ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
PREMIERE This Is 40 ★★★
Comedy mogul Judd Apatow always seems on the verge of a critical backlash — usually precipitated by the thinking that he’s at heart a conservative who can’t write for women. Those barbs came when he put out this “sort-of sequel to Knocked Up”, an age-specific midlife comedy that revisits the bumpy family life of likeable LA marrieds Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann), coping with strains domestic, sexual and financial. The pitch of crisis is soundtracked by a bickering Cold War between daughters Maude and Iris, 13 and eight (real-life progenies of Apatow and Mann). Trademark potty-mouthed argot; the obligatory calamitous birthday party; turns from regulars Chris O’Dowd, Jason Segel and a freewheeling Melissa McCarthy — it’s all very familiar. But the surprise is how sad and honest it is beneath the scatology and quipping. As long as you feel sorry for the white middle classes, it’s fine. Albeit about 20 minutes too long.
As the nights grow darker and chillier, Channel 5 warms the cockles with its “End of the World Weekend”, which includes this tale of solar flares and super tsunamis causing havoc.
Youth in Revolt ★★★
Michael Cera tries to find his inner bad-boy in an effort to woo the girl of his dreams. What’s the worst that could happen?
Pirates of the Caribbean: on Stranger Tides ★★★
In the frenetic fourth adventure, Penelope Cruz teams up with Johnny Depp’s bumbling buccaneer to find the Fountain of Youth.
Ilo Ilo ★★★★
PREMIERE 10.30pm-12.05am BBC4
A super nanny comes to Singapore and straightens out the family from hell in a sort-of Far Eastern Mary Poppins. It wowed the crowds in Cannes.
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