This Is 40

Director: Judd Apatow
Year Released: 2012
Rating: 1.5

More like This Should Be Divorce at 40. Slightly depressing semi-sequel to Knocked Up has a married couple (Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann) both turning the big four-zero and constantly lying to and fighting with each other (but luckily not cheating on each other) - most people would reasonably call it quits, but the status quo is a delightful thing, right? Apatow, now several movies in, still has trouble shaping his pictures: he's clearly trying for a sort of 'naturalism' but at times they almost seem to be aimless, messy affairs, with this one ending with a strongly unlikely reconciliation and hope for a 'promising' future. There are moments of genuine insight sprinkled throughout, but they're far too infrequent, and the same could be said for the humor, which is sub-par (with the exception of Chris O'Dowd and Albert Brooks).