Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) are turning 40 in the same week. Pete, the cool and calm guy that he is, accepts his annual fate whereas Debbie throws several temper tantrums at the thought of hitting the big 4-0 and makes everything about her. She refuses to acknowledge her age including to her own family, who furthers her narcissism by feeding into her delusion that she is only turning 38. Her character is more irritating than funny unless an outside force gives her a reason to stop nagging and complaining. In one scene her and Pete share a marijuana cookie. A much needed relief from the drab that is their lives. In another scene she lets loose in a club. Even Debbie states that she is no longer any fun and rightfully blames this on her husband, who over the years has forced her to be the “responsible” one as he has been incapable of playing that role himself.
In typical dumb guy fashion, Pete hides the severity of their financial situation from his wife. Debbie has no idea they are about to loose their home or that her husband keeps supporting her father-in-law played by Albert Brooks who is a financial leech, against her wished. She has opened her own clothing store, which is having its own financial problem that Debbie tries to solve throughout the film.
But on the bright side Pete is finally living his dream! He ‘s opened his own nostalgic record label. Unfortunately, he has only one artist, Graham Parker, who was very successful in the 60’s but today translates into a financial failure for Pete’s business.
One bright rainbow throughout the film were Apatow’s real daughters, who played Sadie and Charlotte. Their fights and interactions with each other is probably one of the most relatable elements in the movie. They are adorable, they say and do adorable things. What else is there to say?
One big mistake with this sequel is that Seth Rogen is not in it. Allison (Katherine Heigl) also does not make an appearance in this movie, which does not sit well considering how close the two sisters were in the first film. Ben was referenced as the one who gave Pete the marijuana cookie that leads to some laughs but that is the extent of each other’s involvement in their lives. Unfortunately, Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd are not able to carry the burden of furthering the storyline AND carry the comic relief simultaneously. This film desperately needed an idiotic interjection from Ben and less of a “its all about me” female character like Allison. Where’s the play date with their kids? How is it possible Allison wouldn’t go to her own brother in laws 40th birthday party when she used to live with them?
The movie drags on and has many lulls that are neither funny nor entertaining. There are some laughs, but not enough to sustain the entertainment value and certainly not enough to recommend it to friends or family. NOT WORTH IT!