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Overall Rating
4.21

Awesome53.69%
Worth A Look: 31.54%
Average: 4.7%
Pretty Bad: 2.68%
Total Crap: 7.38%

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40-Year-Old Virgin, The
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by Scott Weinberg

"One of the funniest movies I've ever seen. Yeah, I said it."
5 stars

I love this movie. I love that it's sweet, sexy, ribald, and raunchy at the same time; that it's populated with characters you grow to love almost immediately; that it's clearly made with actual grown-ups in mind; that it's not ashamed to dole out smart semi-smut and creative carnality; that it's brought to life by actors so funny it makes your cheeks hurt; and that it made me laugh like I haven't laughed in about a decade. This is not only one of the year's best comedies; it's one of the year's best movies, period, and if you folks don't go out and support this movie, I may end up having to stalk you until you do.

Steve Carell is a guy we've all been "discovering" for the past several years.

"Who?"

"That guy from The Daily Show! Um, he was the news-guy in Bruce Almighty; the one who was forced to speak mega-babble!"

"Umm..."

"(Sigh.) He was the hilariously obtuse Brick Tamland in Anchorman! He's the star of the American version of The Office!"

"Oh, that guy! Is he really all that funny? He looks like a comedian's straight-man!"

Folks, let me tell you something. I've been a connoisseur of American comedy since about 1980, and I've come across very few comedians as craftily talented as Steve Carell. What lurks beneath that generic-looking everyman exterior is the heart of a comedic immortal. This guy could make the reading of a nutrition panel funny. It's almost unfair that someone like Carell should have such talent while guys like Rob Schneider expend all their energy for nary a chuckle.

But Mr. Carell has finally made the leap into leading-man country, and the resulting film, The 40 Year-Old Virgin is probably the funniest American comedy since Cameron Diaz moussed her hair with Ben Stiller's manly discharge. The 40 Year-Old Virgin has more laughs in its first 45 minutes than Wedding Crashers has in two hours ... and I really enjoyed the hell out of Wedding Crashers!

Carell plays Andy Stitzer, a completely sweet and almost entirely clueless stock manager at an electronics store. Andy leads a solitary yet contended life surrounded by his action figures, comic books, and video games. But when three of his colorful co-workers invite Andy to an after-hours poker game, it's the event that starts Andy's mid-life resurgence.

Andy accidentally lets the guys know that, despite being four decades old, he is still a virgin. David (Paul Rudd), Jay (Romany Falco), and Cal (Seth Rogen) are initially blown away by the revelation, but their casual mockery of Andy turns into full-blown friendship as they try to teach our hero the ways of the womanly world. Before too long, Andy has to choose between a seriously sexy bookstore employee (Elizabeth Banks) and a single mother of three (Catherine Keener) who's as sweet as she is skeptical.

Plot-wise, that's about it; the bulk of The 40 Year-Old Virgin deals with the numerous bouts of ineptitude that occur when Andy finds himself in close proximity to a person bearing breasts. From a speed-dating party to the bar scene and several stops in between, Andy comes pretty close here and there, but his innate nervousness undoes the deal with alarming consistency.

The 40 Year-Old Virgin is basically about the ways in which men are hopelessly intimidated by women. As Andy slowly regains some confidence, his three co-workers grow to love the guy ... and so will you. Rare is the movie that actually deserves a big, blustery hug from the viewer, but The 40 Year-Old Virgin is precisely that sort of comedy.

Just when you're sure that the movie's only concerned with material sophomoric in nature, director / co-writer Judd Apatow offers a moment of outright sweetness. And it's this palpable sense of heart and humor that elevates The 40 Year-Old Virgin into something a lot more substantial than "just another sex comedy."

And the cast ... words almost fail me. (I said almost.) As Andy's three new pals, Rudd, Falco, and Rogen achieve an "every-guy" chemistry that's generally unseen outside of bars, poker games, frat houses, or Xbox parties. It only takes about thirty minutes of the film before you realize how much you really like these characters, and it's this distinction that makes The 40 Year-Old Virgin a lot more than just a "funny flick."

As Andy's wildly disparate potential love interests, Elizabeth Banks and Catherine Keener are simply flawless. Banks brings a "real girl" sexuality to her performance that the female moviegoers will undoubtedly appreciate, while Ms. Keener delivers some of her very best work as Trish. Those who know Catherine Keener only as an ice-blooded ball-buster may find themselves shocked as they gradually fall in love with her character here. (And high praise indeed is due to Mr. Apatow for hiring an age-appropriate actress for this role; it would have been a lot easier to cast a hot, young siren for this role -- but she wouldn't have been nearly as charming.)

