I know the reception that This is 40 had from many fellow reviewers and critics, and though I haven’t gotten the opportunity to see it yet, I still have to believe that they can’t be right about the film not being enjoyable.  Judd Apatow is bringing some killer players to the table with John Lithgow and Albert Brooks taking part in the cast, as well as Jason Segel who has never disappointed me and Melissa McCarthy who brings it with every role she takes on.  I know, I haven’t mentioned the stars, but I’m getting there.

Granted Paul Rudd has been hit or miss in the past few years, but his hits have been solid and come on, it’s Paul Rudd, all you ladies know what I’m getting at, whether you want to admit it or not.  If you don’t, you need to see Clueless, like right now.  So….I’m not the biggest fan of Leslie Mann, except when Judd Apatow is directing her.  Don’t get me wrong, I think I would probably adore her in real life, I just don’t love some of the roles she has chosen.  I did, however love her in Knocked Up, which this film follows up on, particularly Mann’s character, Debbie’s life with her husband Pete after their characters’ introduction in Knocked Up.

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Maybe Apatow got ahead of himself and the people who loved Knocked Up so very much aren’t quite there.  They don’t “get it” yet, this isn’t their life right now.  As for everyone else, they are most likely in some form of denial.  No one seems to want to admit they are 40, contrary to the proclamations of powerful women and successful men everywhere, it’s still halfway to old.  Then there are those who are getting close to 40 but aren’t in the family situation yet, or not far enough in to understand.  So, twenty and thirty-somethings, lets not be afraid of 40, of becoming these people, but let us embrace the insight and humor that this film can bring to our future life.  If you didn’t see this film in the theater, maybe now is the time to embrace what it has to offer, which by the look of the Combo Pack, is a lot.  Look for This is 40 March 22, 2013.

The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack allows consumers to view This Is 40 anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice. It includes a Blu-ray™ disc, a DVD, a Digital Copy and UltraViolet™ for the ultimate, complete viewing experience.

  • Blu-ray™ disc unleashes the power of your HDTV and is the best way to watch movies at home, featuring perfect hi-def picture and hi-def sound.
  • DVD offers the flexibility and convenience of playing movies in more places, both at home and away.
  • Digital Copy provides consumers with a choice of formats from a variety of partners, including options to watch on iPhone®, Android™, computers and more.
  • UltraViolet™ is a revolutionary new way for consumers to collect their movies and TV shows in the cloud. UltraViolet™ lets consumers instantly stream and download to tablets, smartphones, computers and TVs. Now available in both the United States and Canada.

Bonus Features Exclusive to the Blu-ray™

  • Unrated Edition
  • The Making Of This Is 40
  • This Is Albert Brooks (At Work)
  • Graham Parker & The Rumour: Long Emotional Ride
  • Brooks-O-Rama
  • Biking With Barry
  • Triumph The Insult Comic Dog
  • Kids On The Loose 3
  • Bodies By Jason Commercial
  • Fresh Air With Terry Gross
  • Deleted, Extended & Alternate Scenes
  • Over A Half Hour of Music with Graham Parker and the Rumour, and Ryan Adams

Bonus Features on Both the Blu-ray™ and DVD

  • Gag Reel
  • Line-O-Rama
  • More Deleted Scenes
  • More Music from Graham Parker and the Rumour, and Ryan Adams
  • Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Judd Apatow

SYNOPSIS

From the director of Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin comes an unfiltered, comedic look inside the life of an American family. After years of marriage, Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) are approaching a milestone meltdown. As they try to balance romance, careers, parents and children in their own hilarious ways, they must also figure out how to enjoy the rest of their lives. Featuring Melissa McCarthy, Jason Segel, Megan Fox, John Lithgow and Albert Brooks, This is 40 is a candid and heartwarming comedy about the challenges and rewards of marriage and parenthood in the modern age.

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