This Is 40: Stumbling Towards a Meaningful Life

Posted: January 31, 2013 in Movies

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This is 40 the sort of sequel to Knocked Up is a wryly observed, funny depiction of marriage and female identity crisis that expands the life of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Judd Apatow’s wife Leslie Mann) from Knocked Up to knocked down to knocked back up again.  The circularity, the circle of life, call it whatever you want, redeems a first half of random vignettes that echo the dislocation Ted and Debbie feel about their marriage.  Of course, the Apatow children (Maude and Iris)  appear to make the point that the very thing that Ted and Debbie are running from are the very thing the two of them need to be running towards.  All the dislocation stumbles towards meaning and the coy idea that getting knocked up, having and raising children is what married life is all about.  The whole movie is a cleverly designed feminist frustration.   This Is 40 gets a B.

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