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The 40-Year Old Virgin (2005)
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Review Date: August 22, 2005
Director: Judd Apatow
Writer: Judd Apatow, Steve Carell
Producers: Judd Apatow, Shauna Robertson, Clayton Townsend
Actors:
Steve Carell as Andy
Catherine Keener as Trish
Paul Rudd as David
Plot:
A 40-year old nerd who likes to collect toy figurines and play lots of videogames, has never been laid in his life and is suddenly taken to task on this fact, when a few of his so-called “women expert” buddies at work, find out about it. They attempt to teach the poor lad the “ways to the ladies”, but inevitably end up mucking him up even more. Until, that is, he meets a woman of his liking whom he starts to date. But will he ever be able to hit that poon and admit his sad truth to her? Not sure, but plenty of sex jokes ensue.
Critique:
So why can’t they make more of these R-rated comedies? That’s right, I’m talking to you, Hollywood! Believe it or not, there are people out there, over the age of 17, who actually want to laugh and appreciate “adult humor”, without having to suffer through 20-somethings acting like teens, having sex in their undies and making sure to only use the word “fuck” once, lest they end up with anything over a PG-13 rating. This movie is a refreshing change from the norm, with adults acting like adults, talking like adults and yeah…behaving like idiots…as adults! It’s a frank comedy that doesn’t mind taking shots at many taboos, especially those related to sex and the oversexualized society in which we live today. The film is centered around one man, a virgin, portrayed bravely and very humorously by the underrated Steve Carell. Carell holds the film together with his doe-like innocent eyes and attitude, but even moreso, with his grand humor, his courage to look stupid and ultimately, his humanity. That’s right, we’re talking about a damn raunchy comedy that doesn’t just toss dick and fart jokes at you at 100 mph, it also gives you a little bit of heart and caring for the dude, who ultimately, is really just a nice nerd who got lost in the sexual shuffle of life (join the club, dude). Any great comedy requires more than an interesting plot, laughs and an appealing lead character though, it’s also made greater by a strong supporting cast, and most of the guys here are also very good, despite them not necessarily gelling as a group (it didn’t feel like they were “real” friends).

I also liked the film’s ability to continually crank out new jokes and situations, despite it essentially being a one-joke movie – although that did make it feel a little bit like a sketch-movie, with a lack of engaging storyline keeping me entirely in the game. Finally, even though the film’s laughs played consistently for me from the first frame, close to the end of the movie, it just went on for too long (two hours is way too long for a film of this premise), with the film’s final half hour feeling a little tired, particularly the “shouting stuff” between Carell and Keener, which felt a little too fake for me. In fact, even though I’m generally a huge fan of the Keener, I didn’t think she worked all that well here, with her acting seemingly limited, and a lack of chemistry with Carell. All that said, you’re not going to watch this film because you believe it will rank right up there with CASABLANCA, you’re going to see it because you want sex jokes, taboo topics rubbed into your face and tons of nudity (sadly, there’s only one nipple shot in the whole thing…what happened??). See it today and pretend that the virgin jokes aren’t so funny because they ring so true to your own experience. As for me, I’m gonna attempt to use some of their advice for my own shit and go “tackle some drunk bitches”. Hey, if it works in the movies…it must work in real life…right, right?!?
(c) 2014 Berge Garabedian
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8:24AM on 05/20/2006

Not just a good comedy, but a good movie

This is a very well balanced movie, du to the fact that it made me shit myself in laughter but also had a story that held water and actually made me want to watch the movie rather then just wait for the next punch line. Steve Correll could be the next big funny man actor, I just hope h doesnt sell out, and do every movie script tossed his way, like Farrel did. The secondary characters, mostly his friends trying to get him laid I thourghly enjoyed, because the seemed so real and I related to
This is a very well balanced movie, du to the fact that it made me shit myself in laughter but also had a story that held water and actually made me want to watch the movie rather then just wait for the next punch line. Steve Correll could be the next big funny man actor, I just hope h doesnt sell out, and do every movie script tossed his way, like Farrel did. The secondary characters, mostly his friends trying to get him laid I thourghly enjoyed, because the seemed so real and I related to them so much because the fact that is how me an my friends act.

So it should be obvious of my recommendation for this movie, so get off your ass and go watch it!
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2:55PM on 02/13/2006
I'm not going to go into too much detail why this movie is a 9/10. I'm just going to say, if you like laughing, and you wanna see a fun movie, this is for you. If you don't usually enjoy silly, dirty and untasteful humor, then you probably won't enjoy this film.

But anyway, before I go, I'm also going to give my praise to the star of the show, Steve Carrel. He was believable, funny and overall just likeable as Andy, the virgin.
I'm not going to go into too much detail why this movie is a 9/10. I'm just going to say, if you like laughing, and you wanna see a fun movie, this is for you. If you don't usually enjoy silly, dirty and untasteful humor, then you probably won't enjoy this film.

