This Is 40
A rambunctious, uneven, raunchy and finally winning family comedy, Apatow-style.
Judd Apatow's new big studio home movie is a two-hour wobble between the honestly funny and the downright unbearable. Truth be told, there is more that's hard to take in the first half and more hilarity in the second, which is a good thing, but it remains unclear whether or not the filmmaker would recognize the difference between the two. Using the three female members of his immediate family in leading roles opposite Paul Rudd as his alter ego, the most productive comic filmmaker of the last several years serves up a goulash of autobiography, confessional, self-psychoanalysis, marriage counseling, midlife angst, anatomical pranks, well-oiled shtick and far too many scenes that calculatedly end with obscene kickers. Even with all its ups and downs, there are more than enough bawdy laughs and truthful emotional moments to put this over as a mainstream audience-pleaser during a holiday season short on good comedies.
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