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The 40 Year Old Virgin

Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Romany Malco, Seth Rogen, Catherine Keener and Elizabeth Banks

Rated: R
Reviewed by: Tony  
Release date: August 19, 2005 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.

The 40 Year Old Virgin is proof that motion picture comedies can still be funny. Sadly, the kind of consistent humor offered here is just too rare! This is the movie Wedding Crashers might have been. Unlike Wedding Crashers which succumbs to cliche, The 40 Year Old Virgin keeps it up (no pun intended) for almost 2 hours.

Here, 40 something Steve Carell plays up the dork and turns to the geek as his Andy Stitzer, an inventory stocker at a Best Buy clone (I should know - inside joke) who is far more than shy.

Beginning his forth decade, he's a virgin, his salesman buddies David (Paul Rudd), Jay (Romany Malco) and Cal (Seth Rogen) are determined to cure him of his "illness." The candidates for the cure are either Beth (Elizabeth Banks) and or Trish (Catherine Keener). Andy finds Trish appealing but when it comes to anything remotely sexual, his nerviness takes over. Beth, on the other hand, is young, freaky and might be exactly what Andy needs.

Under the expert direction of Judd Apatow the humor flows smoothly. Most of the material is about sex, with some of the best bits involving a condom and his chest waxing to be sexy.

While we all see glimpses of ourselves in earlier years, we can respect the man who can admit to being a virgin and root for him to find true love and find his first experience enjoyable. When final copulation scene finally arrives, expect to laugh or have someone check your pulse!

While rated R for sexual content, nudity and language this is a great date flick as we've all been virgin at some time so we understand.

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