The 40-Year-Old Version

The 40-Year-Old Version

The 40-Year-Old Version

Radha Blank writes, helms and stars in this reinvention comedy as a New York playwright who was listed as a "30 under 30" talent. Now she's 40, and with no hit works under her belt, she opts for a drastic change of pace by becoming theatre rap artist RadhaMUSPrime. Shot in black and white 35mm and nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2020 with Blank taking away the Directing Award.

2020123 minsUSA
Comedy

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

Her story is authentic because it is hers; she does not need to represent her entire race or age or gender. She has created thoughtful, appealing characters with a terrific cast that keeps the story involving, none better than Blank herself, who lets us see Radha's vulnerability as well as her resilience.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This is a very unhurried film (I wondered if it might have been better to lose 20 or so minutes) but it has a distinctive language of its own, and a feel for the city.

3.0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Blank’s lively debut feels liberated by its maker’s creative freedom.

Variety

Variety

press

Better late than never, this film is Blank’s shot, and by staying so true to her voice, her aim hits home.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

The 40-Year-Old Version doesn’t overcome all of its rough edges, but they’re so closely tied to the personality of the creator that it’s hard to shake the underlying appeal.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The 40-Year-Old Version is a beautiful achievement, one that ultimately calls attention to the huge gaps in representation of different kinds of black characters on film. It’s a gap that Blank clearly intends to fill; I can’t wait to see what she does next.

Film Threat

Film Threat

press

In every scene, Blank’s work shines as a writer, a director and as an actor. Her relentless charisma and authenticity tinged with wit carry every scene of the film, making it a joy to witness. This is the arrival of a talented voice in indie film.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

Her story is authentic because it is hers; she does not need to represent her entire race or age or gender. She has created thoughtful, appealing characters with a terrific cast that keeps the story involving, none better than Blank herself, who lets us see Radha's vulnerability as well as her resilience.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

This is a very unhurried film (I wondered if it might have been better to lose 20 or so minutes) but it has a distinctive language of its own, and a feel for the city.

3.0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Blank’s lively debut feels liberated by its maker’s creative freedom.

Variety

Variety

press

Better late than never, this film is Blank’s shot, and by staying so true to her voice, her aim hits home.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

The 40-Year-Old Version doesn’t overcome all of its rough edges, but they’re so closely tied to the personality of the creator that it’s hard to shake the underlying appeal.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The 40-Year-Old Version is a beautiful achievement, one that ultimately calls attention to the huge gaps in representation of different kinds of black characters on film. It’s a gap that Blank clearly intends to fill; I can’t wait to see what she does next.

Film Threat

Film Threat

press

In every scene, Blank’s work shines as a writer, a director and as an actor. Her relentless charisma and authenticity tinged with wit carry every scene of the film, making it a joy to witness. This is the arrival of a talented voice in indie film.

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