This Is 40

Synopsis: Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) are turning 40. But instead of celebrating, they're mired in a mid-life crisis with unruly kids, debt and unhappiness mounding. Pete's record label is failing and Debbie is unable to come to terms with her aging body. As Pete's 40th birthday party arrives, Pete and Debbie are going to have to rely on family, friends, employees, fitness trainers, aging rockers and ultimately each other to come to terms with life at age 40.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Judd Apatow
Production: Universal Studios
  2 wins & 11 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
134 min

the other person says

just annoys

the shit out of each other.

All the time. It's a blast.

Don't worry about it.

You just gotta ride that out.

This sounds terrible.

Okay, I like it.


Do you ever wonder

what it would be like if, say,

you were separated

by something bigger.

Like death? Like her death?

I have given it

a fair amount of thought.

Not in a painful way,

just quietly slid into death.

Like a gas leak.


It's gotta be peaceful.

I mean, this is the mother

of your children.

You want her to die...

No, I'd want it

to be a peaceful...

...gentle, you know.

Yeah, just like drift into a coma

from which she never awakens.

And then you move on.

Then you are a widower.

That's just it,

people love widowers.

They love widowers. It's like the

polar opposite of divorced guys.

It's the best.

It's like,

"Oh, that poor widower."

"If I could only

make him happy."

"Somehow, ease his pain."


away his sadness."

Do you know that this song,

Pixies did this song,

it's about a Salvador Dali short

film called Un Chien Andalusia.

This music doesn't

make people happy.

This song kicks off Doolittle, one of

the best albums of the last 30 years.

Look how angry you get

while listening to it.

An important record.

It's my birthday. You don't

control the radio on my birthday.

I do.

I control the radio

on my birthday.

Sadie's watching Lost.

Sadie, how many times have

you watched Lost this week?

I only watched 11. But I have eight

more, and then I'm done, so...

How many are there?

Are you kidding me?

You can't watch over 100 episodes

of a show in five weeks.

It'll melt your brain.

It's not melting my brain,

it's blowing my mind.

That's really bad, Sadie.

You're not allowed to do that.

My relationship with Lost

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Judd Apatow

Judd Apatow (; born December 6, 1967) is an American producer, writer, director, actor and stand-up comedian. He is the founder of Apatow Productions, through which he produced and developed the television series Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared, Girls, Love, and Crashing and directed the films The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Knocked Up (2007), Funny People (2009), This Is 40 (2012), and Trainwreck (2015). Apatow's work has won numerous awards including a Primetime Emmy Award, a Hollywood Comedy Award, and an AFI Award for Bridesmaids (2011). His films have also been nominated for Grammy Awards, PGA Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and Academy Awards.His producing credits include Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), Superbad (2007), Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008), Pineapple Express (2008), Get Him to the Greek (2010), Bridesmaids (2011), The Five-Year Engagement (2012), Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013), Begin Again (2014), Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (2016), and The Big Sick (2017). more…

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