Niagara Gazette —
At age 40, Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Mann) are long-married and facing numerous crises that Apatow thinks are funny (hemorrhoids, vulgar and obnoxious children, and employees who may be stealing). “This Is 40,” which doesn’t contain an interesting story, consists merely of a series of vignettes that fail on every level. Rudd is an accomplished actor, and a favorite of the director, but he’s reached his sell-by date with this effort.
In an act that strikes me as twisted, Apatow’s daughters play the children in the movie, and the filth that spews out of their mouths amounts to overkill. I suppose Judd and Leslie think it’s harmless to have their little Maude and Iris swear, but there’s something perverse at play here.
“This Is 40” is about a family you wouldn’t want to know, so why bother to pay good money spending time with them?
Movie reviewer Michael Calleri can be reached at movie email@example.com.