‘This is 40’ is funny… but not that funny

Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in 'This is 40'
Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in ‘This is 40’

[rating=3]Starring:  Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Maude Apatow, Iris Apatow, Jason Segel, Annie Mumulo, Robert Smigel, Megan Fox, John Lithgow, and Albert Brooks
Director(s):  Judd Apatow
Writer(s):  Judd Apatow

This is 40 isn’t the first movie about the trauma of a birthday with a zero in it.  Nor is it the first to look at the concept of a mid-life crisis.  But it’s the first movie I can remember where two of the supporting characters from another movie become the central characters in a “sort of sequel” to that movie five years later.

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‘Fun with Dick and Jane’ tries to update 1977 comedy, but fails

Jim Carrey and Téa Leoni are a husband and wife on a crime spree in 'Fun with Dick and Jane'
Jim Carrey and Téa Leoni are a husband and wife on a crime spree in ‘Fun with Dick and Jane’

Fun with Dick and Jane screenwriter Judd Apatow, fresh off of his big screen debut with The 40 Year Old Virgin runs into the sophomore jinx in this outing, and the efforts of noted director Dean Parisot (Home FriesGalaxy Quest) can’t help the film overcome a horribly weak script. That’s the simple explanation, but there is more. This is a remake of a wonderful film from 1977 that starred Jane Fonda (imagine, choosing Jane to play Jane, how original) and the underrated George Segal and the remake suffers by comparison.

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