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  • 63

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Give it plenty of points for brutal honesty. But This is 40 could have used more laughs.

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  • 70

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    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    Even with all its ups and downs, there are more than enough bawdy laughs and truthful emotional moments to put this over as a mainstream audience pleaser during a holiday season short on good comedies.

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  • 91

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    This Is 40 isn't always hilarious, but it's ticklishly honest and droll about all the things being a parent can do to a relationship. And why it's still worth it.

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Pause for kids 16 & under

Edgy midlife comedy has realistic relationship, thin plot.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that This Is 40 is a sort-of sequel to Judd Apatow's popular comedy Knocked Up, following that movie's supporting characters, Debbie (Leslie Mann) and Pete (Paul Rudd), as they hit mid-life and start taking their marriage, and each other, for granted. It's classic Apatow, combining raunchy humor with tender moments, sometimes in the same scene, in ways that seem both realistic and entertaining. There are lots of sexual references and some intimate moments (though not much actual nudity beyond a woman's breasts), suggested oral sex, graphic bathroom humor, a scene of adults getting very high on pot cookies, other drinking/smoking, kids and teenagers misbehaving, and tons of strong language ("f--k," "s--t," and much more).

  • Families can talk about how This Is 40 portrays marriage. Does Pete and Debbie's relationship seem realistic? Does it seem healthy? How does it compare to other movie marriages?
  • Would you say Pete and Debbie are good parents? How do their relationships with their kids compare to their relationships to their own fathers?
  • Does the fact that This Is 40 is a comedy make the issues it touches on seem less serious? Do raunchy bits make movies like this funnier, or do they go overboard?
  • How relatable is Pete and Debbie's lifestyle? Does that fact that they're wealthy make their issues less sympathetic?

The good stuff
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    Messages: This Is 40 takes the position that marriage is hard, and people will irritate each other no matter how strong a connection they may have. But being able to ignore the small stuff and work together on the big things, even when you might think your partner is acting ridiculous, is the key to making a relationship last for the long haul.

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    Role models: Pete and Debbie bicker about what music to listen to, nag each other about each other's unhealthy and annoying habits, fight about parenting issues, and lie about their spending habits. In other words, they have a convincingly normal marriage, and when they aren't screaming, they clearly love each other. In fact, in one tender moment they promise never to murder each other, and it really sounds caring.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Several heated fights -- between a long-married couple, between parents and children, and between a frustrated boss and his employees. Two men get into a fist fight that leaves one rolling on the ground in pain.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Lots of sexual references, and two scenes featuring a married couple in intimate moments, including a spontaneous episode of oral sex that shows a woman's head moving up and down. A wife propositions her husband (her breasts are shown) in a scene that's anything but intimate. Other scenes show a woman in her underwear for no specific reason. A married couple watches a young woman have enthusiastic sex from a webcam when she doesn't know she's being watched. Another scene shows one female character poking at another's breasts with admiration. A character admits to being a professional escort. A breast is shown when a character gets a mammogram.

  • language false5

    Language: Tons of swearing, with very frequent use of "f--k," plus "s--t," "d--k," "c--k," "prick," "a--hole," "c--t," "p---y," "boob," "ass," "crap," "damn," "goddamn," "oh my God," and more. Teens swear at their parents, and adults swear at other teens, as well as each other, both during casual conversation and in moments of stress.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Many Apple products are featured prominently, especially a frequently used iPad. Several characters wear Nike sportswear. Characters also name-check well-known brands, including Facebook and the TV show Glee. The series Lost plays an important role in the plot and is mentioned repeatedly. Many musicians are also mentioned by name, and a few appear in the film.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: An adult couple gets very high on pot cookies and acts ridiculous. A woman is trying to give up cigarettes but often smokes them secretly. People drink beer and other drinks at bars and parties.