The fatigue hasn't set in yet with This is 40 (and it's not likely to in 2013, with Anchorman 2 on the way and almost guaranteed to be a smash).
Picking up where they left off in 2007's Knocked Up, Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann's characters continue as the happily married couple with typical mid-life issues.
His production of Graham Parker's album isn't going so well and her clothes shop has its own struggles. There are moments when This is 40 could be funnier, and it's certainly a little too long, but this is highly watchable entertainment.
Rudd and Parker are both impossible not to love. (Parker, whose 1982 song "Temporary Beauty," unfortunately not included in the soundtrack, is one of my all-time favorites. It's an MTV classic that is better than anything Elvis Costello ever did.)
With a slew of cameos, the best ones are Melissa McCarthy, Megan Fox, AlbertBrooks, John Lithgow, and Jason Segel.
***1/2 out of ***** stars
(The following list of Apatow's movies doesn't even count TV shows he's been involved with such as Freaks and Geeks, The Ben Stiller Show, and Girls.)
|1992||Crossing the Bridge||No||Yes||No||No|
|The Cable Guy||No||Yes||Yes||No|
|2004||Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy||No||Yes||No||Yes|
|Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie||No||Yes||No||Yes|
|2005||Kicking & Screaming||No||Yes||No||No|
|The 40-Year-Old Virgin||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Fun with Dick and Jane||No||Yes||Yes||No|
|2006||The TV Set||No||Yes||No||No|
|Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby||No||Yes||No||No|
|Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story||No||Yes||Yes||No|
|Forgetting Sarah Marshall||No||Yes||No||No|
|You Don't Mess with the Zohan||No||No||Yes||No|
|2010||Get Him to the Greek||No||Yes||No||No|
|The Five-Year Engagement||No||Yes||No||No|
|This Is 40||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|2013||Can a Song Save Your Life?||No||Yes||No||No|