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“This is 40" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

After years of marriage, Pete (Rudd) and Debbie (Mann) are approaching a milestone meltdown. As they try to balance romance, careers, parents and children in their own hilarious ways, they must also figure out how to enjoy the rest of their lives. This Is 40 is a candid and heartwarming comedy about the challenges and rewards of marriage and parenthood in the modern age. There are a lot of genuine laughs in This Is 40, many bordering on bad taste--but still hilarious. 

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2012, Color, rated: R, 2 hours 14 Minutes
  • 1080p
  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • English, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring: Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, John Lithgow, Megan Fox
  • Directed by: Judd Aptow
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

Even though I slept through my mid-life crisis, I still found some of the situations and conflicts in this flick to hit close enough to home to make me chuckle nervously. The chemistry between Rudd and Mann is great to watch. Some of the scenes require that they be very comfortable with each other, if you catch my drift. The humor ranges from amusing to down right crude and raunchy. Albert Brooks and John Lithgow round out a cast that makes this film a fun watch. And who knew? Megan Fox looks fine in a bikini. My biggest complaint is that at over 2 hours, it could have been slimmed down a bit. There is a lot of bickering going on within the family which could have been reduced and still maintained the essential humor. Remember, there is a reason this movie is rated R, so no kids allowed!

Technical

The sound and picture were fine, but nothing stellar. I’m getting used to seeing films done on Epic RED, so I expect more details to pop. Having a “fine” picture quality in the age of BD is a bit of a downer. It's just that the picture quality is nondescript. Still, no digital artifacts or loss of detail was noticed in the darker scenes. Sound is clear, with some lively soundtrack music. Did I mention a few live performances from Graham Parker (remember the 80's?)? If you don’t know of him…you are obviously not old enough to be going through a mid-life crisis!

Extras

Deleted scenes, Commentary with Judd Aptow, Graham Parker and The Rumor play some music and a gag reel. There are also several extras in the HD format.