The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)

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Goaded by his buddies, a nerdy guy who's never "done the deed" only finds the pressure mounting when he meets a single mother.


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28 March 2019 | AhmedSpielberg99
7
| Raunchy and heartfelt in equal measure!
It may feel overlong, sketchy, and familiar; but all this actually because of one single flaw, which is that the movie completely delivered itself to its message. Don't get me wrong, the message of the movie is one of its best merits (it's well-conveyed, and it makes the movie stand out from the rest of raunchy comedies). But when the plot ends up being completely driven by the moral of the story, you know that there is something wrong here. A lot of monotonous, stretched story-lines, and repetitive jokes made the movie feels as if it has overstayed its welcome. And I kept always wondering why a movie that felt so fresh and genuine, and also has a lot to say (considering its remaining running time and the almost flawless, extremely hilarious and intriguing first act and half of the second). I think I found the answer as the third act kicked off, which is to keep stretching the movie as much as it could until it reach the denouement, and hence delivers its message at the end. It ends up being pretty much a run-of-the-mill rom-com.

However, The 40-Year-Old Virgin completely deserves the cult status it has achieved. First and foremost, Judd Apatow pulled off a something seemingly impossible: a combination of a crude, gross-out comedy and a heartfelt, tender romantic comedy. While these two sub-genres didn't mix very well with each other, glimpses of each of both have managed to be consistent throughout the entire movie. That's largely due to the likable and unbelievably relatable protagonist, Andy, brought to life by an outstanding, star-making performance by Steve Carell, who revealed his massive talent, showing an impressive range he would latter become famous for.

All the secondary characters here have a reasonable depth that prove how this movie is really different from your typical gross-out comedy. They may be stereotypical after all, but the witty rude humor that came from them added an extra, and maybe interestingly contradictory, layer to all of them. I think all the performances are great, but Paul Rudd really stole the show.

Also the movie features a young Jonah Hill in a very funny cameo. I mean, what more could you ask for?

(7.5/10)

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Catherine Keener was the first choice to play Trish.


Quotes

Joe: Hey Andy! What's up, dude?
Andy Stitzer: Hey Joe. Hey Sara. How you doing?
Joe: When you gonna get a car?


Goofs

When Cal is telling Andy the horse story in the back room at Smart Tech in the beginning of the movie, you can see Radio Shack brand batteries hanging on the wall behind Andy.


Crazy Credits

"Michael McDonald -- you rock!" At the end of the thanks and acknowledgments. Michael McDonald is the singer whose video appears endlessly in the background at the Smart Tech store and threatens the sanity of its employees.


Alternate Versions

An unrated version of the film was released on DVD featuring additional and extended scenes. They include:

  • A heated argument between Jay and Mooj over a "poached" customer
  • An extended version of the poker game
  • An extended version of David's chat with Andy
  • An extended version of the scene where the guys take Andy to a bar
  • Andy sees sexy photos of women on magazine covers at a newsstand
  • A flashback featuring young Andy's struggle to remove a girl's bra
  • An extended version of the scene where Andy picks up Nicky
  • Andy imagines the star of the porno tape talking to him with his own clumsy sex talk
  • Paula tells Cal that she'd be willing to have sex with Andy
  • Additional footage shot for the speed dating scene
  • An extended version of the "You know how I know you're gay?" exchange between David and Cal.
  • Andy calls the customer service line for Viagra and the operator describes various ways to lose an erection
  • An extended version of the argument between Jay and a customer in which Andy gets involved
  • David sells a television set to a customer who enjoys the Michael McDonald DVD


Soundtracks

Satin Sounds
(uncredited)
Performed by
Dick Walter

Storyline

Plot Summary


Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Comedy | Romance

Details

Release Date:

19 August 2005

Language

English, Spanish, Japanese


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

Bee Canyon Park, Granada Hills, California, USA

Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,422,815 21 August 2005

Gross USA:

$109,449,237

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$177,378,645

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