40 Year Old Virgin Review

Andy (Steve Carell) is 40 years old, works in the stock room at the local electronics store, collects action figures and has had his share of embarrassing sexual encounters. Being such, he's yet to "go all the way" and at this point in his life is scared to approach a woman let alone sleep with her. However one day his fellow workers find out that he's a virgin and they undertake the task of getting Andy dates and also some sex. They offer Andy all the typical "player" type advise and how to hit on the drunk, slutty and easy girls. However Andy's geeklike behavior combined with his fear of sex makes him unable to go through with anything. At the same time Andy meets a Trish (Catherine Keener) a recent divorcee who works across the street who takes a liking to him. Andy comes to the realization that he may have to have sex and the adventure begins from there.

By now everyone should know Steve Carell from his stint with The Daily Show and even more recently his work as the half-witted weatherman in Anchorman. Carell deserved this movie as he plays the part of the sometimes slow, always awkward to at T and he definitely continues that trend in 40 Year Old Virgin. Carell does an excellent job in the film portraying the undersexed Andy to deliver the laughs in so many situations, but does so in a way where the audience sympathizes with him.

Besides Carell's performance, I found the supporting cast to be very competent as well. They played their somewhat typecast parts well and combined made everything believable and most importantly hilarious. Specifically Catherine Keener's role as Trish was perfectly portrayed as the divorcee mother with a crush on the geeky Andy. She provided some funny parts, but more importantly delivered the heartfelt and more emotional part to the film. Credit also should be given to Judd Apatow, the co-writer and most importantly the director. He's had his hand in such television hits as Freaks & Geeks, but this is his big screen directorial debut and he handles it well.

40 Year Old Virgin excels where so many comedies fail and that's the script and storyline. Carell and Apatow co-wrote 40 Year Old and did a great job mixing up the comedy and not always going right for the obvious. Although they do repeat on a few cliche things like Andy's morning wood and go a little overboard with the obscenities, the other events throughout the movie are pure genius. From speed dating to chest hair removal to one crazy drunk girl behind the wheel, 40 Year Old Virgin is sure to make you laugh a quite a few times.

Although there are no real glaring faults in the movie, as I mentioned above the obscenities got out of hand at a point and detracted from certain scenes. Also I found the movie a bit stretched in terms of time. I think the movie could have cut out 20 minutes and been a perfect length instead of the close to 2 hour running time it currently has. By the end you have had your share of laughs and the comedy and plot are but wound down.

Overall the film is very close to being considered a comedic masterpiece and was definitely one of the best comedies of this summer. Carell deserves a lot of praise for delivering a great performance for his first lead role and we should be seeing a lot more of him in the future. Although with the language, sex talk and slight nudity this movie may not be for everyone, those with a good sense of humor and not easily offended should find 40 Year Old Virgin to be right up your alley.

"40 Year Old Virgin" opens August 19, 2005 and is rated R. Comedy. Directed by Judd Apatow. Written by Judd Apatow, Steve Carell. Starring Catherine Keener, Elizabeth Banks, Jane Lynch, Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, Romany Malco, Seth Rogen, Steve Carell.



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