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The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020)



Critic Consensus: The Forty-Year-Old Version opens a compelling window into the ebbs and flows of the artist's life -- and announces writer-director-star Radha Blank as a major filmmaking talent with her feature debut.

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Radha, a down-on-her-luck NY playwright, is desperate for a breakthrough before 40. But when she foils what seems like her last shot at success, she's left with no choice but to reinvent herself as rapper RadhaMUSPrime. The Forty-Year-Old Version follows Radha as she vacillates between the worlds of Hip Hop and theater on a quest to find her true voice.


Reed Birney
as Josh Whitman
Peter Kim
as Archie (as Peter Y. Kim)
Mina Joo
as Janelle
Andre Ward
as Forrest
Julie Chateauvert
as Theater patron
Tracy Wilder
as Black Woman
Dyme-A- Duzin
as Fake Kamal
Nathaly Lopez
as Fake Rosa
Doris McCarthy
as Theater Patron (uncredited)
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"The Forty-Year-Old Version" makes a compelling case for another set of lists: The 40-Over-40. They deserve it just as much, if not more.

October 30, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The plot of the movie is kind of wicked and free; the first half soars more than the second, but satisfaction and belly-laughs abound.

October 23, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A ramshackle, winningly raw coming-of-middle-age shot in vivid black and white but told in emotional Technicolor.

October 21, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

[Radha's] real hope is if she can create her own space. The Forty-Year-Old Version -- witty and deeply personal -- is Blank doing exactly that.

October 12, 2020 | Rating: 4/5

It's a sharply observed comment on the ways women of colour are encouraged to contort their creativity in order to be consumed by white audiences.

October 11, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

If the movie is sharp, it's never sour, and that's thanks both to Blank's writing and her very presence: her creation Radha is radically, raunchily truthful, but we can see her fragility too.

October 10, 2020 | Full Review…

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