The 40 Year Old Virgin

Were we the last people in America to see The 40 Year Old Virgin&#185? We’ve seen it now!

Other than getting the newspaper and picking up the mail, I didn’t leave the house on Saturday. Helaine wasn’t far behind. Tonight, with little going on and both of us in pajamas, I asked if she wanted to see a movie?

We had never ordered a pay-per-view film before. I hit the big ‘money button’ on the remote control and scrolled through the titles. There’s a lot of garbage available. In fact, the percentage of crap is astounding, especially when coupled with the fact – someone wants you to pay for it!

We got to the “T”s before there was one movie we’d even consider watching. Helaine said “The 40 Year Old Virgin” was supposed to be funny, so we gave it a shot. The $3.99 we paid seems reasonable versus what it would cost to rent a DVD.

It was certainly a lot more convenient.

There’s plenty to like about this movie. The cast was excellent, starting with Steve Carrell and working down. But let me start where the credit belongs – the writing.

On many occassions Carrell and Judd Apatow’s script could have easily turned Andy, the title character, into a stereotype. Instead, at each fork in the road, Andy establishes himself as multidimensional and human. It’s a neat trick, and though some of his personality traits are unexpected, it works.

Andy, a stock clerk at a Circuit City type store, reveals his lack of sexual experience while playing cards with the guys. The movie is his journey out of virginity.

This is a real ensemble cast with five or six solid performances by characters that aren’t written paper thin. I particularly like Seth Rogen (the tattoos were ‘special effects’), Romany Malco and Paul Rudd as his co-workers and Catherine Keener as Trish.

Until last week I had no idea who Catherin Keener was. Then I saw Death To Smoochy, where she had a large supporting role opposite Edward Norton. She was very good last week and just as good this week.

If you were watching TV any time around the release of the movie, you probably saw a clip of the scene where Steve Carrell has his chest waxed. The word is, his pained expression… his pain actually… was real.

It was hysterical, but I am such a wimp I had to look away.

I enjoyed Carrell on The Daily Show and in Anchorman. This was far better and he is a fine comedic actor. I haven’t seen The Office, his show on NBC. I guess I have to now.

My guess is, in time this movie will be considered a classic. Honest. Is that too much to predict?

There is some nudity and explicit sexual content. If my daughter has seen this movie, I’d rather not know.

&#185 – Actually, no more than two minutes ago, my friend Farrell said he hadn’t see it either. He is in England at the moment, so we very well may be the only people in America not to have seen it.

6 thoughts on “The 40 Year Old Virgin”

  1. Jeff,

    I’m the 3rd person in America not to see it yet. Now I will have to run to the video store so I can check it out as well! I’ll be putting the kids to bed early tonight.

  2. I actually saw this film when it was in the theaters last summer, because I am such a huge Steve Carell fan from The Daily Show and The Office (which you do indeed need to see, it’s great). It’s not the type of movie I generally go for — I walked out of There’s Something About Mary, for example — but I was very pleasantly surprised by it. And yes, it is hilarious.

    Catherine Keener is brilliant. You simply must see Being John Malkovich for a myriad of reasons, not the least of which is that she’s in it.

  3. I would definitely second the motion to see “Being John Malkovich” — except that you really didn’t like “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”. They share the same screenwriter.

    Personally, I loved both movies. For all the odd plot tricks there were in “Eternal Sunshine”, there are perhaps more in “Malkovich”. I can’t really say whether the “meat” you were missing in “Eternal Sunshine” is there or not.

    Talk to friends who had the same problems with you about “Eternal Sunshine” and see if they like “Malkovich”.

    In addition to Keener, “Being John Malkovich” has a wonderful cast including John Cusack, Cameron Diaz (not playing a typical Diaz role), and a brief appearance by… John Malkovich.

  4. Maybe I need to see Eternal Sunshine a few more times. My daughter has now said she enjoys it, but she has watched it over-and-over with her college roommate.

    When it first came out, I went with a friend to see Woody Allen’s Love and Death. Neither of us liked it, but we assumed that was our fault. so we saw it again the next night, and though it wasn’t a classic, we liked to better the second time.

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