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While a film titled the 40 year old virgin wouldn't normally scream 'watch me' to me, but I was intrigued by this one. Think it was partly because my friend's ex looked very much like Steve Carell if I'm totally honest.
The main cast members are:
Steve Carell as Andy Stitzer
Catherine Keener as Trish Piedmont
Paul Rudd as David
Romany Malco as Jay
Seth Rogen as Cal
Jane Lynch as Paula
Elizabeth Banks as Beth
Leslie Mann as Nicky
Kat Dennings as Marla Piedmont
Gerry Bednob as Mooj
Jordan Masterson as Mark
Shelley Malil as Haziz
The film is predictably about Andy Stitzer (played by Steve Carell) who is a 40 year old virgin. Andy is somewhat old fashioned and naïve, whose main joys in life are video games and collecting action figures. When his work mates discover that Andy is still a virgin, they feel sorry for him and are determined to help him lose his virginity. Their hearts are in the right place, even though they do seem to be more of a hindrance than a help sometimes. Their suggestions include hiring a prostitute (who turns out to be a transsexual) and taking Andy to speed dating events.
Andy's luck finally changes when he meets Trish Piedmont, who owns the eBay store across the road from where Andy works. They make a pact not to have sex until after the 20th date, which suits Andy. When they finally reach the date, Andy is still reluctant, which prompts a huge argument that could change both their lives forever...
I must admit that the first time I watched this film, I didn't like it. I felt it was slightly point and make fun of virgins, but after a few watches, the film grew on me, and I thought that it was a touching, romantic comedy.
I liked the depth of characters in this film. I realised that some of my assumptions of the characters initially were wrong, and through the film, all of the characters developed in a good way. Where I had initially saw making fun of Andy, it morphed into something deeper, and after watching this a few times, I realised that the characters on the whole are good people.
The one thing that I felt was a let down in this film was the ending. The ending was awful. It was very cringeworthy and didn't seem to be linked in any way to the rest of the film. Anyone I have asked that has watched the film seems to have the same opinion of the ending as I do, although there must be someone out there that liked it, otherwise it wouldn't have been included?
This film has a 85% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 73/100 rating on Metacritic which are both very good ratings. I would recommend this film to anyone who wants to watch a feel good romantic comedy. While there aren't that many laugh out loud moments through the film, there is enough in the film to both keep you amused and also tug on your heartstrings. I do feel that the ending does really let the film down though, it would have been better had the film ended a few minutes before it did.
The XXL version DVD that I own contains 17 extra minutes of the film that wasn't seen in the cinema, and includes bonus features such as deleted scenes and a gag reel. Other extras include (bizarrely) waxing tips and Andy's fantasies. As the DVD is available on Amazon for as little as £1.50, I would recommend this DVD for your collection (if it's not already there, most people I know seem to own this DVD).
When me and my girlfriend first watched this movie a few years back, we absolutely loved it. There are a whole load of comedy's made by the many actors in this movie, but none of them got us laughing the way the 40 Year Old Virgin did. The idea although it now has been reused and burnt out, at the time this movie came out was a original and great idea.
The movie is pretty much what you would expect after hearing the title. It is Steve Carrel who plays the 40 year old virgin called Andy, Andy is a electronics store assistant, he has stayed away from women his whole life, due to a couple of bad experiences in his younger days. In fact he has stayed away from life altogether, choosing to collect a large selection of boxed toys such as action man, and play computer games in his hi-tech gaming chair.
After he starts to get a little closer to three guys who work in the store with him, they engage Andy into
after hours activities and start to pry into his life. Not in a bad way though, they become friends with Andy and feel for him and his situation, they make it there mission to get Andy laid. So that it is basically what this movie is about, Andy trying to meet women, and his friends pushing him along with the journey, whilst having some fun along the way.
Andy is shockingly terrible around the ladies and makes one hilarious mistake after the next, as he tries to find the right women. This movie as well as being really funny from start to finish, also has a great ending, with a little twist which is enjoyable and entertaining. The actors playing Andy's friends in the movie are Paul Rudd, Seth Rogan and Romany Malco, they are all familiar faces on the American comedy movie scene, and all three of them do a great job in this movie.
