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The Best 'This is 40' Movie Quotes

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"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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    I Do Want to Kill You

    I Do Want to Kill You
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    Debbie: "Why do we fight?"
    Pete: "I don't know. It makes no sense at all."
    Debbie: "It makes no sense."
    Pete: "You get so mad at me. I feel like you want to kill me."
    Debbie: "I do want to kill you."
    Pete: "How would you do it?"
    Debbie: "I don't know. I'd poison you. I'd poison your cupcakes that you pretend not to eat everyday and just put like enough in to just slowly weaken you."
    Pete: "I love it"
    Debbie: "I'd enjoy our last few months together."
    Pete: "Me too"
    Debbie: "Cause you'd be so weak and sweet and I could take care of you but while killing you."
    Pete: "See, you know what I love about us? You can still surprise me. I figured for sure you'd knock me out with one fell swoop. You'd poison me. You'd extend it over a series of months."
    Debbie: "Have you ever thought about killing me?"
    Pete: "Oh yeah"
    Debbie: "Really?"
    Pete: "Sure"
    Debbie: "How would you do it?"
    Pete: "A wood chipper"
    Debbie: "A wood chipper?"
    Pete: "Yeah"
    Debbie: "A wood chipper?"
    Pete: "Yeah"
    Debbie: "Wow"
    Pete: "I know. Did you see Fargo?"
    Debbie: "Yeah"
    Pete: "Vhoom!"

    Despite subject matter including poison cupcakes and death via wood chipper this pillow talk between Pete and Debbie is actually kind of sweet.
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    When You Corner a Rat

    When You Corner a Rat
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    Catherine: "Their daughter told my son that he looked like Tom Petty and in a negative way."
    Pete: "Who's Tom Petty?"
    Catherine: "You know who Tom Petty is!"
    Ms. Laviati: "Catherine, control yourself"
    Catherine: "This is what happens when you corner a rat! I'll chew through you!"

    When kids act up, the mama grizzly bear side rears its ugly head and that's exactly what is happening when Pete and Debbie meet with fellow parent Catherine at school following an incident between their children.
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    The Do Better List

    The Do Better List
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    Debbie: "We're going to blink and be 90. We have to make a choice to do things different. I've made a list. It's the do better list. We're 40 years old, if we don't do something now, when are we going to do it? Your eyes are kind of glazing over."
    Pete: "No, I'm just processing it all."
    Debbie: "We have to exercise everyday. We have to get more involved in school. We have to have more patience with the kids. We're in it together, we're a team. We have to get happy!"

    When Debbie realizes that she and Pete are getting older, she strives to make the next chapter of their lives happier. While Pete is tuning her our, she talks of getting healthier and, perhaps more importantly, happier.
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    The Girl Who Works for Debbie

    The Girl Who Works for Debbie
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    Barry: "So that's the girl who works… that's the girl who works for you?"
    Pete: "Yeah, that's her."
    Barry: "That works for Debbie… Seems nice. Yeah, my wife would never let me have a hot employee like that."
    Pete: "Yeah?"
    Barry: "Every woman who works for us looks like they've been in some horrible accident."

    Barb: "Are you comfortable with her around your husband?"
    Debbie: "Oh, he wouldn't know what to do with that."

    Barry: "You think our wives are looking at us right now?"
    Pete: "Oh, definitely"

    Debbie: "They look like pedophiles."

    Viewers get to see both sides of the same conversation, one from the men who woo over the attractive, young girl who works for Debbie and the other from the women who are watching their every move.
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