The 40-Year-Old Virgin—Yeah
by The Maven and The
40-Year-Old Virgin is Judd Apatow's directorial debut.
Previously, he has written and produced “Freaks and
Greeks” an wrote for “The Larry Sanders Show.” Judd
co-wrote The 40-Year-Old Virgin with Steve Carell, who
stars as the delightfully repressed Andy Sitzer.
Steve first caught our attention on “The
Daily Show” and went on to co-star in such films as
Bruce Almighty and Bewitched. Steve drew his inspiration
for Andy from a character he created at Second
Andy Sitzer is a tenderly polite,
man-child who works in a stockroom of an electronics
store. He wears neat (not the cool neat) polo shirts,
has very tidy hair, and rides a bike (not the motor kind
either). Are you getting the picture here? To say he is
a nerd would be insulting to nerds. His obsessively neat
home is filled with action figures, comic books, video
games and monster models. Andy has become what every
male teenager fears will happen to him and more! The
secret Andy has been keeping comes out when he attend a
poker game with his coworkers. As guys often do, they
are bragging about their bedroom exploits and Andy joins
in with a really stupid comment. The others fasten in on
him and discover that he is a VIRGIN?! While they are
all laughing, as if this is some hysterical joke, you
see the embarrassment and shame Andy feels. The story
takes off from there as his newfound “buddies” decide to
clue him in on the world of women. So starts his
education about porn, speed-dating and hooking up with
DRUNK girls. Unfortunately, the word is now out at work
about Andy's arrested development and he also has to
contend with attention of the stores owner, Paula,
played by Jane Lynch (Best in Show and A Mighty Wind).
Andy's work buddies are David, portrayed
by Paul Rudd (Clueless and Cider House Rules), who is a
sensitive guy with suppressed rage at his ex-girlfriend.
Jay is the common sense guy, played by Romany Malco (The
Tuxedo and Churchill: The Hollywood Years). Cal, played
by Seth Rogan (Donnie Darko and Anchorman) is the
ladies’ man with all the answers.
Andy's new buds don't really get him what he needs. He
does that all on his own when he meets Trish, portrayed
by the wonderful Catherine Keener (The Ballad of Jack
and Rose and The Interpreter). She is the
relationship-experienced woman who works across the
street and is attracted to Andy's innocence.
While the trailer for this film does show
you most of the hilarious scenes, there are still some
you’ll be surprised to see. What the previews do not
show is that this movie has heart and is not just an
excuse to explore a one-dimensional theme of suppressed
sexuality. For Andy, all good things really do come to
those who wait!
Blonde: WELL, this is a topic that I personally have
never experienced?! This film was like NO man I have
ever been with meets American Pie meets 10 meets
Something about Mary meets Animal House. I actually
thought this was a cute film. I do however, think I
would have enjoyed it a whole lot more if I didn't
stupidly allow my young daughter to see it too! I was
cringing and worried the whole time. This was a big
PARENT mistake. Here, I worry about her surfing
television stations and the Net, when this movie alone
blew the whole over protective parent thing I had going!
Moving right along, I loved that Andy was not just a
nerd and a virgin but was sweet, funny, and had many
unique dimensions to his character. I don't see anyone
else pulling this film role off. Okay, maybe Ben Stiller
could have done it as well. Steve has such a low-key,
unique comedic style. He is real just by showing up.
He’s adorable and possesses that old-fashioned style of
comedy. In addition, I also love Catherine Keener. Her
work is honest, real and believable. Her face is perfect
for portraying any modern woman. You accept her acting
whether she is in a comedy or a serious drama. She can
carry it all off. Mav, speaking of carrying it off, have
you ever been with a virgin at ANY AGE?
Maven: No, but I do love to corrupt, so I would relish
the opportunity. Andy is such a great character that you
don't mind his lack of experience.
Blonde: YOU WOULD, if YOU dated him!