The actor who I thought really stood out was Steve Carell, as he pulls off a completely believable 40 year old virgin. the way he acts and carries himself in the move is exactly what I think a 40 year old virgin would act like, which is probably why it is so funny to me. The actors in this movie gel together well, and you can see they must have had a real laugh when making the film, although it must be said, the actors did have a easy job at getting a laugh with this, as the script is so well written.
It has one funny scene after the next, it is really entertaining and I thought it was a great movie to watch. There are a few rude bits in the film, not really sex scene's but sex talk, so not really for the little one's, I would say best to watch it when they are in bed. Some may be offended by the language, but for most I think it will be seen as some light fun, about a pretty serious subject.
I would seriously recommend this movie to anybody yet to watch it, it will have you chuckling all the way to the end.
The 40 Year Old Virgin is a laugh out loud comedy from Judd Apatow and stars Steve Carell as you guessed it a 40 year old virgin. He's a geeky character who collects action figures and has a poster of Asia. He has reached the point where he has just given up trying, until his friends at work find out and vow to help him lose his virginity, with hilarious consequences.
As well as Steve Carell other familar faces include Paul Rudd (Friends, I Love You Man) who has broken up with his girl friend but refuses to acknowledge it, Seth Rogen (Knocked up, Superbad) who is a bit of a waster, and Jane Lynch (Sue from Glee) Steve's boss, among others.
While the main subject of the film is sex the comedy the comedy is smart and funny and not too childish like other films that tackle the same subject. Its refreshing to see virginity through the eyes of a 40 year old than a teenager who likes to get drunk.
The main character is easy to relate to, even though he may be very different from some viewers. While we may not all be 40 year old virgins we can all remember when we were, be it a bit younger.
Highlights of the film for me include the 'You know how I know your gay' scene, and the musical number at the end of the film. Although the film is funny all the way through.
The great thing about DVDs from a Judd Apatow film is that you always get a ton of funny special features. As well as the usual deleted scenes and gag reel, you also get Waxing Documentry, about the scene where Steve Carell gets his chest waxed (which he did for real), and 'My dinner with stormy' where Seth Rogen meets the woman from Andy's dreams.
Overall this is a hilarious film and is one of my all time favourite comedies so I would highly recommend it
The 40 year old virgin stars Steve Carrell (Evan Almighty, Bruce Almighty) as Andy Fritz, who is a 40 year old man, and a total virgin, not even kissed a woman! He works in an electrical department store, much like a Comet store, with some hilarious and weird work mates including the hilarious, old Indian guy! Andy is also a big collector of comic book memorbilia, things like actions figures etc, and he lives alone, rides a push bike to work and thats pretty much his life. Well this is until Trish comes into the store one day, and Andy really takes a liking to her, and she seems to take a liking to him too. He dosen't want to tell her his "little secret" but he wants to be with her, so with the help of his friends, he manages to get in a relationship with her, but what happens when it turns to sex?
The film is actually quite hilarious, and after watching it many a time, I still laugh my ass off at it everytime. Some of the jokes in the film are just classics, and the Indian guy cracks me up everytime, he needs his own movie, for real! All the actors in the film give a great performance, and I think this is one of Steve Carells best movies, as he is actually a bit more different in this than he his in other movies, I do find him to be some what samey most of the time.
Some of the best scenes in this film include Andy meeting Trish's daughter in a very uncomfortable way, Andy chasing Trish on his push bike and any thing the Indian guy says! Truly is laugh a minute with this film, and I think most people would enjoy it. Even through the comedy, this film has a great story.
The film is rated a 15, as it does contain some bad language, partial nudity and major sexual references. If you are easily offended or against these sorts of things, then this film really is not for you! If you are looking for a film that will truly make you laugh your socks off, then this is it!
I remember the promotional campaign when this film was released. I never got around to watching it until it appeared on TV tonight. I decided to finally watch the movie I have heard so much about.
Steve Carell stars as Andy Stitzer, a forty-year-old virgin whose virginal status is revealed during a night out with his friends. Ashamed because he is being ridiculed by friends, Andy lets his friends give him advice on how to lose his virginity. The movie takes us on this journey as Andy learns how to exude more confidence, date, use protection, and start building a sexual history.
