This is 40: Review

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If you love Judd Apatow movies, then you will love this. It is written in the same style as his other movies and the dialogue is as witty as its predecessor, Knocked Up.

This “sort-of sequel” focuses on Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann), who are both turning forty within the same week. You may remember their troublesome marriage from Knocked Up as Debbie was Katherine Hiegl’s sister in that movie. They were forever arguing and getting upset with each other, so you can only imagine what they are like a few years down the line. They have day-to-day struggles but the main concern in this film is their age and their financial troubles.

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The first hour was fantastic- I thought the dialogue was so realistic and the scenarios were completely plausible. They had their problems but it was funny, bickering problems. These then get worse and it just becomes a lot of shouting and swearing and gets a bit random in places. It stopped becoming funny because it looked like they may divorce and I just wasn’t enjoying the constant yelling. I would say that it was fine for the first 60-90 mins but then it gets a bit crazy.

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I think I liked this more than Knocked Up because the humour wasn’t through random happenings or characters, it was because their depiction of family life is very accurate. Things did get a bit over the top and random further into the movie, when everything descended into chaos.

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I love Judd’s writing and I think Rudd and Mann had brilliant chemistry. They were brilliant together and it just felt like some of their dialogue was improvised. Their two children were hilarious in their own right- that may be because they were both played by Leslie and Judd’s real-life daughter, Iris and Maude. There were plenty of familiar supporting characters. Jason Segel is barely in it as Debbie’s personal trainer, Megan Fox gets the biggest supporting role as Debbie’s colleague, John Lithgow as Debbie’s dad, Melissa McCarthy as a parent (I didn’t like her part) plus Chris O’ Dowd and Lena Dunham pop up as workers at Pete’s record label. I would have loved to see more of these characters.

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I really did enjoy this, for the most part. It doesn’t really relate to Knocked Up at all and Katherine Heigl makes no appearance despite them being close in that movie and there being family events in this. It did seem a bit strange. There isn’t much of a plot, just several obstacles that need overcoming. It could have been about half hour shorter as 135 minutes is a long time for a comedy. I think the dialogue and characterisation of the central family make up for that- they are spot on. I recommend.

Top Films for February

feb1

Flight

Denzel Washington stars in his Oscar-nominated role of a pilot who manages to land a plane when the system fails. He is hailed a hero until it is discovered that he was under the influence of alcohol during the flight, which is illegal so he has to stand trial. Don Cheadle plays his defence lawyer in what seems like a hard-hitting drama about morals. Released: 1st

 

feb2

Hitchcock

Anthony Hopkins stars as the famous horror director, Alfred Hitchcock, in this look at his life, his work and his marriage during the filming of the classic horror, Psycho. If you have seen the BBC1 drama “The Girl”, which is similar but on the set of The Birds, you will know that Alfred was a weird and creepy man. Helen Mirren has been Oscar nominated for her supporting role as his wife Alma. Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Biel also star. Released: 8th

 

feb3

Wreck-It Ralph

This looks like a quality Disney animation. It is completely original as it set in the world of arcade games meaning there are plenty of pop culture references. Ralph is fed up of being a villain in his game so he escapes and tours other games until he finds where he belongs. The trailer makes it look incredible! John C Reilly voices the lead and is joined by Jane Lynch and Sarah Silverman. Released: 8th

 

feb4

This is 40

I CANNOT wait for this! It been released in the US for ages. This is the “sort of spin-off sequel” of Knocked Up and revolves around the marriage of Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann. If you remember what they were like in the original movie, just imagine how dysfunctional their marriage is now that they are pushing 40. Judd Apatow is a genius, so as long as it is as good as the first one, I’ll be happy. It co-stars Megan Fox, Jason Segel, Chris O’Dowd and Lena Dunham. Released: 14th

 

feb5

Mama

I thought I would throw in a horror to mix it up a bit. This genuinely looks petrifying though AND it stars Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain, so it must be good, right?! Annabel (Chastain) and Lucas take on his young nieces after they had been left alone in a forest for five years. Naturally, they are going to be a bit messed up but it seems they brought something into the house with them… Released: 22nd

 

I have deliberately missed out Hansel & Gretel, A Good Day To Die Hard, Warm Bodies and Cloud Atlas. These are all “big” films for this month but they just look so bad and I have no inclination to see them at all.

Top movies coming this year

Here is my look forward to the movies coming to us this year. The choices below are what I am most excited about. The release dates are subject to change.

