
Maude Apatow as Sadie, their 13-year-old daughter
Iris Apatow as Charlotte, their 8-year-old daughter
Jason Segel as Jason, Debbie’s trainer
Charlyne Yi as Jodi, one of Debbie’s employees
Tim Bagley as Dr. Pellegrino, Debbie’s gynecologist

This Is 40 Other characters

Melissa McCarthy as Catherine
Megan Fox as Desi, one of Debbie’s employees
Albert Brooks as Larry, Pete’s father
John Lithgow as Oliver, Debbie’s 65-year-old father
Ryan Lee as Joseph
Lena Dunham as Cat, one of Pete’s employees
Chris O’Dowd as Ronnie, one of Pete’s employees
Rob Smigel as Barry, Pete’s friend
Annie Mumolo as Barb, Debbie’s friend
Joanne Baron as Mrs. Laviati
Billie Joe Armstrong[13] as himself
Graham Parker as himself
Tom Freund as himself
Bob Andrews as himself
Brinsley Schwarz as himself
Martin Belmont as himself
Andrew Bodnar as himself
Stephen Goulding as himself

 

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Movie2k Watch Movies – This Is 40 – Production

The film was announced in October 2010 while Judd Apatow was working to produce Universal’s Wanderlust. The film was written and directed by Apatow, making this his fourth directorial effort following Funny People. The first poster was released on January 15, 2012, which featured both Mann and Rudd. Rudd, Mann, Jason Segel, Megan Fox, Melissa McCarthy, as well as others were announced to lead in the film.

This Is 40 – Release

This Is 40 was originally scheduled to be released on June 1, 2012. However, in May 2011, Universal moved the film back to December 2012, in order to give the June 1 date to their film Snow White & the Huntsman, allowing it to better compete with a rival 2012 Snow White film project, Mirror Mirror, by Relativity Media. The film was released on December 21, 2012 to be shown in 2,912 nationwide locations.

The premiere for This Is 40 was held on December 12, 2012 at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, in Los Angeles, California. Apatow attended the premiere with his wife Mann, as well as their daughters Maude and Iris. Rudd also attended the premiere as well as the other cast members including Segel, Fox, and Dunham. Funny People co-star Aubrey Plaza also attended the premiere.

This Is 40 – Box office

Opening at 2,912 theatres on December 21, 2012, This Is 40 grossed an estimated 3.7 million on Friday, coming in third behind The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in its second weekend and Jack Reacher. Over the course of three days it grossed an estimated 12,031,000 dollars for the weekend. The audience poll rated the film a middling B- on the Cinema Score. It was divided 57 percent female and 43 percent male, though an age breakdown was not provided. Compared to Apatow’s other opening weekends, this is the lowest among the films he’s directed, following The 40-Year-Old Virgin which opened with 21.4 million, followed by Knocked Up with 30.6 million, and Funny People with 22.6 million.

On December 25, the film grossed $4,369,495 ranking #6 behind newcomers with Les Misérables ranking #1 with $18.1 million. This put the film’s five day total to $17,463,430, still behind the last three Apatow films at this point.

 

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This Is 40 – Critical reception

The film has received mixed reviews from critics, as it currently holds a 50% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 136 reviews with the consensus stating: “Judd Apatow definitely delivers funny and perceptive scenes in This Is 40, but they’re buried in aimless self-indulgence. At Metacritic, the film received a score of 58 based on 37 reviews, which indicates mixed or average reviews. Despite this, the user score is 7.2 based on 9 reviews, which indicates generally favorable reviews.

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone gave the film three stars out of four, saying There are big laughs here, and smaller ones that sting. Rudd and Mann are a joy to watch, especially when their comic darts draw blood, as when Debbie tells charmboy Pete that inside he’s a dick. Cheers as well to a terrific supporting cast, including Melissa McCarthy as a mother from hell, John Lithgow as Debbie’s withdrawn father, and the priceless Albert Brooks as Pete’s dad, living off his son’s dole to support his tow-headed triplets. This Is 40 doesn’t build to a catharsis. It sometimes dawdles as it circles the spectacle of a marriage in flux. Yet Pete and Debbie’s sparring yields some of Apatow’s most personal observations yet on the feelings for husbands, wives, parents, and children that we categorize as love.

Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune said “More like “This Is Whiny” giving the film two and a half stars out of four. “This Is 40” has its share of clever, zingy material, proving that writer-director Judd Apatow has lost none of his ability to land a punch line with the right, unexpected turn of phrase. “My boobs are just … gone,” bemoans Debbie, played by Leslie Mann, comparing hers with the newer models belonging to her boutique employee, played by Megan Fox. Then comes the second line, building smartly on the setup: “They didn’t even say goodbye.” Mann is wonderful, a uniquely skillful comic and dramatic actor—wide-eyed yet merrily devastating when the venom’s called for. Rudd can get away with murder on sheer charm. But it’s easy, and sort of lazy, to establish jokes and entire scenes built upon mocking somebody’s dialect, or the older daughter’s obsession with “Lost.”

 

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