Sunday, January 6, 2013

This is 40

Although This is 40 lacked as many side splitting laughs as expected, it did instead deliver continuous moderate chuckles and interesting experiences that the viewers have themselves likely experienced but never found that funny at the time.  I think I prefer this pace of laughter, and enjoyed the experience and impression that I was watching something meaningful and at times even thought provoking.  Paul Rudd is as usual the understated comic genius and Leslie Mann is also quite funny.  Judd Apatow's, children were surprisingly effective as the young children, particularly Maude Apatow who showed flairs of her own comic talent.

It was odd that during the opening scenes I found the dialogue delivery to be quite quirky and awkward, (almost as though it lacked the familiar Hollywood flow I'm accustomed to).  However as the movie carried on I started to realize that this style was working for me and actually seemed more realistic and endearing.  And I further came to the realization that this might be more how people actually talk, as opposed to the smooth eloquence suggested in more polished dialogue.  This made the movie even more relatable, which from experience is in Apatow's wheel house.

So as the film is true to it's name I recommend this to all the 30 and 40 somethings out there, and suggest that the youth market may not find it as accessible as some of his earlier work like 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up and series Freaks and Geeks.

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