THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN
Raunchy Sex Farce with a Sweet Center
Release Date: August 19, 2005
Starring: Steve Carell, Catherine
Keener, Paul Rudd, Romany
Malco, and Jane Lynch
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Rating: R for pervasive sexual
content, language and some
Runtime: 114 minutes
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Director: Judd Apatow
Executive Producer: Holly Bario, Steve Carell,
Mary Parent, and Jon Poll
Producer: Judd Apatow, Shauna Robertson,
and Clayton Townsend
Writer: Judd Apatow and Steve Carell
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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.
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.