Director: Judd Apatow
Starring: Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul
Rudd, Romany Malco, Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Leslie Mann
RunTime: 1 hr 56 mins
Released By: UIP
Official Website: http://www.the40yearoldvirgin.com
Date: 6 October 2005
Andy Stitzer has done quite a few things in his lift. He’s
got a cushy job stamping invoices at an electronics superstore,
a nice apartment with a proud collection of action figures
and comic books, good friends, a nice attitude. But there’s
just one little thing he hasn’t quite gotten around
to doing yet –Andy’s never, ever, ever had sex
– not even by accident. His buddies consider it their
duty to help Andy out of this dire situation and go to great
lengths to help him. But nothing proves effective enough to
lure their friend out of lifelong chastity until he meets
Trish (Catherine Keener), a 40-year-old mother of three.
always something special with the first time.
have already had the classic “American Pie” which
contains hilarious madcap adventures of four teenagers trying
very hard to lose their virginity and now we have this movie
that touches on the same Holy Grail in life: having sex for
the first time. Except Andy (Steve Carell) is no longer a
teenager and as the title of this movie suggested, he is already
a 40-year-old guy who (*gasp*) has not tried the legendary
is seemingly ok with being a virgin and had somewhat comfortably
settled down into a lifestyle of toy collecting and computer
gaming without any real social life at all (unless you count
watching “Survivor” with two elderly neighbors
life took a life-altering turn when his colleagues invited
him to a game of poker and while exchanging sexual experiences
over the gambling table, Andy blurted out an embarrassing
and obvious truth: the truth that Andy had zero experience.
where the story gets “juicy”. Although Andy’s
colleagues are ever-ready with all the advice and help, they
are not exactly the slickest in the field. Their well-intentioned
coaching tips on hitching up with a girl resulted in rounds
of funny and painful events including targeting of drunk females
and going for chest hair removal, causing plenty of awkward
and humorous moments for our hero here.
golden scene would be the “de-hairing” of Andy’s
chest hair. For that particular scene, Steve Carell had his
real chest hair literally ripped out! The director’s
reason: to capture the authentic moment of pain and to tell
the truth, those expressions are simply priceless.
many of his Saturday Night Live (SNL) seniors, Steve Carell
is moving into the big time and The 40 year old Virgin showcases
his ability to do so. While his take on comedy differs from
the other wacky slapstick that many of the SNL folks are famous
for, he brings it on his own distinct warm and wholesome flavor
that could prove to be very endearing. Halfway through your
movie date, even you will be rooting for him to get laid.
the film didn’t just dwell on one running gag of the
virginity issues over and over again. It also highlighted
the different issues in relationship such as cheating, letting
go after breakup and making the sometimes painful adjustment
for another person to come into your life.
adjustment of personal space for the spouse was reflected
by the relationship of Andy and Trish (Catherine Keener).
In the desperate midst of getting laid, Andy met his perfect
girl: a shop owner who works across his workplace. However
Trish is already the mother of 3 and in order to set a good
example against promiscuity for her daughters, they had to
delay that special first time for Andy even longer.
most painful adjustment came about when Trish tried to get
Andy to sell his toy collection in order to start up a business
on his own. As a collector myself, I can testify that situations
like this really do take place and it makes you wonder, how
much of yourself are you willing to sacrifice for that special
I personally do not find the actress Catherine Keener exactly
visually attractive here (there were other potential dates
for Andy before Trish that was so much more attractive), the
chemistry that she managed to build with Steve Carell made
the blossoming relationship between Andy and Trish believable.
one’s virginity has never been as memorable or difficult
as Andy’s quest. Without a doubt, this is the next best
comedic performance after American Pie to touch on losing
one’s virginity. Catch it when it’s released.
of the Best Comedy of 2005!)
by Richard Lim Jr