Some jokes feel natural but others are contrived. The natural jokes flow and made me chuckle. Others are based purely on stereotypes, so they flat on their faces. The virgin stereotypes are tired. Of course Andy is a loner. Of course Andy likes playing video games. Of course Andy hasn't been on a 'proper' date or had a long term relationship. I know this is comedic, not a factual documentary on modern virgins, but this stereotype still disappointed me. I can understand that he is frustrated, but the film could've addressed that there are virgins out there who are virgins because they WANT to wait.
Another one is the token black guy. Andy's friend is there just to bring in the usual black jokes. I am black and have never spoken to a black guy who refers to every woman as a b!t(h, uses the n-word whenever he can, knows people in jail, and of course calls black women 'hos' (a derogatory term that means a black woman is promiscuous). When Andy is taken to a nightclub, the music played was all by black singers and rappers. It is one big stereotype that fails every time. Even better, there are token Asians too! It seems like racist jokes are all right as long as it comes from another ethnic minority.
A great thing about Andy is that he not willing to lose his virginity to just anybody. This sets a great example to everyone that waiting for the right person is best instead of having sex for the sake of it. Even after forty years, twenty to thirty years after today's youth, Andy still seeks quality over quantity.
Another great thing about this film is the mocking of Andy when his virginity is revealed, because this is realistic in today's world. Virgins tend to keep their virginity a secret because society bashes people who lose their virginity 'too early' (thirteen and below) or 'too late' (around twenty-one and old). It would be nice if the film tackled this, but then again this is just a film for laughs not education.
The woman Andy chooses to be 'The (First) One' is not the usual female lead. I expected a white, blonde, blue-eyed singleton with the 'perfect' life, but Andy's lady friend has some surprises of her own. I really liked her character. She seemed realistic, so the actress did a VERY good job at portraying her character.
Finally, the film does not do the usual slapstick involving disgusting audiences instead of entertaining them i.e. mutated hand in Scary Movie and the cat using the toilet in Date Movie.
I recommend this film, but it is not as funny as I had hoped it would be. It does take a lot to make me laugh, so keep that in mind. The price should be pretty cheap by now, but I'm glad that I saw it for free on TV. I don't regret the time spent watching it, but I would've regretted buying it. I have no desire to see it again.
Ok well firstly forgive me for saying explaining this but the film is about a man who is 40, and yes you guessed it, he's still a virgin.
Andy works at his local electronics store as a salemans, he is a very strange middle aged man and has strange hobbies such as he still collects figurines. He doesn't go out much and his only real friends are the one at work.
One night when out with his friends from work they happen to find out that Andy if a virgin and then decide that they are going to help him "lose that". The film takes you through the group and Andy trying to loose his virginity and has some very funny moments.
The characters in the film are very good and funny, all the guys that Andy work with are also funny in their own way and involved in several of the comedy scenes. Andy is also introduced to a few female characters and the film takes you through his blossoming love with a women he meets who he would actually like to be 'the one'.
The film is very funny and original, it's not to be taken seriously but will give you a good laugh if you are in the right mood.
I watched this film at the cinema and thought it was so great that I also purchased it on DVD. If you would like to purchase this DVD you will easily find it for around £3 if you shop around a little.
4/5 for an original and very funny film
Andy has a job at the local electronics store smart tech, he is the usual geek character obessed with playing video games, has a large collection of collectable action figures but as a 40 year old man there is something that he has never done, he's never had sex.
Its not that he hasn't got close to a girl, its just he has been though many bad attempts when he was younger and then just gave up. We see quite a few scenes in where he looks back which are really funny.
After being invited to a poker game at work after hours by his workmates Cal (Seth Rogen), David (Paul Rudd) and Jay (Romany Malco) the conversation starts to lead to sex. He discovers that he can't hide the fact that he is a virgin any more from them (especially when describing the feel of a breast as like a bag of sand) and much to their surprise he tells them.
Jay then makes it his mission to help him get laid, by teaching him the ways of the world. He gets closer to his workmates and even gets a promotion. After their help he still hasn't got any closer to his goal and he has to find his own way of doing it.
After meeting single mum of three Trish (Catherine Keener) he strikes up a friendship with her and they go out on a date. After a very hilarious bedroom scene the two decide that they aren't going to have sex until 20 dates have passed. Will their relationship survive this, will he tell her she is a virgin and more importantly will he lose his virginity?
