We all know that couple. They bicker all the time. They seem totally mismatched, almost like they stumbled into a marriage and kids and still aren’t quite sure how they got there. We don’t necessarily want to hang out with them too much. But stick them in a new Knocked Up sequel by Judd Apatow, give them hilarious lines, and have them played by Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann? Hell yes! Give me two hours' worth!
The movie, This Is 40, takes up again with the characters originated in 2007's Knocked Up. This time we don't check in with Katherine Heigl and the slacker beau who got her preggers, Seth Rogen. It's about the other couple. You know, the funny one. Judd and Mann were perfect in a hilariously imperfect way. Remember how Rudd was cheating on Mann -- by sneaking off to his fantasy sports league?
Now that Heigl and Rogen are out of the way, we can concentrate on cringing and laughing at this dysfunctional married pair. Mann is Apatow’s real-life wife, and his real-life daughters, Maude and Iris (cool names!), play the couple's kids, just like they did in the first movie. And you really can’t go wrong with a flick that also stars Jason Segel, Megan Fox, and Melissa McCarthy.
I loved this couple because they seemed so real. It was a good reminder that the fine institution of marriage also comes with its share of misunderstandings, missteps, and conflicts. And, let's face it, a marriage can sometimes also be, well, gross -- as you can see in the trailer when Rudd calls his wife into the bedroom as he lies on the bed, legs as far apart as the Grand Canyon, checking out his privates with a mirror. But through all of this, you really get the sense that this couple is in it for the long haul. The long, brutal, gross, funny haul.
The only problem with this film is that I’ll have to wait until Dec. 21 to see it. Check out the trailer. Does it make you want to see the movie?
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