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The Best 'This is 40' Movie Quotes

Updated January 28, 2020 352 votes 239 voters 168.3k views12 items

"This is 40" movie quotes lead viewers through the laughs in the "sort of sequel" to "Knocked Up." Judd Apatow and several cast members from the first film return for another installment of the romantic comedy series. "This is 40" opened in theaters on December 21, 2012, just in time for the holidays.

In "This is 40," the characters of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) plus daughters Sadie and Charlotte (Maude and Iris Apatow, respectively) return to examine the natural reflection period many go through when faced with the possibility of turning 40 years old. Pete and Debbie are happy, but like so many families, things could be better. They could be healthier and happier. They could stop letting family members walk all over them. They could spend more quality time together without all the iPods and Facebook updates.

So Debbie sets out to make them all happier. From exercising daily to restricting the wifi use and learning how to say no to constant requests from fathers, Debbie and Pete take steps to better themselves and their future, all while dealing with the highly hilarious lives they lead now. Melissa McCarthy, Megan Fox, Jason Segel, Albert Brooks, Robert Smigel and John Lithgow all co-star in the comedy flick and deliver some of the funniest lines in the film.

For something a little more serious, or just a different kind of funny, check out "Playing for Keeps," "Silver Linings Playbook," "Anna Karenina," "This Must Be the Place," "Wreck-It Ralph," "Nobody Walks," and "The Sessions"

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    No Technology

    No Technology
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    Debbie: "Daddy and I are making some changes. We have decided to cut back on all the electronics we use."
    Pete: "You're on the computer too much."
    Debbie: "You don't spend enough time with the family."
    Sadie: "You can't take away the wifi!!!"
    Pete: "You're on the computer too much. You need to get outside more."
    Debbie: "You can built a fort!"
    Sadie: "And do what in a fort?!"
    Debbie: "You need to develop your imagination! You don't need technology!"
    Charlotte: "No technology!"
    Debbie: "Charlotte, put that down."

    Pete and Debbie don't mean to intentionally punish the girls by limiting the wifi, they just want to get the girls to enjoy childhood like they did, simply.
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    Separated by Something Bigger

    Separated by Something Bigger
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    Pete: "This sounds horrible but do you ever wonder what it would be like if you and your wife were separated by something bigger, like her death?"
    Barry: "I have given that a fair amount of thought."
    Pete: "Not any painful way but just like a gentle floating off."
    Barry: "It's gotta be peaceful, I mean, this is the mother of your children."
    Pete: "Then the new wife would be great!"
    Barry: "God, I can't wait to meet my second wife. I hope she likes me better than this one."

    It shouldn't be surprising that men think about what their lives would be like if their wife was out of the picture but it is comforting to know that they are not planning some violent death scene to accomplish that.
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    38 and Not 40

    38 and Not 40
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    Sadie: "Why does it say 38 and not 40?"
    Pete: "Cause your mom wants to be 38. Let's not mention it again."

    Turning 40 is a big thing for anyone. Like most women, she's opting to reverse the years and instead turn 38… for the second time.
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    I Lie About My Age, OK?!

    I Lie About My Age, OK?!
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    Nurse: "On your form it said you were born in 1974 but your paper, it said 72."
    Debbie: "It's 1974"
    Gyno Nurse: "Oh wait, on your last form you said that you were born in 1975."
    Debbie: "I lie about my age, OK?!"
    Dr. Pellegrino: "OK"
    Debbie: "OK?"
    Dr. Pellegrino: "OK"
    Nurses: "OK"
    Dr. Pellegrino: "I know know how old you are, by counting the rings."

    What's more awkward than going to the gyno for your yearly exam? Being bombarded about questions as to why the dates of birth on your forms don't match. Thankfully the doctor was there for some comic relief.
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