Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Stereotypical, but memorable
Movies about sex are found everywhere, and usually with a heading that says National Lampoon’s somewhere on the cover. Most of the time these are raunchy teen comedies that no one but them are actually going to want to sit down and watch. It is what they are going through at the time, so they can respectfully connect with what is happening on the screen. What you don’t usually see is this kind of movie…with middle-aged guys playing the leads. You can easily explain The 40 Year Old Virgin by saying it is a variation of the aforementioned film types, and it sort of is, but it does have a unique quality about itself.
Steve Carell plays Andy, a…well…forty year old virgin. So far, at this point, you know the title is at least relevant. Once his colleagues find out about his predicament, they set out to find Andy some mate(s) and fast. However, forty years of engrained pain and self-taught lessons proves to make their attempts difficult, even impossible. Things change, however, when Trish (Catherine Keener) shows up, sending vibes of love and attraction all up and down Andy’s spine. Will he use his newly acquired information to woo Trish, or will he just be himself to win her over? Find out these questions and many more in The 40 Year Old Virgin.
If you don’t know all of the stereotypes and clichés about virgins, if anything, this movie is definitely good on that. A virgin just means you’ve never had sex, but apparently to the filmmakers of this film, it means so much more. For example, apparently if you’re a virgin, you only ride a bicycle, have a collection of toys, play video games all day, stays away from cussing…yeah they made him more than a virgin, they made him a child. I guess symbolically speaking, it makes sense, because sex is considered a natural rite of passage for many, so if you weren’t able to fulfill that rite, then maybe you would somehow be psychologically connected to your own youth. I highly doubt that was on the filmmakers minds when filming this film though.
You can almost say this film is original, even though it’s really not. Think about it, how many movies do we really have about trying to get a title character laid? There’s a lot. However, like I have said before, middle-aged men in the title roles change everything. That really made this film memorable, and it really helped make Steve Carell’s career, so there’s not a whole lot I can get angry about there. I love Steve Carell, so I am grateful for this movie to give him a boost in the right direction.
The movie is practically an ensemble film with all of the actors, think about it. We have Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd, Romany Malco, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Elizabeth Banks, Leslie Mann, Jane Lynch, Kat Dennings, and Mindy Kaling for starters. We’ve all seen most of these actors multiple times, and we know they are great and we love to see them in anything. Jonah Hill was the only almost unrecognizable faces, because he was a lot younger than he is nowadays.
Now for the negatives, the movie is just way too long, for starters. Did The 40 Year Old Virgin really need to be practically 2.5 hours? I don’t think so, it’s just a normal movie, not an epic Peter Jackson flick. Next, the cussing does get out of hand, but you can pretty much expect that from the tone of the film. The nudity is only aggressive and all over the place if you get the unrated version, which this review is not based off of. Anyways, this was and always will be geared towards a specific audience, and for them, I think this film did all right. A lot of people will be appalled at it, but it is what it is. Check it out.