Maven: What I enjoyed most about the film was the way
Andy's new male friends handled the knowledge of his
lack of sexual experience. They didn't humiliate him
with inane jokes; they vowed to rectify his situation.
It is THEIR attempts that add the silly humor to the
film. Steve Carell plays Andy as a lonely, socially
awkward guy who is very aware of how strange his
situation is and painfully ashamed of it.
Blonde: I think you and I should start a foundation to
help these types of men! You sound so into the process!
Maven: Wow, you’re right! This sounds like a great theme
for a new reality show! Don't you think there is a void
in GOOD reality
Blonde: AHH NOOOOO! Ah contraire… I think reality T.V.
is totally out of control. When shows like, “Being Bobby
Brown,” “Tommy Lee Goes to College” and “Battle of the
Reality Television Stars” are all the networks can come
up with, this is why I LOVE THE MOVIES! However, the one
thing I DID LOVE watching on television was the
commercial with Cindy Sheehan, the lady whose son died
in Iraq. Loved it! Just loved it!
Maven: I was appalled that Howard Kaloogian, founder of
the “Move America Forward” movement, has the audacity to
place blame on Cindy that Iraqi terrorists will use her
words as encouragement to topple the current
administration and allow more of our soldiers to die.
They wouldn't be dying if they weren't sent there in the
first place by this administration! Of course, Cindy
wouldn't have gained so much press if George hadn't been
taking a 5-week vacation!
Blonde: Are you still wallowing in that? I personally
think he should have taken a 5-year
The Maven: He did, just ask
Cheney and Rumsfeld!
Blonde: OOOOHHH, GOOD ONE! ARE WE BEING POLITICAL HERE,
CAUSE, IF WE ARE, I HAVE SOOO MUCH MORE TO
Maven: No, go back to the film.
Blonde: Oh please, just let me just get into gas prices.
OR, How about global warming, which is now causing
endless hurricanes to occur!
Maven: NO! NO! NO!
Blonde: Well then, can we at least talk about Madonna,
and how she is recovering from her broken collarbone,
three broken ribs and a broken hand?
Maven: FINE, go back to gas prices!
Blonde: COOL, my car now costs $67 to fill up the tank.
To save money for gas, I had to break up with this guy
I'm dating in Texas!
Maven: WELL, President Bush is one of the most traveled
Presidents in U.S. history. Do you think he will cut
down some of his travels now?
Blonde: I don't know, but I think the people he is
traveling to visit might hope so! I forgot, what
film should we be talking about now?
Maven: Catherine Keener was perfect for the role of
Andy's love interest. Her chemistry with Carell allows
the romantic territory to be as effective as the raunchy
stuff. I especially applaud the choice of a woman around
age 40 instead of paring Carell with a 20- to
Blonde: Even though Carell currently has his own
television show (“The Office”), I do believe Carell's
career will soon take him away from television as has
exploded into the world of films. I have a feeling we
will be seeing an awful lot of him in cinema.
Maven: As usual, you are correct! Carell is currently
working on the script for the Get Smart movie, where he
will portray Maxwell Smart.
Blonde: His face is like putty. He is truly an 'acting
chameleon'! Can we go back to politics
Maven: This film isn't going to be for everyone. It is
very sexually suggestive, so BE WARE of letting YOUR
teens under the age of 18 view it (BLONDE!). Some of the
humor is raunchy, like vomit, urine, and other fluids
kind of stuff. Putting that aside, The 40-Year-Old
Virgin is very funny, endearing, and quite romantic. I
rate it a B+ for a belly full of laughs.
Blonde: Romantic? You think this film was romantic?
Readers, TRUST ME, this film was NOT what Harlequin
romance novels are written about. However, it was funny
and quite sweet at times. It has a nice friendship
storyline running through it as well. I rate this film a
B. I recommend for your movie snacks some Jelly Bellies
to go with the laughter that the Maven guarantees. SEE
YOU NEXT WEEK!
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