To celebrate his wife Debbie's 40th birthday, Pete takes a Viagra to have sex with her. He tells her this, and she is infuriated, ruining the night. They acknowledge that stress at work-- Debbie runs a boutique, and Pete has a failing record company-- and stress involving their young children is taking a toll on their marriage and their happiness. They decide to get away for a romantic weekend, getting high, being honest with each other, and remembering why they loved each other in the first place. However, the second they get back, the problems start again. Debbie suspects one of her employees is stealing from their store, and Pete has to try to cut off his dad from the string of loans he's requested from Pete. Meanwhile, their children are always fighting: their oldest, Sadie, is constantly yelling at their youngest, and also complains of getting harassed at school, and the school isn't helping. They try to juggle all of these problems as Pete's 40th birthday slowly approaches, and at the party, both Pete and Debbie get into huge fights with their respective fathers and with each other. This culminates in Pete overhearing that Debbie is pregnant and may in fact be having another child. Pete hops on a bicycle and rides away from his birthday party, leaving his family to have to look around for their patriarch on the streets of LA.
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Best part of story, including ending:
There's very little forward momentum or plotline to speak of: it's more like an incredibly long TV show that goes from minor problem to minor problem with no real honest resolution.
Best scene in story:
In the first scene, Pete and his friend fantasize about what their next wives will be like, and it's full of funny one-liners. Sadly, the movie never gets any better from there.
Opinion about the main character:
Pete isn't big on responsibility, but he's likable enough, especially as played by Paul Rudd. He's not the problem as much as the script's hateful depiction of women as nagging pains in the butt.