I love the way that his life is the life a 15 year old nerd would dream of, well apart from the virgin bit. He's just like a little kid in a mans body. This film always makes me laugh especially the things that his friends do to try and help him lose his virginity.
One of my favourite scenes is when he goes back to a womens house who he met at a bar, the results are hilarious. 'Did you have shellfish today?' My other favourite scene is when his workmates decide that he is too hairy and take him to get his chest waxed.
There is something about losing your virginity that makes you grow up (maybe not a lot, but just a little bit) just the fact that you have sex and realise that its something that normally gets done (maybe not if you're a nun) in your life and is never going to happen again. Its something that adults do and you realise that you've just joined their club.
I really liked the mix of the characters that work at smart tech, with David still being obsessed with his ex girlfriend from two years ago, Jay being a woman eater and Cal the stoner (One of Rogen's usual roles) and with the addition of Andy they all have their problems.
I love Steve Carell's performance in this film; he really fits the part of the geeky virgin really well. He provides a lot of comedy in this film and although most of the film is quite unbelievable as a story you really understand the character. You really connect with him and watching the film you don't want him to lose hid virginity in the ways that his workmates set up. He's waited this long you really want it to be a special moment for him.
Steve Carell plays Andy Stitzer in this hilarious comedy. Ive watched the film several times and still laugh out loud whilst its on. Andy works at Smart Tech alongside Paul Ruud and Seth Rogen, when you hear the cast in this film you know it cannot go wrong. Upon playing a poker night, Andys collegues discover that hes still a virgin after he discribes a womens breast as feeling like a bag of sand...to which they then make it their mission to help Andy lose his cherry. The gang then go to various bars and speed dating sessions to help Andy meet women. Andy is very shy and isnt confident at all, slowly but surely he gains the confidence to ask out a lady friend of his own Trish who runs the "We sell your stuff on ebay" store the sweet couple decide to "wait" whilst Andys confidence grows, along the way Andy and Trish eventually get married and finally consumate the marriage.
Steve Carell plays Andy Stitzer, the titular character of the film. He lives alone, with his extensive collection of action figures, plays a lot of video games, and has a framed poster of Asia - you know, that 80s rock band nobody really ever liked. He considers his life pretty decent, although he is neurotic and very socially awkward. He works in the stockroom of an electronics, and his coworkers (and closest thing to friends he has), are David (Paul Rudd), who is still distressed over the breakup with his girlfriend Amy; Cal, played by Seth Rogen, a stoner - and parttime novelist, and Jay (Romany Malco), a ladies man having issues with his girlfriend.
One day, after having invited Andy to poker (who turns out to be great, due to having spent a lot of nights playing online), the guys all begin to talk about their past sexual adventures. It becomes obvious that Andy is a virgin after his nervous stuttering while trying to describe a woman's breasts. After much denial, Andy rides home (on his bike, because he doesn't drive), but the guys vow to help Andy lose his virginity.
So what happens is exactly what you expect to happen. They take him to speed dating, parties, and even hire a prostitute for him but all end in hilarious ways. The story also involves a romantic interest, to which (Spoilers? Meh) Andy eventually does lose his virginity to. It's the ending you see coming, but it's the ending you want to happen. Andy's such a wonderful character you really don't want him to just cop out and have sex with the hooker.
I have to say Steve Carell is a really wonderful actor. He's managed quite a few roles but I particularly like how he played Andy. The character has such a childlike attitude to things, all the while being perfectly mature (more or less). He's an awkward teen when it comes to women and most of the comedy comes from fact that he is 40, and everyone around him has grown out of everything he's into.
The side characters are great, too. I love them. They all have their own kind of distinct personalities and their own ways of helping Andy. I particularly liked Paul Rudd's performance as the love-lorn David. Along with those I mentioned earlier are roles played by Elizabeth Banks, Jane Lynch and Gerry Bednob.
With great laughs and a pretty sweet story overall, 40 Year Old Virgin is a great watch from beginning to end
I was a bit concerned that this was going to turn out to be another 'American Pie' clone, but was pleasantly surprised to find this movie had more heart. The title kind of gives it away, so I won't go into that too much!
