The 40 Year-Old Virgin (Unrated Two-Disc Double Your Pleasure Edition)
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Forty-year-old Andy Stitzer lives a comfortably regimented singleton life - similar to the main character from "About a Boy," except chaste, uncool, and with no internal monologue. He works in the service department of Smart Tech, a Circuit City-like electronics store. One day, a couple of coworkers ask him to be the fifth man at a poker party. He accepts, but during the game is outed as a virgin. The rest of the movie revolves around his friends' outrageous attempts to get him hooked up, along with Andy's determined efforts to overcome his fear of women and woo Trish, an attractive customer who owns an online auction store across the street.
This could easily have been another lowbrow copulation comedy. However, it's much better than that. Steve Carell (also a co-writer) does a fine job of making Andy into a sympathetic character. Indeed, I easily identified with his motivations and actions: the bad experiences that led him to forsake dating, his escape into fantasy, and even the mundane activities he uses to fill his solitary life. Andy's friends are also intriguing because they represent flawed approaches to women. David (Paul Rudd) is obsessed with a gal who dumped him years ago, Cal (Seth Rogan) objectifies females, and the serial cheater Jay (Romany Malco) can't commit to his longsuffering girlfriend.
The movie has been lengthened in this DVD edition by 17 minutes with additional and extended scenes.Read more ›
Imagine you combined a few of the best parts of Something about Mary, 40 days and 40 nights, Sideways and ( as strange as it might sound) an after school special. Now, throw in more profanity than really necessary and imagine that the combination worked.
Plus, unlike the Josh Hartnett film, 40 days and 40 nights, there is some actual thought given to the kind of person who is shown.
It's not Shakespeare. It's not Once Upon a Time In Mexico. And it's not the Usual Suspects, but for what it is it works.
And what it is, is the smartest dumb movie I've seen in a very long time.
Among its many surprises, is you have a peer group of men who actually look out for each other.
You also have an attractive grandmother who is not the standard cookie-cutter grandmother.
These are just two of the many departures from the expected that make this anything but the one-note comedy that the commercials make it seem like.
The 40 year-old is cut from the same cloth as Steve Martin's early masterpiece, the Jerk, and as someone in his thirties, it's refreshing to see a funny movie, where the main character is not a 20-something.
Plus, the soundtrack is a surprising combination of some of the forgotten treasures of pop and broadway.
Perhaps, the best of all, it's nice to be reminded that everyone is running on their own schedule in life.
Andy spent his high school and college years attempting to get laid, but it never worked out. He would always screw it up in some way; he once gave a girl a bloody nose after kicking her in the face because she was licking his ticklish feet. So eventually he just gave up and put his focus on his hobbies (videogaming and collecting toys like G.I. Joes). He rides his bike to work everyday (he doesn't own a car, nor does he know how to drive one) and hangs out in the back by himself. One day a few guys at Andy's workplace invite him to play poker, and it's this fateful game that Andy's "secret" comes out. His new found friends devote themselves to finally getting Andy some action. These guys act like Andy has some kind of problem, when he really doesn't, and we discover along with Andy that it's not him with the problem, but the people around him.
I definitely reccomend seeing this movie. It's a well-written, well played out comedy that deserves everyone's attention. It's great to finally see Steve Carrell front and center (have you seen the movie poster, by the way? It's great!) because he can certainly carry a movie, and he does it like a seasoned pro. Root for Andy!
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An funny film that honestly expresses part of our human condition. Very well written and made. It was a little too crass for me, but it's about what I expected.Published 2 hours ago by N. Ritter
This movie was hilarious, very entertaining. You have guy, Andy in the film who had decided to wait for the right person to sleep with and nothing is wrong with that.Published 6 hours ago by L. M. Young