Have you ever seen a movie so depressing it’s good? In December 2012 a film called This is 40 became another welcome addition to that list. This film was a spin off from a movie called Knocked Up. We follow Pete and Debbie from supporting casts to leading roles.
Director Judd Apatow gave us a deeper insight into the lives of Pete played by Paul Rudd and Debbie played by Leslie Mann. A married couple with kids, lives, work and the approaching age of 40.
Other faces you’ll see working in this comedy are Maude Apatow as Sadie, Iris Apatow as Charlotte and Megan Fox as Desi. With appearances from two people I’m always happy to see, Albert Brooks as Larry and John Lithgow as Oliver.
Life is hard, sometimes dirty, fun and beautiful. A true rollercoaster that the cast betrays wonderfully. This
story has sexual content, humor, language, brief nudity and drug use which gets it an R rating. Again, life is sometimes dirty, but the beautiful moments shine through this film over and over.
While watching this film, for some of us it will be the escape from normalcy like, any other movie filled with a great cast/script. Others of us will relate to the pressures of life, the way the family adapts to the changing times and the small victories, no matter how small, still count as a victory.
For 134 minutes I went on a up/down hill ride of enjoyment. Being shown that not everyone’s life is the same but we wind up fighting some of the same battles. As we continue to grow not only as individuals but with the people around us. Our relationships with friends and family are always changing due to the circumstances of life. How we change to adapt is what this movie brings to light, not a question how or even an answer but a surreal statement of… this is 40.
5 stars to a film that showed me that meltdowns and freakouts are ok… just breath.