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Sold as a sort-of sequel to
, Judd Apatow's midlife comedy returns to the bumpy family life of likeable LA married couple Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann). The couple has to deal with strains domestic, sexual and financial, not to mention patriarchal - his dad (Albert Brooks) is a scrounger, hers (John Lithgow) is cold and remote. The stress is heightened by a bickering Cold War between their daughters, aged 13 and eight, who are played by Maude and Iris Apatow, the real-life offspring of Apatow and Mann. Everyone speaks in the writer/director's trademark potty-mouthed argot (even a gynaecologist is a gagsmith) and there's the obligatory calamitous 40th birthday party. Meanwhile, turns from Apatow regulars Chris O'Dowd, Jason Segel and a freewheeling Melissa McCarthy add to the familiarity of the milieu. The surprise is just how sad and honest it all is beneath the scatology and quipping, with themes of regret, estrangement, emotional stalemate and the passage of time. Regular belly laughs help the medicine go down, although, like Apatow's last directorial effort,
, it's about 20 minutes too long. And the so-called "unrated" version is even longer.
A couple wrestle with a series of crises as their 40th birthdays loom on the horizon, turning to friends and family for help in coping with the challenges of work, parenthood, age and debt. Comedy, starring Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann reprising their roles from Knocked Up. With Megan Fox, Albert Brooks and John Lithgow.
Cast & Crew
Swearing, sexual references, drug abuse, sex scenes, some nudity.
DVD and Blu-ray
15 Feb 2013
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