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DVD review: 'This Is 40' finds humor in midlife

Published March 19, 2013 8:25 am

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Grade • B+

DVD • Judd Apatow's "This Is 40" finds the rough humor and touching heartbreak of midlife.

Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Mrs. Apatow, Leslie Mann), the married side characters from "Knocked Up," take center stage as they hit the big four-oh hard. Pete tries to hide the economic troubles of his fledgling record label, while Debbie lies about her age and frantically tries to impose a healthy lifestyle on the family.

Even with a sprawling cast (including Albert Brooks and John Lithgow as the couple's fathers, as well as comic stars Lena Dunham, Melissa McCarthy, Jason Segel and others), the leads shine — with Mann especially winning as the sharp-tongued yet vulnerable Debbie.

The disc include an unrated version, with about three minutes of material not in the R-rated theatrical release. —

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