BY ASHLEY KOWALEWSKI
Want to know what your life is going to look like in 5, 10, 15 years? Watch This is 40: A frightening account of what us twenty-somethings have to look forward to with marriage, having kids, and just generally coming to terms with the fact that you’re just not going to stay 25 forever, no matter what you want (that, and also seeing an outside perspective on how snotty teenagers can really be to their parents—were we really ever that bad?!).
Judd Apatow’s “almost sequel” to Knocked Up had lots of buzz and was highly anticipated for pretty much everyone. It seems almost anything Apatow comes up with is pure gold, and we were all suspecting this flick wouldn’t be any different.
In case you live under a rock: This is 40 follows Debbie and Pete (played by the lovely Leslie Mann—Apatow’s hot wife, of course—and the always funny Paul Rudd) as they approach their 40th birthdays and try to come to terms with getting older and how their lives have been affected. What are the main things that people worry about when getting older? Have we had enough fun? Done enough stuff? Are we healthy enough? Do we really love each other enough to stay together forever? Well, fellow twenty-somethings: Apparently these are the questions we will be asking ourselves in a mere 10 years.
Of course, when you pair together the mind of Judd Apatow with Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann’s acting, pure genius is the result. While it’s scary looking into the future for some of us, this collection of talent shows us a hilarious and brilliantly-outrageous—and real, I might add—depiction of married life, leaving your youth behind you, and what it means to actually grow up with someone.
What this movie shows us: At the end of the day growing up ain’t so bad, and love really can conquer all—that, and you’re really never too old to eat a hash cookie at a hotel with your spouse.
While it’s not Knocked Up, This is 40 is a true gem all on its own. The one-liners and storyline really are great and so unbelievably relatable, taking you that step further than “they all lived happily ever after.” The only disappointments were the lack of cameos from Katherine Heigl and Seth Rogan (and no mention of either of them) and it dragged—but just a bit.
Other awesome aspects of this movie: Jason Segal, Megan Fox (and her boobs), Lena Dunham, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd, and the ever-talented Maude and Iris Apatow.
All in all, a definite go-see.
Ashley Kowalewski is an editorial assistant and freelance writer based in Toronto. She has enough nail polish to last a lifetime, reads too much for her own good, and is hopelessly in love with Matt Damon (and his bad movies, too). Follow her @AshKowalewski.