Steve Carell is our star, playing Andy, a slightly nerdy, yet likeable lead. He is well mannered and well meaning and working in an electrics store. When he is not trying to sell hi fis or televisions, he is mixing with his group of no hoper mates. You get the feeling this lot are going nowhere fast and Andy is desperate to get out of the cycle and find love. When Trish (Catherine Keener) walks into his life, Andy is besotted and must try and win her affections. Now the trouble is, Andy is not very experienced with women and a series of unfortunate episodes ensue, which knock their chances of success. Can Andy admit his secret to the woman he has fallen for, or will he go back to the humdrum life of his electric store and collecting action figures...
The film succeeds because it balances humour and romance very well. Carell plays the protagonist with sympathy and you are drawn to him quickly. Keener also makes a believable love interest and lights up whenever she gets screentime. As to be expected with Judd Apatow at the helm, there are a few embarrassing moments which are verging on the gross out, but it never oversteps the mark. The scenes at the electric store are the highlights, as Carell banters with his pals.
The pacing of the film is good, with a pleasing set-up, building to a rather satisfying conclusion. Carell gets excellent co-star support from Paul Rudd and Jane Lynch, both of whom turn in hilarious performances. It might be a cheesy film, but it will make you laugh and you'll be glad you saw it.
Not really sure why I haven't watched this before, as it's the sort of film I like. It's a comedy film, with adults in it, who all act like kids who don't want to grow up. You'll not be surprised to learn that the cast list includes a string of Frat Pack regulars such as Steve Carel, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen and Leslie Mann. In short, some of director Judd Apatow's favourite actors.
The clue to what the film is about is in the title. Andy works in the store house at an electronic goods store. When his friends realise that, despite being over 40, he's still a virgin, they try and hook him up and get him to lose his virginity. The film is full of geekiness, cringeworthy moments and a whole lot of crass and rude sexual dialogue. While there are a lot of scenes that try to have a sexual nature, it's normally in line with a comedy of errors, as the inexperienced Andy (Carel) tries to get laid for the first time!
It's the relative deadpan delivery of the lines from some of the cast that won me over here. Some of the films these guys bring out end up being a bit too forced, and while the often juvenile comedy that they bring out can often be one of the sources of the comedy, it's occasionally over the top. Here, however, they judge it just right, tackling the issue head on and creating some clever scenes in and around it. Including an on-off relationship with a mother of a teenage girl who is anxious to lose her own virginity, it's Carel's ability to act concerned yet confident while trying to keep his own virginity a secret. It made me stay riveted, anxious and concerned that any moment all hell would break loose when people start finding out.
If you're looking for something funny to watch that's going to amuse you, and if you know that you can cope with the subject matter with whoever you're watching it with, then this really is a film worth watching. With just the main storyline, it wouldn't be enough, but it's the dialogue between Carel, Rogen and the others that really make you laugh. Rogen and Rudd make a great double act as Carel's character Andy's closest friends, and their dialogue features the laugh out loud moments. This is interspersed with the scenes of Andy as he tries to develop some form of relationship and lose his cherry. Cleverly directed from Apatow.
The 40 Year Old Virgin is currently available from amazion.co.uk for £2.98. The XXL version does feature a few deleted scenes and extended playing that you would normally get on a version shown on TV in the first instance. It doesn't necessarily add anything special to it, but there are some funny extras, as you can imagine. These aren't particularly something to go and buy the DVD for, but the film itself is well worth having, and the price is good. Recommended.
This film released in 2005 was Steve Carrell's first lead in a film after a supporting part in films like Bruce Almighty and appearing the office on TV. I have to say that he is extremely funny and this film was a great laugh from start to finish.
A fairly simple story that is made brilliant by the actors and actresses that perform in it. Andy played by Steve Carrell is still a virgin at the age of 40 years old. One night at a poker game with fellow co-workers he lets it slip by accident and so begins the mission of the film to get Andy to have sex.
Andy has an easy job stamping invoices at an electronic superstore, a nice apartment and a great collection of action figures and comic books acquired over the years all in original packaging. But there's one thing he hasn't quite got round to doing yet that most people and friends his age have and that's have sex.
His pals at work go to great, hilarious lengths to sort the problem for Andy and so begins the journey of discovery. Along the way, and to make matters worse he meets a single mum who he falls in love with but she doesn't want sex for quite a number of dates.
