Saturday, 1 June 2013

DVD Review: This Is 40

This Is 40 is the 'sort-of' sequel to Knocked Up, the film which saw Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl coping with unexpected parenthood after a one night stand.  Aiding and abetting were married friends Pete and Debbie, who showed what marriage and parenthood was really like.

In This Is 40, Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie [sic] Mann) get their own film, in which writer, director and producer, Judd Apatow, seeks to expand their story via a combination of hilarity and humanity in a brand new, original comedy.

Both about to turn 40 in the same week, they come to re-evaluate their lives, careers, hopes and expectations, as well as their marriage.  With growing daughters and ageing parents, they are the typical squeezed middle generation, and begin to wonder if there isn't more to life than this.

The film also features a strong supporting cast of comedy regulars including Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids), Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids), Lena Durham (Girls) , Jason Segal (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and John Lithgow (Rise of the Planet of the Apes).

Our view:

Although the premise sounded good on paper, I'm afraid this film really didn't live up to expectation, and we found its coarse humour too much in many instances.  I felt the characters were far too one dimensional, and elicited little or no interest or sympathy from the viewer.  There were a couple of moments which deserved a wry smile, but that was all, overall we felt it was a very disappointing follow up to the passable Knocked Up.  To his credit, Paul Rudd looks rather embarrassed throughout the film, and one can hardly blame him!  Very disappointing.

THIS IS 40 is available to pre-order now, and to buy on Blu-ray™ & DVD - both with Ultraviolet™ on June 24th.

BONUS FEATURES – Exclusive to Blu-ray™ only:
· Includes Exclusive Extended and Theatrical Versions
· The making of This is 40
· Deleted Scenes
· Extended and Alternate Scenes
· Gag Reel
· Line-O-Rama
· Music
· Feature Commentary with Judd Apatow
· Fresh Air with Terry Gross and MUCH MORE!

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