Let me begin by saying that "40-Year-Old Virgin" was directed by the brilliant Judd Apatow, the man behind "The Larry Sanders Show," and "Undeclared." Now you know the mindset of the romantic comedy about a man who reaches the age of forty without ever having sex.
Steve Carrell ("Bruce Almighty") is Andy, a 40-year-old man who leads a fairly conventional life. He has a nice apartment, a good job, and a great group of friends. There are a few things that are unusual about Andy. Since he never learned how to drive, he rides his bicycle everywhere. He is obsessed with his extensive toy collection. Oh, and he's a virgin. His virginity is a well-kept secret until one night while sitting in as a substitute at a poker game, Andy is put on the spot when the guys in the group begin sharing raunchy sex stories. Obviously making up his pathetic story as he goes along, Andy is inadvertently outed as a virgin, and it is immediately decided that he needs help. After a few botched attempts at sex years before, Andy had given up on it altogether and so has no skills in charming women.
So begins the quest to deflower Andy at whatever cost. His friends, David (Paul Rudd), Jay (Romany Malco), and Cal (Seth Rogen), give Andy lots of bad advice, pair him up with all the wrong women, and even take him to a speed dating session, where he meets loads of nutty women. Eventually, Andy realizes that he actually has feelings for the woman who works at a store across from him. Her name is Trish, played by Catherine Keener ("The Interpreter"), and she truly cares for Andy but has baggage of her own that may prevent them from pursuing a romance. Andy also discovers something important about himself: he is okay with the fact that he is a virgin.
"The 40-Year-Old Virgin" is a surprise. Appearances certainly make you fear that the film will be cheesy at the very least, but it isn't. Steve Carell is hilarious and has impeccable comedic timing. The supporting cast is great, especially Catherine Keener, who has the tricky job of creating a character that we actually hope will deflower Andy. There is a message in this movie, but be forewarned: it is the humor that stands out. Jokes big and small are abundant in this film, and nearly all of them are crude even for the more seasoned ears. This movie certainly earned it's "R" rating, so be careful if your date for movie night has "virginal" ears.
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*Cool Fact: Steve Carell is a multi-talented man; he also helped to write the screenplay for the film.
*Songworthy: "I Ran" - A Flock Of Seagulls *Come on, remember this one?