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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Steve Carell
Catherine Keener
Paul Rudd
Romany Malco
Seth Rogen.
Directors
Judd Apatow.
Screenwriters
Judd Apatow
Steve Carell.
Running Time
116 minutes

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The 40 Year Old Virgin


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Plot
Unassuming, toy-collecting electrical-store worker Andy (Carell) is goaded by his workmates into admitting that he’s never bumped uglies. His friends set to work rectifying this situation, but Andy only has eyes for Trish (Keener), who’s interested in love not sex.


Review
Steve Carell, who provided some of the best improv in Anchorman and has risen admirably to the impossible task of filling Ricky Gervais’ shoes in the US version of The Office, should soon be as big a star as Will Ferrell. Director and co-writer Judd Apatow, the brilliant creator of TV series Freaks And Geeks, equally deserves all the success in the world. This first big project for both men is almost the wonderful movie such a pair should produce — yet it falls just short, strangely hamstrung by an overload of uncontrolled creativity.


Regardless, if you don’t leave The 40 Year-Old Virgin with a goofy grin playing across your face, it’s time to stock up on Lithuanian fishing documentary DVDs and book yourself a regular slot on Newsnight Review.


This has many a moment of gross-out comedy par excellence, providing all manner of yuk for your buck. A bizarre speed-dating sequence with nipples making bids for freedom and a sly chat-up in a bookshop (preceded by the finest dating advice in history) will bring tears to the eyes, while a squirming, clearly improv’d waxing session will invite multiple howls. Carell has a natural gift for making the mundane uproarious and remaining loveable throughout (it’s a measure of his charm that his insistence on keeping cherry firmly intact never seems pathetic) that elevates even the basest comedy moments… although two morning-erection jokes is pushing it.


It’s in trying to be more that Apatow sadly stumbles. At the film’s centre is a very sweet story about a man choosing to wait for a woman he loves rather than give it up for one of the nymphomaniacs shoved his way. It’s like an older, yet less mature, version of American Pie. But where that balanced sweet and unsavoury, this loses its central romance amid the bodily fluids and flatulence. Catherine Keener, always watchable, is left screaming for attention as an insistent pack of testosteroney friends continually interrupt her storyline, reducing both her romantic impact and their own hilarity.


With 15 minutes edited out, this could be a contender for best comedy of the year and a possible rom-com classic. As it stands, The 40 Year-Old Virgin is delightfully disgusting, yet faintly disappointing.


Verdict
Overlong and slightly muddled, this is nevertheless an enjoyable showcase for the superb Steve Carell.


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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. ... More

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Posted by the film man at 23:46, 13 February 2012 | Report This Post


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... More

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Posted by TheGodfather at 08:05, 14 December 2009 | Report This Post


The 40 Year Old Virgin

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. ... More

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Posted by CIW at 01:26, 27 October 2008 | Report This Post


You know how i know you're gay?

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

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Posted by mickey820 at 01:39, 17 August 2008 | Report This Post


3 stars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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 ... More

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Posted by mozzaman at 16:33, 05 July 2008 | Report This Post


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

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Posted by lynnshep at 16:44, 01 January 2008 | Report This Post


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

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Posted by lynnshep at 16:44, 01 January 2008 | Report This Post


Funny as fuck! Geddit? ... More

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Posted by Bubba76 at 21:57, 11 December 2007 | Report This Post


Good but over-long

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 abo... More

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Posted by George Vader at 13:49, 18 October 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Aquarius

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. ... More

Posted by Castor Troy at 00:08, 28 March 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Aquarius

L: morgen 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. sp; Whoa! ok so it wasn't all slapstick comedy...it wa... More

Posted by jor el180 at 21:17, 27 March 2006 | Report This Post


RE: The 40 Year Old Virgin

erdana]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. ]erdana][/center] [font=ve... More

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Posted by Empitomezzo at 19:23, 27 March 2006 | Report This Post


The 40-Year-Old Virgin

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 ar... More

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Posted by wrenster at 11:27, 02 March 2006 | Report This Post


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, ... More

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Posted by Q.T at 20:13, 20 February 2006 | Report This Post


Well worth a trip to Blockbusters

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. ... More

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Posted by dorothyfeggs at 17:48, 06 February 2006 | Report This Post


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