And Carell? Flawless. He makes the leap from supporting stooge to leading-man lunkhead with appreciable grace and skill. If Andy Stitzer is portrayed as too geeky or clueless, we'd have very little to relate with. But Carell strikes a perfect balance between scared, sensitive, and sex-hungry, and the character never once overstays his welcome.

Some might say that The 40 Year-Old Virgin runs about fifteen minutes longer than it needs to, and that the steam runs out before the end credits manage to show up -- but I was so invested in these crazy characters, I could have dealt with an extra 45 minutes of Andy's virginity.

No lie, folks. "The 40 Year-Old Virgin" had tears streaming down my face; my throat was raw and my ribcage actually hurt from all the laughter. (I also had a friend next to me who kept elbowing me in the ribs every nine minutes.) I left this movie on an absolute high, madly in love with this brilliantly crafted comedy, desperately excited to see it again, and all-but obsessed with getting other people to go see it. Support this comedy and we'll probably get a few more just like it. So do me a favor, movie-fans: Go give "The 40 Year-Old Virgin" a shot. If it tickles you even half as thoroughly as it did me, you'll walk out thinking it's one of the funniest flicks you've seen in years. Because it is.

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User Comments

9/13/17 morris campbell funny flick 4 stars
4/16/14 Charles Tatum Funny, but VERY overrated 4 stars
8/11/09 sandeep good 3 stars
6/16/09 Sterling chest hair scend was hilarious 4 stars
5/05/09 sandy freeman stupid stupid stupid. garbage film. 1 stars
3/30/09 Anonymous. hilarious and almost perfect-3.5/4 :D 5 stars
7/19/08 Shaun Wallner Had some funny parts. 3 stars
3/09/08 jbubbles A wonderful comedy with a lot of heart. Steve Carell is so loveable. 5 stars
3/03/08 ladavies Very funny, but plot drags. 4 stars
3/02/08 SamanthaPayntr so funny! Steve Carell is always really funny! and i love Seth Rogan! 5 stars
12/17/07 gr Brilliant! 5 stars
12/15/07 Pamela White very cute but not one for my library 3 stars
8/15/07 Ashley uggg A-MAY-ZINNGGG 5 stars
6/21/07 Erin People who are so negative about this are only trying to sound smarter than they really are 5 stars
6/09/07 Dave sucked ass 1 stars
6/02/07 ES A good comedy, some great funny moments but the song at the end was too over the top 4 stars
5/09/07 David Pollastrini didn't think much of it. 2 stars
5/06/07 fools♫gold I didn't like it, but props for the three times it made me die from laughing! 2 stars
4/20/07 Chris Redmond The funniest, most compassionate American comedy since Meet the Parents. 5 stars
3/11/07 Steve Maybe my IQ is a little too high for my brain to allow me to enjoy this shit for a movie? 1 stars
2/14/07 The chode Fucking hilarious, the unedited version is 100000 times better. 5 stars
2/12/07 AJ Muller I pity the miserable people who don't find this utterly hilarious. Best comedy in years. 5 stars
12/13/06 Dude Gross and Unfunny. It Sucked so much ass 1 stars
9/30/06 Tamara D. Leonard Disgusting drivel. I carried my father with me, and I was so embarassed I wanted to hide. 1 stars
7/26/06 Kurt AMAZING WEINBURG WAS RIGHT 5 stars
7/26/06 Agent Sands Carell is one of the new generation's great comedians. And it's a well-made film at that. 4 stars
7/20/06 Danielle It was okay. 4 stars
7/17/06 EZ never laughed the whole damn movie!!! 1 stars
5/10/06 millersxing Sympathetic over-the-hill dude scores for the 1st time. Uncomfortable and lol funny. 4 stars
4/24/06 MP Bartley Great jokes, underpinned with a genuinely sweet sensibility. Carell is terrific. 4 stars
4/11/06 Sully f*ck your Grandmother, then ask her for a check for $12........ 5 stars
3/11/06 Dillon Hilarious. A rare comedy where funny dialogue replace sight gags 5 stars
3/03/06 Anthony Feor Funny once, after that, nothing 3 stars
2/27/06 Steven Lewis It had it's very funny moments but some were just blah.. 3 stars
2/20/06 Tanya I laughed until I cried 5 stars
