The Grade Book: “This is 40”

This is 40

Plot: A couple deal with the struggles of life as they enter their 40s.

Director: Judd Apatow.

Writer: Judd Apatow.

Cast: Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jason Segel, Megan Fox, John Lithgow, and Albert Brooks.

Genres: Comedy, Drama.

Running Time: 2 hours and 14 minutes.

MPAA Rating: R.




SUMMARY OF THOUGHTS: This is 40 features good acting and a few hilarious moments, but the film is crippled by aimless moments and a long running time.



  • Christian Becker:

Grade: B

Very funny, smart, and filled with likable performances. But it is overlong to the point of dragging.

  • Tyler Christian:

Grade: C

Should otherwise translate to “Minor League Judd Apatow.” The length is unbelievably overlong, paced poorly, and features numerous scenes that should’ve been deleted scene options in the special features. Admittedly, I did chuckle a lot throughout the film, but the self-indulgent aimlessness of the film’s “plot” always had me asking the question “what is the point?” I know that Apatow is capable of making better films than this, so I hope this film is just a short speed-bump in his otherwise brilliant comedy career.

  • Chad Gleason (MovieManCHAD):


Grade: B-

It’s very funny, but out-stays its welcome!!!

  • James Michael Holtz (WeWatchedAMovie):

Grade: C

Really wanted to like this film and knew it was going to be more “grown up” than Knocked Up. Still yet they tried to dig a bit too far into these people’s lives and became more over-dramatic than endearing. Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann are charismatic as always and carry it for a bit but it’s just a bit too much in the end.

  • Steven Hunt:

Grade: C-

While the performances are mostly great and there are some very funny scenes in the movie, most of the run time consists of Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann fighting. That aspect of the movie is pointless and is not fun to watch. There is no point to most of this movie and it just meanders along for the excruciating 130 minutes it runs. Judd Apatow needs to learn how to cut down his run times.

  • Scott Menzel:

Grade: D+

This is one comedy that needed to stop at the 90-minute mark. This film contains way too many secondary characters and plot lines plus it does a really bad job of trying to blur the lines between a comedy and a drama. Judd Apatow definitely uses the same jokes in this one as he has done before but fails to appeal to the same audience. While its not an awful film, its definitely not one that will win the majority of its viewers over throughout its bloated 2 hour and 15 minute run time.

  • Jake Peffer:

Grade: B-

It’s overly long and features characters that should have been taken out but Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann have great chemistry and the movie has enough funny moments to make it worthwhile.

  • Delon Villanueva:

Grade: C+

Judd Apatow delivers his most honest and personal comedy yet, but it severely suffers from a poor structure. The characters and their relationships are well-written and fleshed out, but the movie keeps them in the same place throughout a long running time. As a huge Apatow fan, I am disappointed, but I continue to admire his ambition.

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