Parents' Guide to

This Is 40

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Edgy midlife comedy has realistic relationship, thin plot.

Movie R 2012 134 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 18+


The RedBox said nothing about nudity and even the rating on here said something like "breasts but none really". Sorry but that IS NUDITY! Children using language as well as parents in the movie in a home is not respectful...what a sad joke of movie.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
2 people found this helpful.
age 18+

Good for a laugh!

This movie is definitely not appropriate for kids - but it wasn't supposed to be! It has some dull moments, but overall a pretty funny movie. I'm only a couple years from 40... This movie is right on in so many disturbing ways!

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (9):

Apatow is clearly in the driver's seat here, showing cracks in a marriage that feels real while still delivering plenty of laughs. Rudd and Mann have great chemistry, and when they bicker, it feels just like two people who know each other intimately and are truly sick of each other. This alone -- and a glimpse at Apatow and Mann's daughters, who play Pete and Debbie's progeny to perfection -- makes This Is 40 worth the watch.

Just don't expect any earth-shattering epiphanies or any sort of offbeat, unique perspective that would elevate this to comedy masterpiece stature. This Is 40 dots all its i's and crosses its t's: The requisite joke about aging (and fear of declaring your real age), the fights between two sisters -- they're all there. Yet it is possible to make a really funny movie that's insightful, too. (See Steve Martin's canon, or most of it.) This Is 40 just isn't it.

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