Film review: This Is 40

By Helene Wong In Film

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7th February, 2013
Bit dubious opening this on Valentine’s Day. Its depiction of marriage at midlife, with money worries and kids at each other’s throats, is hardly encouraging. But Judd Apatow has always been about relationship realism, dished up in comedies he’s written, directed or produced about awkward, likeably unlikeable characters – see, for example, Knocked Up and Bridesmaids. Here, he writes and directs a “sort-of” sequel to the former, but it falls far short of the latter. The laughs are variable, positioned somewhere between satire and schoolboy without finding solid ...

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