But anyway, before I go, I'm also going to give my praise to the star of the show, Steve Carrel. He was believable, funny and overall just likeable as Andy, the virgin.
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5:06PM on 01/08/2006

Funny, but Not Hillarious

I really enjoyed this film's ability to give off a joke that is mildly funny at intervals. Steve Carell was great at playing a 40 - year old virgin nerd. His timidness in his other films never really shone. It was a smart idea to have him in his own movie. Even if all the other characters only thought about sex, Carell's character is what releives you from all of the raunchy sex talk.
I really enjoyed this film's ability to give off a joke that is mildly funny at intervals. Steve Carell was great at playing a 40 - year old virgin nerd. His timidness in his other films never really shone. It was a smart idea to have him in his own movie. Even if all the other characters only thought about sex, Carell's character is what releives you from all of the raunchy sex talk.
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11:16AM on 12/15/2005

I Agree

I Wish They Would Make More Movies Like This With Adult Humor. I Am Only 15 And I Saw This With My Mom And She Loved It And I Did To
I Wish They Would Make More Movies Like This With Adult Humor. I Am Only 15 And I Saw This With My Mom And She Loved It And I Did To
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8:00AM on 12/05/2005
It's funny in general but way overlong. 85-90 minutes could have been more than enough coz its drags at the end without heading towards any new places. But it was funny and deserves to do loads better than the trashy WEDDING CRASHERS
It's funny in general but way overlong. 85-90 minutes could have been more than enough coz its drags at the end without heading towards any new places. But it was funny and deserves to do loads better than the trashy WEDDING CRASHERS
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7:49PM on 08/30/2005

Here's my review . . .

After getting over a little head cold and procrastinating just a little bit, I finally saw this movie that I'd been wanting to see since I heard of it.
I'm a big fan of Steve Carrell's and thought the premise for this movie was perfect for somebody of his comedic talent.
While I wasn't totally blown away by this movie, it still was pretty freakin' funny. Carrell was very good as the the forty year old who never got any. You'd expect a guy like this to have collectible toys, ride a bike
After getting over a little head cold and procrastinating just a little bit, I finally saw this movie that I'd been wanting to see since I heard of it.
I'm a big fan of Steve Carrell's and thought the premise for this movie was perfect for somebody of his comedic talent.
While I wasn't totally blown away by this movie, it still was pretty freakin' funny. Carrell was very good as the the forty year old who never got any. You'd expect a guy like this to have collectible toys, ride a bike everywhere, and basically too chicken sh*t to talk to women. Then you have his friends who all have their advice to our hero on how to score. It all adds up to a pretty hilarious flick.

The problems I had with the movie were that the middle part dragged on a bit: first in that his friends are trying to get him laid - with no luck, then the movie moves towards somewhat of a love story. There's plenty of laughs to help the movie along, but there are some slow moments.

And I really hate it when these movies have women stripping down to nothing, but never show any T&A. Come on - get an actress who's not afraid to hide behind bubbles in a bubble bath for crying out loud.

Steve Carrell is well on his way to being a comedic star. The characters in the movie are excellent and really contribute to the comedy. Save a few slow spots, you've got a good comedy with a pretty decent ending.

7/10
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5:41PM on 08/29/2005

I pissed my pants

Thats right I, a grown man with a family pissed his pants...in public. This movie was sooooo funny, I thought I'd have an asthma attack right then and there! I kept using my inaler, that I totally neglected my bladder! It was worth it though, that movie not only brought back memories but it made me laugh non-stop for about 2 hours.
Thats right I, a grown man with a family pissed his pants...in public. This movie was sooooo funny, I thought I'd have an asthma attack right then and there! I kept using my inaler, that I totally neglected my bladder! It was worth it though, that movie not only brought back memories but it made me laugh non-stop for about 2 hours.
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1:28AM on 08/25/2005

Fuck yah, Hollywood!

This is how you make a movie... For God's sake start realizing that the better you make a movie the more MONEY it's going to make in the long run... Most dumbass comedies I go see are on accident and that's the last the studio is going to get out of me. Make an insanely funny comedy like this one and you got me itching for the DVD release! Is it that hard to get the money out of my pocket? NO! Make good flicks and I'l be broke and you'll be rich! Until then I'm going to go buy more video
This is how you make a movie... For God's sake start realizing that the better you make a movie the more MONEY it's going to make in the long run... Most dumbass comedies I go see are on accident and that's the last the studio is going to get out of me. Make an insanely funny comedy like this one and you got me itching for the DVD release! Is it that hard to get the money out of my pocket? NO! Make good flicks and I'l be broke and you'll be rich! Until then I'm going to go buy more video games and make your industry crumble. Cheers!
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11:50AM on 08/23/2005

Funny!!!!

I loved this movie, i rank it up there with Anchorman, a true comedy. It's not your normal comedy and it definetly work it to watch if i had 7 thumbs they would all be up
I loved this movie, i rank it up there with Anchorman, a true comedy. It's not your normal comedy and it definetly work it to watch if i had 7 thumbs they would all be up
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10:18PM on 08/22/2005
a strong comedy, saw it with my girlfriend and we both left satisfied... i did feel like it lagged on for a bit, but i laughed consistently throughout the movie. i thought the three buddies were each very good, and carell himself proving he has the stuff to carry a movie. hopefully he won't make any mistakes and plunge into the remake trench (although he kind of dipped into that with his small role in bewitched).

on another note... welcome back joblo! nice to have you back reviewing movies
a strong comedy, saw it with my girlfriend and we both left satisfied... i did feel like it lagged on for a bit, but i laughed consistently throughout the movie. i thought the three buddies were each very good, and carell himself proving he has the stuff to carry a movie. hopefully he won't make any mistakes and plunge into the remake trench (although he kind of dipped into that with his small role in bewitched).

on another note... welcome back joblo! nice to have you back reviewing movies again! i missed it.
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