The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)

You know what? I respect women! I love women! I respect them so much that I completely stay away from them!

— Andy Stitzer

It has been a while since I have seen Judd Apatow’s breakout movie, The 40 Year Old Virgin. I owned the unrated edition before I had to sell it. Boo. No matter how many times I watched this movie, I still get a kick out of it.

If you don’t know the premise of the movie, you should be ashamed of yourself. Stop reading this review now and watch this movie. For the rest of you, I will give you a refresher. Steve Carell plays Andy, an introverted that leads a solitary life with his gaming chair, painting small figurines and endless toys that have never been taken out of the box. He doesn’t have a car. He rides his bike to work at Smart Tech, which is like Radio Shack.

Andy doesn’t fit in with his co-workers, particularly with the womanizing Jay (Romany Malco), wound up Cal (Seth Rogen) and romantically forlorn David (Paul Rudd). As by some miracle, they invite Andy to a poker game after store hours that night. Andy playing online for hours at time gave the wherewithal to wipe the floor with them.

The conversation turns to sex when they relay horror stories about when Jay talks about the freaky shit he has done with his jump-off behind his girlfriend, Jill’s (Erica Vittina Phillips) back, a dog giving Cal anal-lingus during sex or David rambles on about making love to his ex-girlfriend, Amy (Mindy Kaling). When it comes to Andy, he tries to bullshit he way with a story and the guys call him out on it. It turns out that Andy is virgin. Their mission to get Andy laid. With Andy’s secret out, he is afraid that the whole store will know.

The next day, everything seems to be normal, but it’s normal. Everybody knows including the store manager, Paula (Jane Lynch). Andy wants to escape from the embarrassment. David tries to calm Andy down. Andy tells David about his failed attempts of getting laid. David wants to make it up to Andy by inviting him to be with the guys again with no pressure about having sex.

Jay doesn’t wanna hear that. He wants Andy to scam a sloppy drunk that is on the verge of passing out and Nicky (Leslie Mann) enters from a bachelorette party. Andy and Nicky seem to hit it off and leave together in her car. Things spin out of control real fast when she bobs and weaves out of traffic, crashing her car with another and blew chucks at him. The fellas have a chuckle afterward when Andy tells them.

Things were about to change when a customer, Trish (Catherine Keener) comes into the store looking for help for a VCR. They quickly disappear leaving Andy to deal with her. Andy convinces her to get a DVD/VCR combo; in turn Trish is a shop owner at a place called “We Sell Your Stuff on eBay Store”. She invites Andy to check out the store and gives Andy her number. The fellas go out a celebrate Andy’s first step in order to have sex. They try to loosen up his clean cut exterior. Will it impress Trish?

I thought the climatic scene between Trish and Andy was silly. How the hell did she get into his apartment? When Andy tried to call Trish a couple of times how come she didn’t know it was his number. She doesn’t have caller ID. The dance sequence at the end? Maybe that is nitpicking.

Judgment: There is a poignant story of love inside a raunchy comedy.

Rating: ****1/2

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Branden: I am just your average movie nut that reviews films. Gives his take on pop culture and Hollywood happenings. Dreams to have his own thriving website and make a living doing what he is passionate about.

Posted on March 22, 2010, in 2005, Comedy, Rauchy, Romantic and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. You picked my favorite quote from the film.

    And total agreement on the big fight between Trish and Andy it felt forced.

  2. Absolutely hilarious movie. The first I saw it, it was not all that funny, maybe I was not paying as much attention or was in the wrong mood because the second time had me in tears

    “You know how when you grab a woman’s breast… it feels like… a bag of sand”

  3. I LOVE this movie, and aside from Grandma’s Boy is probably my favorite comedy of the decade. I could do without the last fifteen minutes which slip into the typical love formula, even though the finale ultimately redeems itself, this is an awesomely awesome awesome flick!

    Great review Branden!

  4. mcarteratthemovies

    I was a fan of Steve Carell before this film, but it just made me fall harder … ‘specially that chest-waxing scene. Some of the best physical comedy I’ve seen in years!

    The cast as a whole was fabulous, with the Rudd-Rogen-Malco comedy just pouring on the laughs. And Jane Lynch is rapidly becoming one of my favorite comedic actresses working today.

    • I was unfamiliar with Carell before this movie and “The Office”. I think he did Anchorman before this. He was good.

      The chest waxing scene is even more hilarious in the deleted scenes. My goodness!

      I am in love with the Lynch. She’s on Glee and she is perfect.

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