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The 40 Year Old Virgin - 1/10/2005 3:23:20 PM   
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Well worth a trip to Blockbusters - 6/2/2006 5:48:34 PM   


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This comedy has more than its fair share of laugh-out-loud comedy moments (I know you're gay because...) - but was an odd mixture of sickly slush and high school porn.

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- 20/2/2006 8:13:26 PM   

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Steve Carrell is now one of my favourite comedians ever since seeing him in Bruce Almighty right up to the hilarious US version of The Office. Although the film doesn't seem that strong now, I'm sure it will mature with age. It also made me realise how good an actor Paul Rudd is, and not just a pretty face that they shoved on 'Friends.' Good film, but tries to be too much,

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The 40-Year-Old Virgin - 2/3/2006 11:27:03 AM   

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At last! An adult comedy that doesn't treat you like kids! Sothere are some very childish moments, but there is something much more special here. Steve Carell is hilarious as the naive virgin Andy, and you feel for him as he is pushed into the world of sex by his bragging friends. He is given great support from the rest of the cast, and the always watchable Catherine Keener just makes it better.

But what I liked most about this film is it has its heart in the right place. Most sex comedies are there to give teenagers a cheap thrill. This is more than that. The journey that Andy takes, trying desperately to keep his dignity while entering a world he doesn't fully understand makes it more than an extended innuendo flick. It does have its faults, like being too long, but any film that makes you laugh-out-loud is okay by me.

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RE: The 40 Year Old Virgin - 27/3/2006 7:23:09 PM   

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On a night playing Poker with three bawdy men, Andy Stitzer (the excellent newcomer to the Frat Pack scene, Steve Carell), a geeky toy-collector reveals that he has never done the dirty. Digs and mockery ensue, but the men also vow to get Andy to end his shameful virginity and find him a woman. Chest waxing and loose women follow, as well as a whole lot of male self-deprecation in Jud Apatow’s silly, sweet and appropriately raunchy romantic comedy.

As a protagonist, Andy is a deeply likable, if slightly kooky guy. He rides a bicycle to work. He carefully paints his toy figurines, whilst chatting to them. And he only has eyes for Trish, an eBay entrepreneur from across the road. Trish is played by Catherine Keener, and it is her chemistry with Steve Carell that elevates this film above the generic gross-out formula. Their romance is presented in a careful, convincing way, without holding back on the jokes, but cleverly using Andy’s virginity as both a convenience (the couple spend their time doing other things, such as conversing, flirting, or kissing) as well an obstacle (Trish cannot wait to get into Andy’s pants, but he’s still scared), that, only solidifies the belief in the pair’s love for each other.

The supporting cast, whilst not quite to the standard of the leads, hold their roles well. Paul Rudd is funny is the guy who is still hung up on his heartless ex-girlfriend, whilst Romany Malco also amuses, though his character does nothing to dispel the African American infidel stereotype. However, despite that little hiccup, 40-Year-Old is extremely well written, for it blends comedy, drama and romance deftly, as well as creating two leads that we care about, amongst the bawdy humour, which, at some points, proves to be the movie’s low point.

There are other flaws too, of course. There are lines that begin “I know you’re gay because…” which only manage a raised eyebrow, and the less said about that weird singsong at the end, the better. The running time of 2 hours is also to be questioned (romcoms are always like, 90 mins. Didn't you know that?) But for its faults, The 40-Year-Old Virgin is a hilarious film, sometimes painfully so, but one that never fails to entertain.



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RE: Aquarius - 27/3/2006 9:17:10 PM   
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Pretty Damn shit. I would like to know how Empire can give this film the same no. of stars as kingdom of heaven and give Green Sreet and revolver less, The only thing that saved this film from a one star rating, for me, was the musical ending, though it has to be said, that was bordering on ledgendary. unfortunatly it can't make up for the shocking script and predictability of the rest of the film. No, well worth missing.

