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Judd Apatow Will NOT Cut Child Murder Joke From This Is 40

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Judd Apatow Not Cutting Controversial Scene

Writer-director Judd Apatow is not cutting a scene from his movie This Is 40, despite the bad timing of a "child murder" joke.

In the scene, Albert Brooks lines his children up to willingly be sprayed with a garden hose, joking that they're all dead now and how much money they'll save.

It doesn't sound funny on paper, but Albert Brooks does know how to deliver sarcasm. But would anyone make the joke today?

Judd says of course he wouldn't, but that the script was written over two years ago, long before the Sandy Hook tragedy. He says:

"In light of recent events, I understand if some people might make an unfortunate association or put it in a context in which it was not intended."

The scene is about a playful, albeit morbid game that a loving family plays together. But will the connotations bring up painful thoughts for audience members fresh off the heels of Newtown?

What do U think? Should he cut the scene?

[Image via FayesVison/WENN.]

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26 comments to “Judd Apatow Will NOT Cut Child Murder Joke From This Is 40

  1. NoOne says – reply to this


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    American's are so good at overreacting. Wait a few days and no one will care anyone about what happened in CT.

  2. erika says – reply to this


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    totally agree!!! way overrreacting!! its sad but noone will talk of this a week from now! xoxo

  3. Brian says – reply to this


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    If it were a live show you could consider the situation but this seems to be a movie that was made a while ago and is coming out in a day. If you start to go into all movies that are going to open in a few days you would have to delay their releases for weeks.

  4. V.V says – reply to this


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    Jeez Americans, over react much?? First you wanna take certain songs off the radio now rewrite scripts for movies that were written waaay before this even happened? Gawd such fucking drama queens

  5. Gigi says – reply to this


    5

    What happened in CT is horrible and very sad, but people are overreacting. This has nothing to do with a psycho going into a school and killing kids, neither does Kesha's song(Die Young). People need to get a grip.

  6. Trina Jorgensen says – reply to this


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    Honestly, I think it's a little ridiculous that America has to censor everything that is said, done or made because of unfortunate events that occur on a daily basis. All movies that had the World Trade Center Towers (even as a background image) were edited and re-released cutting out those images. Songs are being taken off the radio because they mention murder or guns. It's a bit much if we have to censor entertainment because it might offend or upset someone.

  7. joethehobo says – reply to this


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    I think it's clear the joke has nothing to do with what happened in Connecticut and it's a shame that this country is so vulnerable to social censorship that the idea of cutting the joke is even making headlines in the first place. Taking songs off the radio and cutting jokes from movies isn't going to stop maniacs from committing these horrible acts; if anything, it makes them feel even more powerful.

  8. Fuck Off says – reply to this


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    Anyone who trivializes the murder of children for humor sake lacks any sense of common decency.

  9. Neon says – reply to this


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    This whole thing is getting RIDICULOUS. The shootings in CT at Sandy Hook were tragic and unforgivable but even as an American, I cannot stand the way this country overreacts and takes to censoring and banning unrelated things such as movies, music, even the newest target: video games - as if getting rid of what makes some of us uncomfortable will get rid of all of our problems while ignoring the fact that they're are sick and demented people in our society and guns are easily accessible for these monsters to get into possession of in this country.

    We can ban just about everything



  10. 10

    It isn't a joke about the murders. It wasn't made in poor taste or to try to be shocking in the wake of a tragedy. It was already in the movie and I don't think it should be censored. And if people take offense to the movie by not censoring it, they don't have to see it. It's as easy as that.

  11. joethehobo says – reply to this


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    Re: Fuck Off – 'This is 40' is a rated R movie about family and I think the joke sounds like something that fits right in with a movie about family humor. Our country is already uptight about other aspects of life, but censorship is not something I believe would do any good for this country. Thankfully, we personally have the final say on this subject: we'll either see the movie or we won't, but please don't speak for me or the rest of the country by demanding they edit the film to fit your personal desires.



  12. 12

    ya… thats pretty stupid. You can take all the songs off the radio and cut all the scenes from movies but its not dealing with the real issue. I live in Canada, and we play the same video games and watch the same movies…we dont have psychos bringing assault rifles into schools. Since Columbine, there has been what?? 30 school shootings there?? How about getting to the source of the problem instead of masking it with censorship….

  13. Shannon says – reply to this


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    This is ridiuclous. Obviously what happened in CT was tragic, disgusting and heartbreaking. But considering cutting lines from a movie and taking that Ke$ha song off the air (this is hard for me to argue because it's not like it's a well produced song) is not the solution. We need to focus on those poor people and the systems that need to be put in place to prevent this from happening again. The censoring of entertainment is way out of hand. Don't like it? Then don't listen/watch/read etc. Christ!

  14. Lala says – reply to this


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    He was right in his decision not to cut the scene…



  15. 15

    Cutting scenes, delaying film premiers, stopping songs from being played… it's stupid and overreacting. What happened was beyond sad, but none of these songs or films had anything to do with it.



  16. 16

    What's funny is people want to edit art but f*** gun laws. This country is a mess!



  17. 17

    I think people need to settle down and stop trying to censor everything, seriously all this shit was done before this ever happened so why should they change it? If you think its going to affect you in some way DON'T GO



  18. 18

    "geez" euros are such scum bags and don't take anything serious do they? Theymust piss on their grandparents graves too. Glad I don't live there where there's no respect!



  19. 19

    Nothing is "banned" It's called respecting those that are mourning deep deeeep losses. They don't deserve to have to censor their environment. Grow up aholes

  20. bill says – reply to this


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    cut the scene. judd apatow only cares about making money not films. he isn't a film maker. his films are dumb and reflect our stupid society and internet idiots. if we had less stupid movies that glorify the type of idiots he keeps in work then maybe people wouldn't be so dumb. very let down that a great actor says those words. it's not funny. it's a disgrace. it's time hollywood cares about what they put out as well as the games makers. think before your film.

  21. gerry says – reply to this


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    vote with your feet and your cash. don't see this movie. it's dumb. spoiler: they turn 40 and your intellegence will drop more IQ points! his movies are dumb. have more consideration for your fellow americans. wait a minute wtf am i doing on this site?

  22. msattitude says – reply to this


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    I think this kind of joke is in poor taste, but that being said, nobody banned airplanes after 911. We didn't create camps for all the muslims in America either. I think it's a matter of taste. In any situation, I wouldn't think it's funny to joke about murdering children .



  23. 23

    Before cutting a scene from a film, maybe you could start, you Americans, by returning your damn guns to the police.

  24. Anna says – reply to this


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    I am sick of hearing about people pulling premieres and removing any joke that might be distantly related to this tragedy. It was horrible, okay? But I agree with Judd Apatow, you're too fucking sensitive, America. When Madonna performed in Scotland at around about the anniversary of our Dunblane tragedy, we didn't kick up a fuss like this. I think it's despicable what happened, but Judd Apatow's joke doesn't belittle it at all.

  25. duardodel says – reply to this


    25

    Los gringos y su doble moral…

  26. Taryn says – reply to this


    26

    it really is ridiculous at how people conenct nothing to everything