The 40 Year Old Virgin

2005

The 40 Year Old Virgin

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Steve Carell's first star turn scores big with a tender treatment of its titular underdog, using raunchy but realistically funny comedy to connect with adult audiences.

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One man nervously ventures forth into the final frontier in this comedy starring comic actor Steve Carell. Andy Stitzer (Carell) is a cheerfully geeky guy who is settling into middle age with his large collection of comic books, action figures, and collectable models. Andy works in an electronics store, and seems reasonably happy with his life. However, one day his friends and co-workers David (Paul Rudd), Jay (Romany Malco), and Cal (Seth Rogen) discover that Andy has a secret -- due to his rather severe jitters around women, Andy is still a virgin. Andy's pals are appalled at this state of affairs, and set out to find a woman who'd be willing to get horizontal with him. After a number of disastrous dates, everyone thinks Andy has finally struck gold when he meets Trish (Catherine Keener), an attractive single mother who takes an immediate liking to him. What the other guys don't know is that Trish has just gotten out of a bad relationship, and has informed Andy she isn't ready to be intimate with him just yet. The 40-Year-Old Virgin was the first feature film directed by Judd Apatow, who previously served as a writer and producer for the well-regarded television shows Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared, and The Larry Sanders Show. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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All Critics (186) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (158) | Rotten (28)

  • Carell and Keener have nice chemistry that is missing in a lot of romantic comedies. But that relationship is surrounded by a very raunchy, yet funny, adult comedy.

    November 19, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The scatological skits are predictably outrageous, but it's the attention to detail that really pays off. The raucous buddy banter is packed with throwaway gems and Stitzer himself is given a touchingly real personality.

    April 26, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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  • Within its very mainstream, crowd-pleasing confines The 40 Year Old Virgin is actually a pretty enjoyable confection with a high gag quotient.

    November 1, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The 40-Year-Old Virgin knows what it's doing.

    February 1, 2018 | Full Review…
  • On screen that takes about one minute in the final consummation, but in the case of the 40-Year-Old-Virgin, the film, the audience gets screwed for 90 minutes straight.

    August 24, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Apatow's creative miscalculation here extends well beyond forgetting to give his characters much to do: He made a comedy that's just not very funny

    April 14, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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