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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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All Critics (131) | Top Critics (46)

Everything about The Forty-Year-Old Version feels fresh.

February 12, 2021 | Full Review…

The Forty-Year-Old Version paints a loving portrait of parts of New York City that aren't represented with such care, if at all, in narrative films of this scale.

February 12, 2021 | Full Review…

The Forty-Year-Old Version offers a refreshing, unpretentious and often hilarious take on middle-aged Black womanhood.

January 20, 2021 | Full Review…

This movie doesn't follow the Hollywood-friendly narrative of suddenly experiencing great success against all odds. It is more interested in the little details and is all the better for it.

December 3, 2020 | Full Review…

Screenwriter, director, co-producer, and star, Radha Blank has come up with an "astute" feature film debut reminiscent of the works of Woody Allen, Noah Baumbach, and Paul Mazursky. Only Blacker, and more girly.

November 6, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4.0 | Full Review…

"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…

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