ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
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.
6.35-9.00pm Movie Mix
Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfeiffer star as the lovers who can never be together in human form in this medieval fantasy. The beautiful Italian locations add to the feeling of fairy-tale wonder.
The Fast and the Furious ★★★★
In the first of the revved-up series, Paul Walker plays the cop trying to find out if Vin Diesel and his crew are behind a series of highway thefts. Your inner petrolhead will love it.
The Seasoning House ★★★★
10.55pm-12.50am Horror Channel
Claustrophobes of a squeamish nature, this isn’t the film you’re looking for. Rosie Day stars as the traumatised victim who turns the nooks and crannies of a Balkan brothel to her advantage as she exacts revenge on those who killed her family.
From Hell ★★★★
East End copper Johnny Depp tries to hunt down Jack the Ripper in this gory but totally compelling adaptation of Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s graphic novel.
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