A scene including a mock child murder won't be removed from upcoming film "This is 40," director Judd Apatow says.

Of course, people are sensitive about such things less than a week after the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 children dead.

According to TMZ, the scene involves Albert Brooks' character Larry, who is broke and looking for ways to save money. Larry prepares to spray his triplets with a hose and says, "Line up! Line up for murder! Come on! Who wants to be killed?"

One of the kids screams, "I do!" Larry responds, "OK, we're eliminating one, we're cheaper already," and then Larry sprays the child.

I imagine this isn't going to be positively viewed in Connecticut. Or maybe anywhere else.

The next kid says, "Murder me!" Larry responds, "Boom, dead. You're dead," adding, "All right, the kids are murdered. That will save us some money."

Apatow told TMZ the scene "is spoken by a sarcastic father kidding with his children. 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 film opens Friday.

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