"Raunchy Sex Farce with a Sweet Center"
In THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN, a nerdy electronics store employee is goaded by friends to fornicate for the first time, but he falls in love with a woman and doesn’t know how to tell her he’s a virgin. Although the ending is uplifting and extols abstinence before marriage, the movie is full of shocking sexual discussion and over-the-top obscenity.
THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN shares territory with this summer’s WEDDING CRASHERS but isn’t quite as debauched and has a much more moral, sincere ending.
Andy Stitzer works at an electronics store, rides a bicycle to work and spends all of his money on action figure collectibles. He recounts to a coworker that the highlight of his weekend was the four-hour preparation of an egg salad sandwich. Some guys at the store take an interest in him upon discovering that he is 40 years-old and has never had sex. They teach him how to talk to women and take him to places where he might find one to seduce. Of course, Andy is a hapless learner and doesn’t have much success.
Quite accidentally, he meets a woman in the store named Trish, and she gives Andy her number. Despite the protestations of his friends who say that he’s not ready, Andy gathers the courage to ask Trish out on a date. It goes great, and soon they’re seeing each other every day. Conflict looms, however. When will Andy reveal that he is a virgin, and what will Trish think of him?
Steve Carrell, the writer and star, is best known from THE DAILY SHOW and has said in interviews that he is a devout Catholic and family man. While that influence might be lost in the movie’s first half, it’s quite evident at the ending, because Andy eventually ignores all the prodding from his friends and waits until marriage to have sex. The movie casts Andy’s decision in a desirable, admirable light. Indeed, one character says, “If you want to have a meaningful relationship, you have to leave the sex out of it.” Andy tells Trish that he’s glad he waited until age 40 to have sex, “just because I was waiting for you.”
The ending is extremely positive, and very hilarious. Unfortunately for media-wise audiences, there is a lot of trash to slog through before that ending. Sexual discussion is excessive, very frequent and would be shocking to many audiences. Also, note the foul language count, which is well over 100, including racial epithets and slang for genitalia. This is the kind of movie that feeds new kinds of immature, crass behavior to young people.
While there is no excuse for the over-the-top sexual content, 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN is slightly uplifted by its pro-marriage conclusion. Regardless, MOVIEGUIDE® readers won’t be amused by this comedy.
(B, C, PaPa, Cap, LLL, V, SS, NN, AAA, DD, MM) Light moral, redemptive worldview in which relationships and marriage are finally exalted above sex, man waits until he’s married to have sex despite prodding from his friends, and characters grow into more moral people, as well as freewheeling pagan viewpoint with much sexual discussion and activity, and capitalism extolled when man leaves obsessions and opens a store; 90 obscenities, many strong, nine profanities, eight racial epithets, lots of slang for genitalia, and very crude bathroom humor; car crash, man crashes on bicycle, painful chest waxing, and some jokes told with violent content; constant detailed sexual discussion, discussion of sexually deviant acts, man is visibly aroused under clothing, oral sex implied, graphic foreplay, men watch pornography, man solicits hooker for friend, dogs mate, and married couple has intercourse off-screen; upper female nudity once and again in pornographic video that plays in background, and rear male nudity; alcohol abuse and drunk driving; illegal drug use and references; and, heavy disrespect for women by viewing them as sexual objects, some racist jokes and lying to dates.
THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN is a raunchy sex comedy with a moral ending. Andy works at an electronics store, rides a bicycle to work and spends his money on action figure collectibles. Some guys at the store take an interest in him upon discovering that he has never had sex. They try to teach him to seduce women, but of course, Andy is a hapless learner. He hits it off with a woman named Trish, but the conflict looms: When will Andy reveal that he is a virgin, and what will Trish think of him?
Andy eventually ignores the prodding and waits until marriage to have sex. One character says, “If you want to have a meaningful relationship, you have to leave the sex out of it.” So the ending is positive, but there is a lot of trash to slog through before you get to it. Sexual discussion is excessive, very frequent, and would be shocking to many audiences. Also, the foul language count is well over 100, including racial epithets and slang for genitalia. This is the kind of movie that feeds new kinds of immature, crass behavior to young people.