What strikes me about Judd Apatow's movies is the earnestness. He's made a name for himself with lowbrow comedies full of cheap gags, yet most of his films have an emotional anchor and a realism, which allows the viewer to engage on a deeper level. A lot of folk dismiss his work and don't give him the credit he deserves and it does seem to me that his films are becoming more personal. He's starting to favour the drama over the comedy as he get older, which I think is an endearing thing (the opposite direction to John Hughes' career). THIS IS 40 is a spin-off of Knocked-Up and we catch up with Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann's characters are they struggle to cope with age and family responsibilities. Rudd and Mann have a wonderful kinship on screen and successfully deliver characters that most people their age could relate to in one way or another. Their screen dynamics are a testament to Apatow's relationship with his actors. Obviously he's married to Mann in real life and the kids in the film are also his own, but Rudd (along with previous actors in his films) have all shared a close friendship with the man and share most of his sentiments. I enjoyed This Is 40 a lot and its strength lies in repeat viewings. It does suffer the same misfortune of most of Apatow's films in that it overstays it's welcome by 20(ish) minutes but there's enough reason to like the movie anyway. The fact alone that Paul Rudd is sporting a Ween t-shirt in this poster is enough to praise the movie, but with that factor aside it remains a funny and honest glimpse into the woes of family life.