| December 21, 2012

Between "Les Miserables," "Django Unchained" and so many soon-to-be Oscar contenders opening at the box office this holiday weekend, it's hard to know what's worth the price of admission.

Let’s take a look at Judd Apatow’s “This is 40.”

Featuring Paul Rudd (“Clueless,” “Anchorman”) and Leslie Mann, the "sort-of sequel" to "Knocked Up” brings us back to the lives of married couple Pete and Debbie as they juggle hitting 40 with two kids.

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First, I promise that you will not stop chuckling all the way through. It is not one of those "oh I've seen all the funny parts in the trailer" kind of movies. Just wait for Melissa McCarthy (“Bridesmaids”) to make her brief but laugh-out-loud improved snippet of a scene. She is flat-out comedic gold.

So what's the problem? There's no real point. Sure there's tension with some financial and familial problems, plus one real big surprise halfway through, but nothing seems real. For example, in one scene we hear Pete lament over how much money his new record label is losing. And yet in the next, we see Pete and Debbie wining and dining in a luxury hotel. Yes, I get it, part of the issue is they need to keep up "appearances" but Pete's ongoing “I’m over indulging on cupcakes” joke loses some weight with the audience when we are staring at a slim, bike-riding Paul Rudd.

There were some definitely relatable moments, especially for the couples out there. But yet, a majority of the gags and plot seems to veer off more than once. Again, with a two-hour running time, it could be chopped down by at least thirty minutes and still maintain all that Apatow charm we adore.

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One more question? Who's supposed to see this? Forty-something couples with kids on Christmas weekend? Soon to be married twenty-somethings with a twisted delusion that their real life marriage will turn out exactly like this fairy tale comedy? Still trying to figure that one out.

The Date Nighter Says:
Surprisingly for a DATE movie, this may be as good as it gets. The couple humor coupled with your love for humor makes this worthy of a date night. See it or wait to stream it, it's still pretty darn funny.