Thursday, August 15, 2013

This is 40: A Movie Review

In anticipation of our busy Saturday and still recovering from our west coast vaca, we decided to have a quiet night in on Friday. Sushi take out & a rented flick sounded perfect.

I had scouted the movie options from our On Demand earlier in the day narrowing it down to a thriller and a comedy. We both agreed the comedy would suit our moods. This is 40.

A couple, Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) is turning 40. Their marriage is dicey and the complete opposite of what love-story films tell you is how life is. They have two daughters, Sadie & Charlotte, who can't seem to stand one another as one is going through puberty and the other is sort of hippy-ish. Their businesses are failing. Their sex life is a mess. And everything they do gets on the other person's nerves. Through in a long list of supporting characters to spice up the laughs such as Desi the hot store girl (Megan Fox), Jason the trainer (Jason Segel), and Catherine the crazy mom (Melissa McCarthy) and you will get the best ab workout of your life. Then when the reality of life, love & marriage, aging, family dynamics & business set in you will feel your heart ache for the struggles that real life couples face throughout life.

Ryan & I were in hysterics for almost the whole movie. Then we were in tears. In some ways we are this couple now at times. In some way we saw what our lives could be like in 8 to 10 years.  We often are finding a balance between sarcasm & sincerity; between compassion & rationality; between staying true to ourselves & putting our marriage at the forefront; between family & work & play; between parenting & exploring our hobbies. We aren't perfect. Our marriage isn't perfect. But at the end of the day, we love one another and both of us are doing the very best we can. And in our eyes, that counts the most.

This is 40 shares a very real, raw side of marriage, family, & turning 40. It comes with belly-aching laughs as well as heart-fulfilling moments.

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