Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,
Today I present This is 40 for your viewing consideration (2012, Rated R, Available on DVD).
This movie is kind of a sequel to Judd Apatow's Knocked Up, but without the lead characters played by Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl. Now the main characters are Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann), who were featured in Knocked Up. They are joined by some other members of the Knocked Up cast, including Jason Segal as Jason, who is now Debbie's personal trainer, and Charlyne Yi as stoner Jodi, who works in Debbie's boutique.
Pete and Debbie are celebrating their fortieth birthdays, and not everything is so great. Pete's business is failing. Their kids are headed into the annoying teen years with a vengeance. Debbie's boutique has some crazy stuff going on. They have moments of happiness, but, ultimately, have to realize that their lives have changed for good. They're not kids anymore, even if they do eat marijuana cookies.
I liked this movie more than I thought I would. I expected it to be a total disappointment. Some of you may not have liked Knocked Up, but Favorite Young Man and I thought it was hilarious, laugh-out-loud funny. This Is 40 didn't make me laugh, but I chuckled ruefully at times. Pete and Debbie's problems seemed pretty real to me – real even if you don't live in an amazing house and have catered parties and look as good as Leslie Mann.
I totally related to the scene in which Debbie chews out a boy's ass because he's been rude to her daughter. Some people said on IMDB that they thought this scene went too far, but I loved it that Debbie stood up for her kid and wouldn't let the little brat get away with his crap. I did the same thing to a boy who picked on The Hurricane, but without cursing and threatening him with death.
I also enjoyed the scene in which the boy's mom (Melissa McCarthy) joins Pete and Debbie in the principal's office to accuse Debbie of the crime.
What's not real? I think Pete and Debbie would get divorced instead of making the best of things and staying together.
This Is 40 earns The Janie Junebug Seal of Approval.
Rita, I don't know if you'd like this movie. I have my doubts about it. Dee, I feel quite certain you would not like it.
Happy Viewing, Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell. Wow! This is Labor Day weekend. I hope your weather is nice and you can do some fun stuff outdoors. Grill a steak. Swim in a pool. If you can't enjoy the great outdoors, then stock up on movies to watch.
Infinities of love,