Film Title: This Is 40

THIS IS 40

I cannot wait for this spin-off to 2007’s comedy Knocked Up. This focuses on Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd’s marriage, which was a bit crazy in the first film, so you can only imagine how they are now that they are pushing 40. I love the leads and it is written and directed by Judd Apatow, so that can only mean good things. It has a sweet supporting cast from the likes of Megan Fox, Jason Segel, Chris O’ Dowd, Lena Dunham and Melissa McCarthy. Released: 14th February

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CARRIE

This is the remake of the 1976 film starring Sissy Spacek. Chloe Moretz is now in the lead playing the loner with telekinetic powers who has to deal with an overbearing Christian fundamentalist mother (Julianne Moore). Her powers spiral out of control when the school bullies humiliate her at the prom. If you have seen the original, you will know what this will be like- creepy, weird and bloody. Released: 5th April

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IRON MAN 3

Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr) world as he knows it has been turned upside down- his house and his inventions are destroyed, there is an enemy working in a replica iron man suit and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) has been captured. He must find out who is responsible and stop them. This leads him to his greatest rival of all-the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), leader of a terrorist organisation. I love this franchise and hopefully this will be as good as the previous two. Director Jon Favreau  hasn’t returned this time so I hope that won’t affect it too much. The regulars are back as well as new characters played by Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall. Released: 26th April

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THE GREAT GATSBY

I have been waiting for this for AGES, especially since its release was pushed back from December. The story is told by Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) who recalls his time with his neighbour and millionaire Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) during the height of “the roaring twenties”. Carey Mulligan plays love interest Daisy Buchanan. The film is directed by Baz Luhrmann and you certainly get a Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet vibe from the trailer. A must-see. Released: 17th May

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THE HANGOVER PART III

Now, I think this franchise is hilarious but I really hope it doesn’t use the same template as the previous two because that will start getting a bit tedious. The regular cast are back and it is thought the boys will take on Tijuana although some parts have been shot in Las Vegas too, so perhaps they go there as well. Director Todd Phillips said in an interview that this would be the ending and it will not follow the same structure. Yay! I want to know what happens now! Released: 24th May

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

This film is set ten years before the events of Monsters Inc. (2001) and we see Sully (John Goodman) and Mike (Billy Crystal) meeting for the first time at college and becoming enemies. We find out how they end up the best of friends. If it’s anything like the first movie, I’m going to love it! Released: 12th July

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THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

I so hope that this sequel will be as good as the first. Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss Everdeen. She is now a victor of The Hunger Games, yet the Capitol’s President is not happy with her scheming so he engineers a “best of the best” Hunger Games tournament, featuring all the previous victors- meaning both Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Katniss have to return. This time, the arena is much harder and the opponents are tougher. The book is amazing so I hope this does it justice. Released: 22nd November

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ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND CONTINUES

Nothing has been revealed about this but I loved the first one and I am so excited about this. All the characters are back from the 2004 original and what a cast it is- Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner (Champ Kind), Christina Applegate, Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson. It better be epic. Released: 20th December

Video: Megan Fox gets her groove on in This Is 40

Here’s a short, hilarious behind-the-scenes video from the making of This is 40, the spin-off to the 2007 comedy Knocked Up.

In this video, you will see Megan Fox talking about her dancing scenes with co-star Leslie Mann. Seeing Megan really getting into her dance moves is brilliant! She is so funny. It shows that she doesn’t take herself too seriously and is happy to do crazy moves for the sake of comedy.

I cannot wait for this movie which is why I’m so disappointed by it’s release over here! The US can see it from tomorrow whereas we have to wait until February. Boo!

Here’s the snippet and below that, I’ve added the trailer so you can get a feel for the whole thing.

 

 

Video: This is 40 trailer

This film looks so good and it is still so far away!

Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann star in this “sort-of sequel” to Knocked Up. Personally, it is more of a spin-off as it follows the lives of Pete and Debbie, who we met in Knocked Up. Debbie is the sister to Katherine Heigl’s character, who then got up the duff after a one-night-stand with Seth Rogen. Seth and Katherine are not expected to make an appearance in this film, which will follow the lives of Pete and Debbie and their marital woes.

You can guess what they will be like as we’ve seen their marriage in trouble in Knocked Up and now just jump forward a few years later, and they will have more troubles. Jason Segel will also make a reappearance as Rogen’s stoner buddy Jason.

New cast members include Megan Fox, Melissa McCarthy, Lena Dunham, John Lithgow and Chris O’Dowd. It is written, produced and director by Judd Apatow and stars his wife, Leslie Mann, so you know what to expect. It will have the same type of humour as Knocked Up, The 40-year-old Virgin and Funny People.

I am excited for this because I think the chemistry and comic genius of Rudd and Mann will be great and they have got an amazing supporting cast. The movie is set for December 21st now after being pushed back from a summer showing. I can’t wait!