The film is brilliantly funny throughout and Steve Carrell makes this lead role his own. There are other great performances from his co-workers at the store and other characters that pop up through this journey. Look out for an hilarious scene where he gets waxed and the speed dating.
This is a film I would definately recommend but possibly not for family viewing
note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room
Andy Stitzer (Steve Carell) is an avid fan of comic books and various geeky toys and action figures, and has a child-like fascination with the world, but this also means that no woman wants to go near him, and he is, as titled, a forty-year-old virgin. He works at an electronics store and lives a fairly unassuming life; his co-workers are David (Paul Rudd), who cannot get over his ex-girlfriend Amy (Mindy Kaling), the crass but amusing stoner Cal (Seth Rogen), and self-professed Dr. Love, Jay (Romany Malco). When a player drops out, they invite Andy to join their poker game, and after he turns out to be pretty good, they accept him into their clan, and of course, soon enough discussion rears about his sexual history, of which he has none. Baffled, his friends then try to help him get laid, deconstructing the tropes of the teen skin film in its stead.
Carrell is an absolute slam dunk in the lead role, and his loony, but sensitive performance, combined with Apatow's heartfelt direction and hilarious script, makes for a film that balances crudeness with intelligence and earnest intentions. For all of the rudimentary teen films about sex, here's one with a little more maturity and a little more insight, and well worth your time.
It is a touch overrated, particularly when you look at the rest of Judd Apatow's corpus of work, but one cannot doubt Apatow's talent here as it is growing. He combines some very adult humour with a poignant message, and it really works. This role was practically Carell's ordained birth right too, and he turns in yet another reliably hilarious performance.
** The Plot **
Andy Stitzer (Steve Carrell) is, as the title suggests, a 40 year old virgin. He is the classic "geek", having a fantastic collection of action figures that are still in their packaging and comic books. He works in an electronics store with some very odd, young guys, who, when they find out Andy is a virgin vow to help him! Obviously their ideas are not the best even to the point of Andy's boss offering to be his "special friend with benefits" if he wants. His friend's "help" often leads Andy into a lot of trouble and, for us, lots of laughs.
Whilst at work Andy meets Trish. Trish owns a store across the street called "We Sell your Stuff On Ebay". Andy and Trish immediately hit it off and start to date. Andy becomes increasingly worried about how he can tell Trish he is a virgin, when, luckily, they decide not to have sex until they have had their 20th date.
** My Opinion **
I was a bit stuck one evening and decided to see what was on TV, and there was 40 Year Old Virgin. I wasn't sure it would be to my taste as I really thought it would be a bit too much bloke humour for me. But I was wrong. Yes there is a lot of bloke humour but it really is in context with the film and is done in such a way that you can laugh at it if not with it.
There are some brilliant slapstick moments including a waxing scene which is definitely one to watch out for. Also some great banter provided by the co-stars including Paul Rudd.
Steve Carrell is fantastic as Andy. He is sweet and funny without being too pathetic that you get annoyed with him.
All in all this is a brilliant piece of comedy, something that made me laugh out loud which doesn't happen often I have to say.
Electrical store worker Andy Stitzer (Steve Carrel) is a kind hearted man with an embarrassing secret; he's a virgin. At 40 years old Andy has been waiting all his life to pop his cherry but unfortunately it's just never happened and the longer he wait's the harder it gets... literally!
When Andy accidentally lets slip that he's a virgin to some of his colleagues at a poker game they immediately mock him however they vow to get him laid by any means possible. They take Andy out for drinks and pretty much hand him a woman on a plate however Andy fails to do the deed. Then he meets Trish (Catherine Keener) a good looking middle aged woman with a family, could she be the one that Andy finally loses it to?
This is a film that I've loved ever since it was released and for me it's a film that can be watched over and over again. Usually I don't enjoy these sorts of comedies, I find they're too crude and idiotic for me and I like my humour to be a little more unobvious. Everything about this film told me that I wouldn't like it; it's all about sex so I assumed it was just going to be full of innuendos and lame gags, it features Seth Rogen who I hate with a passion and it's another in a long list of comedies directed and produced by Judd Apatow who's films I tend to steer clear of.
