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Movie Review: “This Is 40”

Writer-director Judd Apatow bills “This Is 40” as the “sort-of sequel” to 2007’s “Knocked Up,” but this episodic examination of a couple facing middle age plays like a lengthy highlight/lowlight reel of serial familial squabbling.

Published: December 21, 2012
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Beginning with 2010’s “Funny People,” writer-director Judd Apatow transitioned toward James L. Brooks-style serio-comedies about relationships that dispensed laughs and discomfort in equal doses. Apatow bills “This Is 40” as the “sort-of sequel” to 2007’s “Knocked Up,” but this episodic examination of a couple facing middle age plays like a lengthy highlight/lowlight reel of serial familial squabbling.

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