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   THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN (2005) 

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CAST
Steve Carell
Catherine Keener
Paul Rudd
Romany Malco
Seth Rogen
Leslie Mann
Elizabeth Banks
Jane Lynch
Gerry Bednob
Shelley Malil
Kat Dennings

DIRECTED BY
Judd Apatow

PURCHASE


DVD




Time: 116 mins.
Rating: R
Genre: Comedy/Romance


SYNOPSIS: 40-year-old Andy Stitzer (Steve Carell) has done quite a few things in his life. 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. Nothing proves effective enough to lure Andy out of lifelong chastity until he meets Trish, a woman who complicates his quest even further.

BOTTOM LINE: While the concept of this film is fairly obvious, the execution is more clever, poignant and funny than it has a right to be. Much of that is due to the brilliant casting of Steve Carell as the man with the lack of sexual experience. It's not an easy role to pull off. Andy has to be genuinely sweet without being a complete dork and attractive enough to make you believe a woman like Trish would fall for him. Carell and Keener have a wonderful connection, filled with friendship and fire, that really anchors the film and raises it from just a raunchy comedy about getting laid.

Andy may be looking for love, but his friends (played by Rudd, Malco and Rogen) are every woman's worst nightmare. Their "help", though funny, only moves Andy further from his goal of finding Ms. Right. You'd think because he's older he wouldn't encounter the same pitfalls seen in most "losing it" comedies, but you'd be wrong and that's what causes the film to drag a bit in spaces. Yet whenever that happens, Carrell seems to find another gear, bringing another quirky but wonderful aspect of Andy to life. In the end, VIRGIN is a well-crafted character piece with real heart and a touch of romance – buried beneath a good deal of male sexual boisterousness. True ladies beware.




"From now on, your dick is my dick. I'm gonna get you laid."

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