I think it's Steve Carrel that really makes this film what it is for me, I think he can be a hilariously funny actor given the right script. I've seen films starring him that have been extremely funny (Bruce Almighty) and then I've seen films where he's been given a useless script and in turn he comes across as a complete plank (Evan Almighty). Luckily Steve Carrel has a faultless script to work with and an adorable character to play. You can't help but fall in love with Andy, he's a typical nerd who collects action figures and is extremely neurotic however he's hilarious right from the start where you see clips off him waking up with morning glory and riding his old lady style bike to work. Andy is a brilliant character and never fails to make me laugh, if this were any other actor I wouldn't find the scenes half as funny; that chest waxing scene is a classic!
What annoys me about Judd Apatow's films is that he always follows the same format with the exact same cast, there's no real way to differentiate between his films which is part of the reason why I tend to stay away from them. The comedy that he uses in his films tends to revolve around sex and drugs and after seeing the likes of the diabolical Knocked Up, Superbad and Forgetting Sarah Marshall it's put me off his films for life. The 40 Year Old Virgin follows exactly the same format as his other inferior films; it's all about sex and it includes his usual batch of 'comedy' actors including: Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen and his wife Leslie Mann however there's just something about this film that makes it stand out as Judd Apatow's best comedy by far.
The relationship between Andy and Trish developed wonderfully well and it was great to see that she was willing to wait until he was ready. Ultimately the film is predictable though, when the guys try and set Andy up with the numerous drunk whores it's obvious that he's not going to sleep with them and instead he's going to meet the woman of his dreams however the enjoyment isn't in the predictability/unpredictability of it all, it's about the build up and the journey that Andy goes on which is both entertaining, funny and heart-warming.
The story is very relatable, I'm sure there aren't many 40 year old virgins out there but everyone knows how scary it is to lose their virginity and if you've waited until you're 40 it must be that much more nerve-racking. It really makes you sympathise with Andy and his struggle because although he's a bit of a nerd with not much of a social life he's still just a regular nice guy who wouldn't hurt a fly. The bonding that the men go through with Andy is brilliant to watch, from them first thinking that he's a serial killer to them deciding to help him lose his virginity is brilliant to watch and is something that any man will be able to relate to because the biggest topic that men love to talk about (apart from football) is sex!
These days so much pressure is put on losing your virginity, especially if you're a guy because if you haven't lost it by the time you hit 18 you're likely to be ridiculed by all your mates until you finally lose it. The 40 Year Old Virgin, in a way shows that it can ok to wait until you're ready however it still manages to stay true to life with Andy's fears and his colleagues ripping him to shreds over it. I'm glad this film didn't take an unrealistic approach and make everyone seem whiter than white.
I think the comedy is surprisingly docile for a Judd Apatow film, especially for a film that revolves around sex, there's both subtle comedy and in your face gags. This film is really outstanding for me because a lot of the gags in this film wouldn't make me laugh in others, the scene where Leslie Mann is drunk, driving her car home singing along to Missy Elliot had me in stitches which is much like the rest of the film. I was glad that the gags don't get too crude and over the top which was what I was expecting, there are a few jokes that let the side down, mainly involving that idiot Seth Rogen but the majority hit the right note and will have both men and women laughing their socks off.
I'd highly recommend this film to anyone who hasn't seen it, it's not likely to be everyone's cup of tea which could be said for every Judd Apatow film but this really is an exception to the rule when I say that all his films are dire! This is a film that appeals to both men and women and is highly worth a watch.
The DVD is currently available from play.com for £2.99.
The special features include:
Extended and deleted scenes
'Waxing Doc' featurette
'My Dinner With Stormy' featurette
Easter Egg (hidden feature)
Promotional trailers for 'The Skeleton Key' and 'Serenity'
Andy Stitzer (Carrel) is 40 and seems to have the perfect life- a proud collection of action figures, toys and comic books, cushy job at an electronics store, smart apartment, close friends and a good attitude. However, the one thing missing in his life, something that he hasnt gotten round to doing, something that most people his age are quite experienced in he has never ever had sex not even by accident. His mates see this as their job to help out their buddy and to lure him away from lifelong chastity, and when he meets Trish a 40 year old mother of three it seems to be the answer to all their plans.