How did ‘This is 40’ fail me?

We rented This is 40 at my insistence because I thought it would be a slam dunk with Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd and the bonus of a little Melissa McCarthy. These folks are all comic geniuses in my book, and I assumed I was in for another comedy like these favorites of mine: BridesmaidsThe Change-upHorrible Bosses, and the Wedding Crashers. But oh my wasted time no! I think it’s a stretch to even consider it a comedy. I spent the majority of the movie cringing at the relationship at the center of it. Why is this couple staying married when they seem to barely tolerate each other’s existence? There was maybe some valid insight into parenting a teenager — and I’m quite reasonably terrified of that approaching doom, but the other relationships in the movie didn’t seem to be based on anything I’ve ever seen in real life. Fortunately I was rewarded for slogging through the entire movie with the Melissa McCarthy hilarity while the end credits rolled.

 

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