The Forty Year Old Version 2020
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Debuting on Netflix this Friday, Blank’s Forty-Year-Old Version is a dry, funny comedy loosely based on Blank’s own life as a struggling playwright in New York City, single and with little recognition of her professional talents at age 40 aside from being a “30 Under 30" to watch a decade ago. Her mother, a painter who never found mainstream success, recently passed away and her brother keeps calling for her to pick up her things. By day she teaches creative writing to a group of funny teens in Harlem, who are developing their own creative voices even if they revolve around sci-fi plays about alien societies that worship genitalia. But by night, Radha is trying to schmooze with the stuffy, white theater establishment with the help of her agent and high-school best friend Archie (Peter Y. Kim.) “What do I have to do, write a slave musical, an all-white play?” Radha asks Archie, exasperated, as she holds her cellphone in one hand and politely waves off admiring, flirty students with the other. “Like WHO do I have to blow around here?” she yells.
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