1/22/06 Crackhead How can anybodey like this, you have to be a virgin to like this, this movie sucks 1 stars
12/30/05 Simon Specific scenes and dialogue are quite funny, but that's all;drawn-out plot and bit clichd 3 stars
12/30/05 Taylor Fladgate An instant classic. Learn the punch lines now for your New Years parties. 5 stars
12/28/05 Phil M. Aficionado Lots of kudos deserved, but the overlong and atrocious ending hurts the film, big. 4 stars
12/10/05 Doc Hollywood Absolutely Crap. Bastard copy of Japanese Densha Otoko idea. Humour forced, NO PLOT! 1 stars
11/22/05 13-year old viewer of this film If they keep makin' horror flicks like this, I'll probably be a 40-year old virgin too! 1 stars
11/09/05 rachel very funny and entertaining. worth watching 5 stars
10/28/05 PAG pretty funny 4 stars
10/27/05 Michael Kondo this was pretty good, not great but not bad 4 stars
10/27/05 deadwiz This movie was hilarious! I can't wait for the dvd! 5 stars
10/12/05 Josh Swanson Drop-dead, laugh your ass off funny!!! Way better then Wedding Crashers, which was goodtoo 5 stars
10/08/05 Rosa Fleur It was 'ow you say pretty damn good! I would of had sex with 'im! Poor bloke! 5 stars
10/03/05 bgu nhko bjhnh 5 stars
9/29/05 Sarah was ere my name is sarah darymple i lost muh virginty to muh hand 1 stars
9/23/05 Someone who'd mistakenly heard this film was a "comedy" Watching this movie is like having someone piss on your brain, only not as rewarding. 1 stars
9/20/05 ERIC ROBERT WILKINSON Keener steals the film as a sweet foil for the virginal hero (Carell)! So hilarious! 5 stars
9/16/05 Laura Lee Macleod childish, silly, juvenile but oddly watchable 4 stars
9/08/05 Marcia Refreshingly "R"; perfect casting, acting, set dec. Consistent laughs and sweetness. 5 stars
9/05/05 Indrid Cold When a movie like this is the best comedy of the year, we're REALLY starved for quality. 3 stars
9/03/05 KR Jin: You know how I know you're gay? You don't like this movie. 5 stars
8/30/05 Jin further evidence of the dumbing down of America. 2 stars
8/29/05 bullit16 Not quite TSAM, but pretty damn funny 4 stars
8/29/05 KCobain The humor frustrating and tedious. In poor taste. 2 stars
8/29/05 Dan Very good. Best Comedy of the year. Loved the old Indian guy! 4 stars
8/28/05 LittlePenguin FUCKING HILARIOUS! BRILLIANT, FUNNIEST MOVIE I HAVE SEEN IN MONTHS! 5 stars
8/26/05 Caiphn Best Romedy I've ever seen. 4 stars
8/24/05 Lisa Perfect combination -- hilarious and smart, with heart, and an extremely talented cast 5 stars
8/24/05 Lauren this movie was absolutely HILARIOUS I almost peed my pants! 5 stars
8/23/05 Trevor Freakin genius!! We quoted the movie the ENTIRE next day! 5 stars
8/23/05 Alyson I literally got a head ache from laughing too hard. I just might have to see it again. 5 stars
8/23/05 Boy Oxford Constantly hilarious, great acting from everyone 5 stars
8/23/05 Mr. Eff Great movie. Funny through the whole two hours. 5 stars
8/22/05 Uncle Salty FUCKING OUTSTANDING 5 stars
8/22/05 jcjs wow, gees, ooooh, as funny and clever as 'Sideways' if not more so...great 5 stars
8/22/05 SD So good you'll need to see it again 5 stars
8/21/05 Sharline It was hte funniest movie I've seen all year!! I Loved it!! 2 thumbs way up!! 5 stars
8/21/05 Jim The Movie Freak Maybe not the "Best" film of 2005 so far, but my personal favorite. 5 stars
8/20/05 ajay very funny, best movie of the summer. 5 stars
8/20/05 Titus Makes a couple low-brow punches that could be left out, drags a bit. Otherwise: great! 4 stars
8/20/05 buford hilarious. it's a shame that dumb america will probably not see it. 5 stars
8/20/05 Kristina Williams Kelly Clarkson! 5 stars
8/19/05 Danny Pesses Best comedy I've seen in a VERY long time! 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  19-Aug-2005 (R)
  DVD: 22-May-2007

UK
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Australia
  06-Oct-2005


Directed by
  Judd Apatow

Written by
  Judd Apatow
  Steve Carell

Cast
  Steve Carell
  Catherine Keener
  Paul Rudd
  Seth Rogen
  Romany Malco
  Elizabeth Banks



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