This Is 40 & This Is A Giveaway

We dined last night at Denny’s. (Yes, I know, eat your heart out for our good fortune). As we waited to order, a table of four was seated next to us. They were a strange-looking lot, 3 men and one woman, dressed in what seemed to be medieval garb. They wore hooded cloaks of various styles and one I swore had chains or some such thing around his neck. The largest of them carried a huge, maybe 8’, spear, or it would have been large if the spear part hadn’t been broken off. I think he also had a breast-plate sized crucifix attached to his chest in some way.

At first, I thought perhaps some monks were staying at the motel attached to Denny’s. I’m quick that way, you know.

But then I remembered–hey, I’m back in LA LA land; they must be filming somewhere around here, and these are extras.

And then I looked at the media promotion the restaurant is having this month: it’s Hobbit time at Denny’s this December, and it all became clear. The monks were kids dressed up to see the first showing of The Hobbit.

When did kids start dressing in character to go to the movies? And why? In my day, we certainly didn’t do that. It would have been too totally uncool to evince any such great interest in anything in my day. Maybe it still is. But then the movies I like don’t lend themselves to that.

One film I marked as a Definite Must See is This Is 40. It’s the sort of sequel to Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up in which Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann played Pete and Debby, the don’t-do-it-this-way example of marriage.  Now Pete and Debby have their own movie, and we have what the filmmakers call, “a deeply honest portrait of the challenges and rewards of marriage and parenthood in the modern age.” There’s sex and money issues, aging parents and maturing kids–isn’t this what we’re all facing in one way or another?

I actually would have paid to see This is 40, but, lucky me!, because I’m back in LA LA land, I get to go to a screening before the film opens. You’ll have to wait till December 21, but you too may get to see the movie as guests of Universal Pictures. They’re sponsoring a MidLifeBloggers Giveaway, with a prize package that totals $85. The lucky recipient will get the following:

That includes $15 of Fandango Bucks, which should buy at least one ticket to the movie (depending on where you live), a Plush Robe to relax in after you’ve seen the film, a Personal Fitness Kit (ankle weights, hand grips, exercise band & jump rope) to help you maintain your own Personal Best after 40, and a T-shirt that proudly says, “Keep Calm, This is 40”.

Here’s what you have to do:

  • Tell all of us in the Comments your best Turning 40 story. Is it funny? tragic? or, oh woe, lackluster?
  • On December 21, 2012, the magic of will select the lucky commenter. That means you have until 11:59 p.m. on December 20, 2012 to enter.
  • You must be 18 to enter, but really why are you even reading MidLifeBloggers if you’re not in midlife?
  • The winner will be announced on this site on December 21st, at which time I’ll need your email address so that Universal Pictures can send you your prize package.
Update: I saw the movie last night and laughed my socks off. It really does capture the ins and outs of a working marriage.  
And the winner is: Kathy Hicks Walker! Send me your email address, Kathy, so I can get it to Universal Pictures, who will be sending you your prize package. I think you’re gonna love the movie!



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