Tara Fass: Divorce Proof Your Marriage With This is 40
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Judd Apatow's newest missive This is 40 is a plausible romantic comedy about a married Gen-Ex couple striving to improve their lives. Film critics and acquaintances are equally divided on its cinematic virtues. Dear friend and longtime Apatow fan Gary Stewart and I recently engaged in a lengthy discussion of its merits.
Make no mistake, This is 40 raises prickly issues in a light-hearted way. Not mere raunchy male comedy meets chick lit flick, our protagonists are in a mid-life funk, not a level five nuclear meltdown nor a four alarm fire just approaching one. Not too late to avoid divorce, it's time to hit the pause button on their conflicts, fight fair and repair. These folks are managing very delicate and real probabilities.
The hater's camp finds these protagonists to be privileged, whiny, shallow ingrates -- contemporary Bickersons and fairly unsympathetic. A hypocritical contentious wife who nags an adorable but feckless husband is not entertaining or enlighteni
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