Anyone who belongs to the 40 something demographic will find something relatable in this Judd Apatow flick.
The catch phrase of the day is that the 40′s are the new 30′s, the 50′s are the new 40′s and so on and so forth. Plastic surgery, medical technology and an enlightened approach to diet and exercise have made the catch phrase a reality for many in our generation. But with our population aging, all of us who listened on the radio and bought cassette tapes of Madonna, the Police and Culture Club and had Duran Duran posters on our bedroom walls, watched Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, are now living our own grown-up lives. We are the parents we used to watch in those movies. And we often wake up wondering how we got there and are we in the twilight zone? Some of us now live in suburbs, some stuck it out in the urban areas living in 2 bedroom apartments with 2 kids and the family dog. But wherever you ended up in your own personal journey, whether you are a suburban soccer mom or a busy career centric person, there is something you will find eerily similar to your life now in this flick.
This is 40, is our generation’s movie . It’s a peek into our lives now and how we’ve adapted to a life filled with iPads, iPhones and the internet. It shows how we have evolved and grown up into the people we are now. It shows us sometimes comfortable, sometimes not comfortable in our own skins. It depicts us as parents, as wives, as friends with all the quirkiness and dysfunctions that come with the territory.
The magic of this movie is that it doesn’t sugarcoat what turning 40 is all about. Some men in their 40′s will need Viagra. Women in their 40′s are insecure about our bodies and envy our younger counterparts with their insatiable desires and their hard bodies. (Yes, when you’re in your 20′s you think your body will remain the same all the way into your older years. But gravity, and time has its own ideas and will always win, unless you have plastic surgery that is, but that’s another story). Actually envy is not the word, nostalgic is more apropos. We wax nostalgic about our youth and when we were the ones with the rock hard bodies and the ones with insatiable desires. Nostalgia is par for the course for us 40-somethings.
So if you’re planning to see this movie, go see it with your husband or significant other. You will certainly laugh at your own family’s dysfunctions and will relate to the struggles that every middle-aged American goes through. Financial and career struggles coupled with the difficult task of handling the sometimes rocky terrain of raising teenagers and even getting pregnant at 40, these are all themes that this comedy tackles in a very tongue in cheek fashion. It’s irresistibly funny and simply a fun day at the movies. And as the granny says, don’t blink or you’ll find yourself approaching 90 before you even realize it.
To all us baby boomers, and proud 40-somethings, yes This is 40 and I’m loving every minute of it! And truth be told, I wouldn’t want to go back to my 20′s or 30′s even if my fairy godmother appeared in front of me and said that I could. To borrow a line from the movie, ” We’re in our 40′s. We have everything now that we will ever need to be happy.”
I may not be a size 2 or 4, heck I’m not even a size 6 even with my Spanx on, but I am smarter, sassier, more confident and more secure than I’ve ever been in my entire life. So, this is forty!