Whoa! ok so it wasn't all slapstick was still better than 1 star!
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RE: Aquarius - 28/3/2006 12:08:46 AM   
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I didn't find it to be a gross out comedy in the slightest. Subtle gags like Carrell carrying his bike tyre into work, and trying to piss with an erection put this comedy in a higher league than ones which rely on eating dog shit. I think it is cleverer than people think it is - very well observed with a nice little message behind it which wasn't pushed down your throats. Plus, it was performed so well by everyone involved. Best comedy of last year.


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Good but over-long - 18/10/2006 1:49:45 PM   
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teve Carell (Anchorman, The US Office) stars as Andy Sitzer who's work mates discover one evening is a virgin, a 40 year old virgin.To Andy this has never been a big deal but to his colleagues it is and they are determined that he should 'score'.Now this could have turned into a Road Trip/American Pie style 'sex comedy' but instead is quite a thoughtful and charming comedy.This is mostly due to Carell who really is the nice guy, and throughout the movie, yes, you hope he gets his 'oats', but above all, you hope he finds the partner and love he deserves.

The only slight downpart to the movie was the length. I thought Hitch and The Wedding Crashers were fine comedies but suffered from a drawnout final third, this film suffers the same problem with it's running time of well over two hours.

Never the less it is still a very funny and charming movie and is highly recommended

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- 11/12/2007 9:57:43 PM   


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Funny as fuck! Geddit?

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- 1/1/2008 4:44:17 PM   

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Great, but a little too long. Carell is fantastic as are the regular Apatow crew. Rogen and Rudd are hysterical. Sweet and crude.

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- 1/1/2008 4:44:18 PM   

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Great, but a little too long. Carell is fantastic as are the regular Apatow crew. Rogen and Rudd are hysterical. Sweet and crude.

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3 stars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - 5/7/2008 4:33:36 PM   


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thats a load of my arse, it deserves at least 4, maybe 5, this was comedy genius, yes it was a bit too long but who gives a shit, would you rather a really funny movie end within an hour or goon forever, steve carrel is the shit

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You know how i know you're gay? - 17/8/2008 1:39:39 AM   


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You gave it 3 stars! It's at least 4!

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The 40 Year Old Virgin - 27/10/2008 1:26:42 AM   


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Absolutely brilliant comedy, Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd without a doubt are two of the funniest actors around. This is a film that you can guarantee will make you laugh no matter how many times you watch it.

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- 14/12/2009 8:05:19 AM   

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A comedy that is a bit of a tale of 2 thoughts. From the first scene it looks like it`s going to be a really lame, flat and cliché film. Luckily, it turns out, it`s not so bad once the credits start rolling. Something that, more than anything, can be credited to the wonderfull performance by Steve Carell, who turns the uber nerdy character (that Andy really is)from the script into a person with the heart at the right place. One that you`ll soon find yourself sympathising with. The beautiful Cathering Keener as his love interest is strong as well.
Because of these excellent performances, it`s all the more obvious how different the film could`ve turned out if the two leads weren`t so wonderfully portrayed. That is so clear from Andy`s colleague`s (brought to the screen by, among others, Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen), who can`t bring anything more to the film that a big bunch of cliché (and at moments quite irritating) characters.
With its running time of well over 2 hours it is kinda long for a comedy but never it gets dragging or boring.
A funny and at moments heart-warming comedy with an excellent Steve Carell.


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The 40 Year Old Virgin Review - 13/2/2012 11:46:42 PM   
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Steve Carell's first star turn scores big with a tender treatment of its titular underdog, using raunchy but realistically funny comedy to connect with adult audiences.

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Lots of laughs - 18/3/2015 10:55:17 PM   


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A none too subtle title disguises a very deft comedy that manages to expertly blend some gross-out humour with a really charming romantic story. An odd mix, perhaps, but in the very capable hands of Carell - enormously appealing as the nerd who is outed for being a virgin at the age of 40 by his uncomprehending workmates - this comes across as being one of the most consistently funny Hollywood comedies in many a year.

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