Se trata de otro cabal ejemplo de la comedia entedida por Apatow: una serie de retazos de la vida cotidiana donde nada parece estar condimentado para la inmediata aceptación del público. La comedia de Apatow es una que intenta desarrollarse a través de momentos de melancólica amargura, una vida en la que se van sucediendo, de manera intermitente, canciones felices y canciones tristes. Ambas son partes de la vida.
This was awkward to watch for me because this is basically the reality of my life (No, I'm not forty). Comedic moments by the shitload, and a hilarious reference to LOST, how could I ever hate this movie?
Well, scrap the BMW, myriad of Apple products, the "$30K" neon sign, bicycle, and $1.5M+ house and all the problems would be solved. Or, you know, what responsible people do. It's strange how Apatow presents the antithesis so often, and how by the end of the 2+ hrs, I was rooting for the guy who opened his door on Pete. Selfishness re-asserted. But Megan Fox is rather good in this.
Apatow's radicalization continues as he delivers a tragicomic portrait of modern American marriage as an endlessly cyclical car crash in slow motion. Pete and Debbie's relationship is beset by the ignored, dulled traumas of their respective pasts, as well as by the inevitable turn of the economic system that once supported their lifestyles. As in Funny People, the conclusion is mere respite, peaceful yet fleeting.
At first glance this may seem to pale in ambition next to Funny People, but Apatow takes a lot of chances here: some of them pay off and others don't, but I admire them all the same. It's a messy film that can be hard to love at times and it is far too simple to label it as a complete success or failure—This is 40 gets slotted into the "very interesting if not great" category. I'll return to it before long.
I didn't want to like This is 40, but some of it was just too familiar to hate, even if I'm just nearly 40 myself. Seriously too long and for some reason the main characters seemed more tolerable here than they did in Knocked Up. Too many of the characters were in a haze where they should've either been beefed up or cut out entirely (probably the latter.) I wouldn't avoid it but don't knock yourself out to see it.
Some laughs, although not as many as it's advertised as having (typical). Essentially, "This Is 40" should be titled "This Is Rich People's Problems" because the entire film has absolutely no emphasis on growing old as much as dealing with how the couple keeps their mansion, keep their kids in private school, keep their sex life alive, and a myriad of other inane issues only an ape like Apatow would find stimulating.