Film Review: Paul Rudd in “This is 40” hits a new low for gross, stupefying entertainment

Film Review: Judd Apatow’s “This is 40” with Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann
by Larry Murray

Judd Apatow’s film This is 40, supposedly a sequel to Knocked Up, does not deserve the time to recount its inanities in detail, so we’ll just touch on the highlights in this review, enough to give you a flavor of this film. The clip above has some of the more palatable moments from the movie. Believe it or not, it actually gets a lot more stupid. And it is getting wide release this Friday, December 21.

The trailer offered to the public is misleading.

The trailer that gives you a real taste of the film is here – (Click Me) – you will be hard pressed to find anything less uplifting. I was unable to embed it since it does have some pretty offensive/parental guidance needed content. The film is rated R, the reasons for this are below.

Paul Rudd finds himself in a compromising situation.

Paul Rudd finds himself in a compromising situation.

You see the highlight of this comedy is that you get to visit Paul Rudd’s perineum! Watch Leslie Mann intestines as she gets a colonoscopy! Watch her in the stirrups at her gyno!

Watch children obsess over Lost! Listen them dish Mad Men! It’s a script with more exclamation points than a narrative arc.

Leslie Mann has her privacy invaded, too.

Leslie Mann has her privacy invaded, too.

Although this is not a gross-out movie, it does have enough unseemly content to keep adolescent boys laughing out loud in your favorite cinema. Boobs, bikinis and babes are in plentiful supply too, as Judd Apatow tries to keep the kids amused as the film attempts to make the act of turning 40 some sort of existential crisis. It has every overused theatrical device demanded by pop movies – you will be comforted by its lack of offering one thing new. You can see truly creative films elsewhere, especially in this month with so many good, creative movies vying for Oscar nominations.

If you have been avoiding films with cinematic innovations, or those that make you think, This is 40 might just work for you. And there is a bonus! If you enjoy hearing foul language this film truly excels in that department, not only with potty talk but with an record-setting 131 F-bombs. Yes, someone actually counted how often the phrase is repeated. It’s like a two-hour long trail of Chinese firecrackers that follow the characters like some angry dragon.

The plot is simple, Debbie is turning 40. She thinks it is the end of youth and decides to try some new things. That’s about it. The film meanders all over the place with a series of scenes that sets a new low in gross, stupefying entertainment.

(L to R) Charlotte (IRIS APATOW), Sadie (MAUDE APATOW), Pete (PAUL RUDD) and Debbie (LESLIE MANN) in "This Is 40".

(L to R) Charlotte (IRIS APATOW), Sadie (MAUDE APATOW), Pete (PAUL RUDD) and Debbie (LESLIE MANN) in “This Is 40”.

Bicker. Bicker. Bicker. Icky Gag. Guffaw.

Bicker. Bicker. Bicker.Banal joke. Yuk yuk yuk.

Some people find the mindless nattering of fake on-screen families totally amusing. Can their own lives, their own squabbling be so devoid of humor they have to go to the movies to see that it is actually fun to be totally self-absorbed?

If you fall into the latter category, this film is for you.

If you have any intelligence, and eschew argumentative people, give this Titanic of a film a wide berth. And don’t worry, it will soon sink from sight.

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This additional information about the movie’s content is taken from the notes of various Canadian Film Classification boards:
– Portrayals of non-graphic violence.
– Brief explicit violence.
– Depictions of fighting, stabbing and explosion.
– Some scenes may frighten children.
– Disturbing scenes.
Sexual Content:
– Breast nudity in a non-sexual context.
– Partial or full nudity in a brief sexual situation.
– Infrequent portrayals of sexual activity with buttock nudity and some detail.
– Embracing and kissing.
– Fondling.
– Implied sexual activity.
– Simulated sexual activity.
– Sexual references and innuendo.
– Frequent use of crude and descriptive sexual language.
– Infrequent crude portrayals of bodily functions.
-Offensive scenes.
Approximately 131 instances of coarse language, including:
– Pervasive use of the sexual expletive, many in a sexual context.
– Frequent use of scatological slang, profanity, and vulgar expressions.
– Slurs and sexual references.
Drugs and Alcohol:
– Portrayal of illegal drug use in a recreational context, with some detail.
– Substance abuse.

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