This is 40, where do I start? To even call the film a comedy is an insult to the definition of the word. The film is an absolute comic misfire from beginning to end. Simply put, there is nothing likable or funny in this tragic mistake of a movie. From beginning to finish, I was wondering when this undesirable trash was going to end. The characters are terrible people with no redeeming qualities, the story is pointless, and the acting is some of the worst I've ever seen. Who ever told Leslie Mann she could act was a red faced liar deserving severe punishment.
As the "sort of" sequel to Knocked Up, I was expecting something along the lines of the original. My expectations were proven wrong over and over again. Each time I thought the movie was going to find a plot, my hopes were dashed by another scene that was annoying and disrespectful to its paying audience. The movie has no story arc whatsoever. It just moves from one scenario to the next with absolute disregard for what makes a good movie: characters and story. This film has neither. Instead, it stars cardboard cutouts doing their best to qualify every 40 year old cliche in the book while insulting each other to varying degrees for two hours and fifteen minutes straight.
After an hour, my wife and I kept looking at each other (laughing) wondering when this was going to end. After another hour and fifteen minutes, it was finally over. For the first time in my movie viewing life, I actually let out a heavy sigh of relief. I'm not a church going person, but I thanked God that this Apatow blasphemy had come to a much needed conclusion.
This Is 40 will go down as Apatow's worst. And he deserves it. The movie is a travesty that should have never seen a theater. It should have been left on the cutting room floor, swept up, then burned out of fear that someone might dig it up one day. I can (for the first time ever) say that I absolutely hate a movie and it's This Is 40.