This Is 40 – review

Judged on its own terms, Judd Apatow's latest comedy is a frank, funny, often painful study of married life and parenthood

Several comedians over the past 30-odd years have created schools around their work – Woody Allen, for instance, with his relationship comedies in the 70s, and the Farrelly brothers with their envelope-pushing farces of the 90s. But there's been no one quite like Judd Apatow. As indefatigable writer, producer, director and impresario, he's been at the centre of a phenomenal industry that throughout this new century has brought together a good many of the most original comic talents in America for taste-challenging, fashion-setting entertainment, usually crude and vigorous, but often sharp and occasionally subtle.

Following The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Knocked Up (2007) and Funny People (2009), Apatow's fourth film as writer-director is This Is 40. It's a sort of sequel to Knocked Up, where Seth Rogen played a charming Canadian layabout who
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