Movie Review: The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)
Hip hip hooray! Hip hip horray! I’ve waited patiently for a good comedy to come along and make me laugh. And since Hollywood hasn’t done much of a job coming out with anything worthwhile for quite sometime, I decided to pin my hopes on gut-wrenching adolescent humor on The 40 Year Old Virgin. I wasn’t disappointed.
Fucking finally! A movie that rivals the likes of Animal House, Porkys, Office Space and Clerks (among others) has come along. Let me just say it, “The 40 Year Old Virgin is a fucking funny movie.” The wife and I sat down and literally laughed our asses off for 116 minutes. Even the damned credits are funny!
Here’s the overview: the movie focuses on Andy Stitzer (portrayed brilliantly by Steve Carell of The Daily Show fame), a 40 year old virgin who is under mounting pressure from his ridiculous friends (each of whom have their theories on getting bitches) to pop his cherry. Each attempt is outrageous and funnier than the prior one . . . culminating with the ‘moment’.
The movie is perfectly cast. David (Paul Rudd) is a sentimental dickbag in love with his ex-girlfriend and tries to live his conquests through Andy. Jay (Romany Malco) is the over-the-top ‘pimp’ friend who tries to teach Andy how to score him some hood rats. Cal (Seth Rogen) is the freakish friend who tries to get Andy into the zany sex world. They each try to take Andy under their wing and each of their attempts fail – not just fail but fail exceptionally! Every one of us have had a friend or two like one of these guys. Shit, I still talk to a few of them now and again (and amazingly they still haven’t changed!).
And believe it or not, I can’t think of a single scene in the movie that didn’t work. The very beginning of the movie is a riot (you’ll appreciate it if you are a man). The scene where Andy is getting his chest waxed will be remembered as an all time great comedy scene. I simply could not stop laughing. The pissed off Indian guy is priceless. Hell, I laughed so hard during some scenes that my fucking head hurt!
I cannot recommend a movie enough. If you need to laugh (and so many of us do), you’ve simply got to watch The 40 Year Old Virgin. If possible wear a diaper, cos I suspect you will piss your pants. And if you can watch it with a few friends and a few beers — do it. Laughter is contagious and my guess is that everyone in the room will be sick with it.