Starring Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd, Romany Malco, Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks
Written By: Judd Apatow, Steve Carell
Directed By: Judd Apatow
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The 40 Year Old Virgin was the standout comedy of the summer (besides Wedding Crashers) and I knew the movie would be good. I knew it would be good just knowing that Judd Apatow and Steve Carell were involved. Judd Apatow did the critical acclaimed TV series Freaks & Geeks and Undeclared. Steve Carell has been doing funny things for years in the Daily Show and has been a scene stealer in the movies Anchorman and Bruce Almighty. Plus he’s the star of the American version of the Office. What you get from 40 Year Old Virgin is a comedy that can be raunchy at times, but heartfelt and sweet at times too.
The movie is about Andy Stitzer, a stock clerk at an electronics store who’s a 40-year-old and he has never had sex. He’s not gay or anything, just has had bad lucky with women his whole life, and then stopped trying to get laid. So he concentrated on things he loved like toy collecting, video games, and Survivor. His co-workers invite Andy along for poker night, and they discover that he’s a virgin. They vow to get Andy laid, and to teach him a thing or two along the way (even though they don’t really have any good advice for him). Andy doesn’t want help with anything but he agrees to it so they stop badgering him. While filling in for one of his sales buddies at work, he meets Trish. Andy thinks she is the one and they take things slow, since Trish is 40 herself, but also a parent of three. Once Andy’s friends find out that their relationship is based on no sex, they tell him to call it off and move on. Andy has to decide what he wants more, love or just plain old sex.
This movie was hilarious & sweet and it’s hard to achieve both nowadays. The writing & acting is what made the movie successful I think. Steve Carell pulled off this character really well. You really think he’s Andy and a 40 year old virgin. He played the part a little too well I think? Besides Steve Carell, the supporting characters are just as good. Seth Rogen was hilarious and stole a lot of scenes, and Paul Rudd was great as usual. The character he usually plays are heart throbs but this time he plays a guy who’s pretty much a stalker. Romany Malco did a good job as the all-knowing black guy. You can’t forget the Indian guy who cursed up a storm and told everyone to go fuck a goat. The film has a lot of funny moments but there seems to be a lot of downtime now that there are scenes added back into the movie. That’s probably my biggest complain about the film, it’s too long. A movie about a 40-year-old virgin doesn’t need to be this long. An hour and half TOPS. But I guess Apatow wanted to flesh out Andy’s character and the people he interacts with. I think now that the unrated stuff was added back into the movie, it might be hurting the film because there seem to be less scenes with Catherine Keener. The chemistry between Andy and Trish starts to get lost a little bit.
I liked how the movie basically said sex isn’t such a big thing after all, because even the people that have are pretty fucked up too. Each person experiences something different and has it for the first time at different stages of their life. It’s just not as important to some people and that’s clearly shown here in this movie. But yeah, everyone deserves to get laid, even the geeks who collect toys and rides bikes every day to work. On the outside, this movie looks like an outright raunchy teen comedy but it really seems geared toward adults. I’m all for that since i’m technically an adult now. There’s a fair balance of being raunchy and an adult comedy.
The extras are not bad and worth checking after the movie. Usually with deleted scenes, they were cut for a reason (mostly time restraints or just not good enough) but these deleted scenes were pretty funny. The funniest one was the extended cut of “You’re So Gay” scene and Seth Rogen & Paul Rudd just riff off each other and it’s hilarious. The full speed dating scene was good for character development, but not necessarily the funniest thing. It had funny moments in it, but I can see why the full scene was cut down a lot. The next thing I watched was the line-o-rama, where it was a bunch of different lines for one scene. Same thing was shown at the end of Anchorman, so I liked that feature a lot. Pretty funny to see what people come up with. The last thing I checked out was the outtakes and those are always fun to watch!
The 40-Year-Old Virgin was a funny comedy with great acting & writing. I always knew Steve Carell was going to become a comedy star and glad he finally has gotten enough roles to be leading man material. If you like raunchy adult comedies, this movie will be for you. If you don’t think sex or virgin jokes are funny, then maybe you should pass on the movie. It’s definitely worth checking out though.
Andy’s Fantasies – Additional deleted footage that was actually too dirty for the movie.
My Dinner With Stormy: Actor/Co-Producer Seth Rogen has dinner with adult-film star Stormy Daniels.
Side-splitting bonus material that will keep you laughing for hours!
Gag Reel – Hilarious on-set moments with cast and crew.
You Know How I Know You’re Gay? – Never-before-seen extra material of the infamous routine.
Line-O-Rama – A raucous montage of alternate jokes from different scenes.
Multiple commentary tracks featuring filmmakers and cast
And much, much more!
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Stereo
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo
Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
English, Spanish, French
Favorite Scenes: Hair removal, Speed dating, Box of porn/ Andy alone scene, you’re so gay scene
Running Time: 133 minutes