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The 40-Year-Old Virgin (Unrated Widescreen

Comedy movie directed by Judd Apatow

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You listen to too many people, listen to yourself.

  • Feb 9, 2010
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His friends keep giving him advice, they keep pushing him in directions telling him whats cool, whats hip, and what he needs to do to be like one of the group.  It's almost a parelell to my own life and how nice it is to see the lead in a movie to be identifiable in real life in such a way.  The best part is, our hero knows just what to do.

Steve Carell is Andy, a nice guy.  He lives on his own, has a room full of his collection of toys, video games and comics.  Rides his bike to a job at a retail electronics store and is friendly with his neighbors.  He's kept mostly to himself and some of his coworkers think he's a bit strange, but after a night of poker they see he isn't so bad, but discover something "strange"-Andy is a virgin and he's 40.  His buddies make it a point that Andy lose his virginity ASAP.

Now in another movie like this, Andy would have been the lame loser geeky guy reduced to spitting out burned out geek slang through braces an overbite and been a secondary character but Steve Carell plays Andy like a normal enough guy who may be naive to more grown up activities like pornography and drinking but comes across as the more emotionally mature member of his peers who are into weed, adult movies and other more slovenly acts.  Each member of the group has their own advice for how to get girls and be hip.  As I pointed out, each of these guys is a bit of a stereotype and they are still likable in spite of this.

Andy runs the gamut of various women that his buddys set him up with and tactics for making a home run, if you will and nothing feels right.  Andy's game but nothing comes together.  Andy's got his eye on the sweet lady who runs the store down the road but he holds out and continues with his friends afraid to make the move on his best chance.  It's a little sad to see that he can't make the leap that he should sooner but better late then never as he does spend more time with her and even learns more about sex then another movie would teach us, that time spent in more healthy ways in a relationship can lead to a happier life-not to say that they don't try right away and having it end with hilarious results.  Theres a moral there somewhere.  Catherine Keener is that woman and she's got the right amount of humor, charm and sex appeal to be a perfect match for Andy and his character.  In other hands Andy would have ended up with some buxom bombshell with no chemistry with Andy.  The wrapping might have been nicer but the contents might not have been as beliveable and in the long haul you might not be as happy.  Keener is another great touch the movie has since you belive her character can exist and really be attracted to Andy.

There may be the usual amount of pop culture talk and other odd moments that don't mix the way they should but The 40-Year-Old Virgin is honestly one of the best and funniest comedies I've seen in a while.

If The 40-Year-Old Virgin is a sign of comedies moving away from too broad stereotypes, tired jokes and over gross out humor, then all I can say is "Thank you!"  On the surface, The 40-Year-Old Virgin looks like a lame sex comedy but it's actually very sweet, very against the grain in many aspects and very funny.  I'm glad that I lost my virginity-so to speak regarding The 40-Year-Old Virgin and did listen to my friends for a change.

You listen to too many people, listen to yourself.

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October 21, 2010
Wonderful movie
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love this movie non stop laughting could see it day and night .
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Cult comic actor Steve Carell--long adored for his supporting work onThe Daily Showand in movies likeBruce AlmightyandAnchorman--leaps into leading man status withThe 40 Year-Old Virgin. There's no point describing the plot; it's about how a 40 year-old virgin named Andy (Carell) finally finds true love and gets laid. Along the way, there are very funny scenes involving being coached by his friends, speed dating, being propositioned by his female manager, and getting his chest waxed. Carell finds both humor and humanity in Andy, and the supporting cast includes some standout comic work from Paul Rudd (Clueless,The Shape of Things) and Jane Lynch (Best in Show,A Mighty Wind), as well as an unusually straight performance from Catherine Keener (Lovely & Amazing,Being John Malkovich). And yet... something about the movie misses the mark. It skirts around the topic of male sexual anxiety, mining it for easy jokes, but never really digs into anything that would make the men in the audience actually squirm--and it's a lot less funny as a result. Nonetheless, there are many great bits, and Carell deserves the chance to shine.--Bret Fetzer
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Director: Judd Apatow
Genre: Comedy
Screen Writer: Steve Carell, Judd Apatow
DVD Release Date: December 13, 2005
Runtime: 116 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios
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