The 40-Year-Old Version

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The 40-Year-Old Version
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Official poster
Directed byRadha Blank
Produced by
  • Lena Waithe
  • Jordan Fudge
  • Radha Blank
  • Inuka Bacote-Capiga
  • Jennifer Semler
  • Rishi Rajani
Written byRadha Blank
Music byGuy C. Routte
CinematographyEric Branco
Edited byRobert Grigsby Wilson
  • New Slate Ventures
  • Hillman Grad Productions
  • Endeavor Content
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • January 25, 2020 (2020-01-25) (Sundance)
  • October 9, 2020 (2020-10-09) (United States)
Running time
129 minutes
CountryUnited States

The 40-Year-Old Version is a 2020 American comedy film written, directed, and produced by Radha Blank, in her feature directorial debut. It stars Blank, Peter Kim, Oswin Benjamin and Reed Birney.

It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2020, where Blank won the U.S Dramatic Competition Directing Award, and was released on October 9, 2020, by Netflix.


  • Radha Blank as Radha
  • Peter Kim as Archie
  • Oswin Benjamin as D
  • Imani Lewis as Elaine
  • Haskiri Velazquez as Rosa
  • Antonio Ortiz as Waldo
  • TJ Atoms as Kamal
  • Jacob Ming-Trent as Lamont
  • Stacey Sargeant as Stacey
  • William Oliver Watkins as Marcus
  • Meghan O'Neill as Jaime
  • André Ward as Forrest
  • Welker White as Julie
  • Reed Birney as J. Whitman


In August 2019, it was announced Radha Blank, Peter Kim and Oswin Benjamin had joined the cast of the film, with Blank directing from a screenplay she wrote and Lena Waithe producing.[1] The title is a play on the 2005 comedy The 40-Year-Old Virgin.


It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2020.[2][3] Shortly after, Netflix acquired distribution rights to the film.[4] It was released on October 9, 2020.[5]


Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 98% based on 84 reviews, with an average rating of 7.99/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "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."[6] Metacritic assigned the film a weighted average score of 80 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[7]


Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
Sundance Film Festival February 1, 2020 U.S. Dramatic Competition Directing Award Radha Blank Won [8]
U.S. Dramatic Competition Grand Jury Prize Nominated


  1. ^ McNary, Dave (August 5, 2019). "Lena Waithe Producing Comedy 'The 40-Year-Old Version' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
  2. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (December 4, 2019). "Sundance Unveils Female-Powered Lineup Featuring Taylor Swift, Gloria Steinem, Abortion Road Trip Drama". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
  3. ^ "The 40-Year-Old Version". Retrieved January 31, 2020.
  4. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (January 31, 2020). "Netflix In Talks To Acquire Radha Blank's 'The 40-Year-Old Version' – Sundance". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
  5. ^ Sharf, Zack (August 26, 2020). "'The Forty-Year-Old Version' Trailer: Radha Blank's Sundance Winner Is a Must-See on Netflix". IndieWire. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  6. ^ "The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  7. ^ "The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020)". Metacritic. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  8. ^ Hipes, Patrick (February 1, 2020). "Sundance Film Festival Awards: 'Minari' Scores Double Top Honors – The Complete Winners List". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 2, 2020.

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