The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
Starring Steve Carrell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd, Romany Malco, Seth Rogan, Elizabeth Banks, Gerry Bednob, Leslie Mann and Amelia Earhart.
Directed by Judd Apatow.
Andy (Steve Carrell) is forty years old, lives alone, collects action figures, plays a lot of video games and rides a bicycle to work. He is employed at SmartTech, a Circuit City-esque home theater store, where he works in the stock room with Cal (Seth Rogan). Andy is also a virgin, due largely to some very unlucky encounters with the fairer sex as a young man. Once his co-workers learn if Andy’s “inexperience,” they embark on a crusade to rectify what they consider an egregious and wholly unprecedented situation.
The 40 Year Old Virgin is laugh-out-loud funny, surprisingly touching, and unrelentingly crass. It is also not what I was expecting. See, I was thinking it would be the same type of humor as There’s Something About Mary: absurdist and adult-oriented, but never quite jumping feet-first into Lake Obscene. Laura was expecting the same thing and I believe she was put off by the reality. Me, not so much.
That said, The 40 Year Old Virgin didn’t quite live up to the hype. As funny as it was, there was still something missing, and I can’t quite put my finger on it. There are scenes that I could watch over and over, but I don’t know that I’d really want to watch the movie in its entirety again. A fine example of a scene I’ve watched multiple times is one in which Andy’s co-worker, Mooj (Gerry Bednob), explains that life is about people and children and connecting, and not about… well, a lot of other things that aren’t suitable for a semi-family-friendly weblog. It’s a stunning stream of obscenity delivered by an elderly Indian man and it almost makes me squirt whatever I’m drinking out of my tear ducts every time I watch it. That just ain’t right.
Similarly, the shock value of the chest-waxing scene makes it worthy of repeat viewing. If you’ve seen the trailer, I will say that Andy yelling “Kelly Clarkson” is the only piece of the scene that would be viable for a G-rated trailer.
Unfortunately, having a few very enjoyable scenes does not necessarily make a very enjoyable movie. The 40 Year Old Virgin can’t decide whether it wants to be a balls-to-the-wall crudefest or a tenderhearted love story so it tries to be both. I just don’t think it quite succeeds.