It captures how quickly times can change from generation to generation, chronicling the events of a household where taking away the WiFi is a reasonable punishment and fathers such as Pete stand wide-eyed and exasperated while his children and wife dance to the latest Nicki Minaj jam, yet laugh whenever he puts on something like Alice in Chains. But it also documents those moments often unseen, and this is where “This is 40” shows its strength. The fights, the secrets, and the thin glue of surviving the everyday that keep the longevity of family life surviving as well.
“This is 40” is simply a slice of life, with the audience left wondering where exactly these lives will lead and what other slices will ultimately hold. Sometimes it just isn’t pretty.
But other times, it’s just about as close to beautiful as one could possibly comprehend.