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This Is 40 (2012)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Screenwriter/director Judd Apatow Rating:9.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by reidca on March 8th, 2015:Find all reviews by reidca
I like most Apatow commentaries, but when he invites all the actors they often just become everyone trying to out gag everyone else. That's entertaining in of itself but I prefer something more balanced. So it's definitely for the better that in this track, and he opens with this, that he decided to go alone. It works extremely well. You still get the jokes but because this is obviously personal to him you get much more insight into the situations and characters. My only real complaint about this is his incessant (and I find it's worse on comedies probably because they do it more?) shout outs to cameos by friends and family. 9/10
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on May 25th, 2022:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
Apatow is very thorough in this track, especially in terms of the narrative, on set experience, locations, working with the actors, the source music used, callbacks to Knocked Up, and even connections to the series Lost. The story is personal to him and he points out what aspects were semi-autobiographical or where inspirations were drawn from elsewhere. I did not find the mentions of friends or family to be excessive (listen to a Farrelly Brothers commentary for that) and when it happened, Apatow usually framed it in terms of how those people been influences on his life or the script.