A messy and funny midlife movie tops the weekend's offerings.
"This Is 40" is Judd Apatow's hiliarious, heartfelt and happily chaotic comedy that takes two of the charactes from his 2007 movie "Knocked Up" and gives them a movie of their own. They are Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann), married with two daughters, and figuring out all the ins and outs of life at age 40. Yes, the movie is long (at two hours and 14 minutes), and has a few too many characters. But the movie is funny, and honest in its emotions, and it contains a beautiful performance by Leslie Mann as the conflicted, confused and completely charming Debbie.
Another studio movie this week is "Jack Reacher," Tom Cruise's latest attempt to start an action franchise. Here he takes on the title role (created by novelist Lee Child), an ex-military police investigator with an uncanny eye for detail. In what Cruise hopes will be the first installment, Reacher comes to the aid of a defense attorney (Rosamund Pike) on the case of a sniper who shot five random Pittsburgh residents. The action has some intense moments, but the pacing is a little sluggish.