The 40-Year-Old-Virgin (2005)
Now 7 years after the release of this witty and humorous film, it’s amazing how influential The 40-Year-Old Virgin has been on Hollywood. The 40-Year-Old-Virgin is the story of Andy (Steve Carell,) a very dedicated electronics store worker who reminds us all of the dorky kid from high school. He doesn’t own a car or have any friends. He hasn’t even… well, you know, read the title again. When a group of co-workers throw a poker game after work one night, they dig inside Andy’s mind and discover he is a virgin. They all take it upon themselves to get Andy a woman. But Andy is a virgin for a reason. He can’t talk to women nor has any charm, but when Andy meets Trish (Catherine Keener) at her “I’ll Sell Your Crap on Ebay” store, he decides he wants more than just to lose his virginity.
Making my personal top 100 list, the 40-Year-Old Virgin is the movie that changed the way comedies were presented to audiences in the mid-2000’s. Rather then dancing around the subject, this non-PC film uses raunchy dialogue and nasty jokes, but still has taste in a respectful way. The 40-Year-Old Virgin launched the careers of big names such as Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill practically overnight. This was Judd Apatow’s first major motion picture and he hasn’t slowed down since directing other such greats as Knocked Up and Funny People and producing others like Bridesmaids and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Jonah Hill wasn’t even credited as the guy in the eBay store who just wanted to buy the goldfish platform shoes in the store rather than online. And the moment I heard Seth Rogen’s horse story I was sold he would be a star. That’s not even addressing Steve Carell’s extremely humorous performance as the lead and placing him as a true movie star and not just for TV. Who can forget the famous chest waxing scene that makes us all shout “Kelly Clarkson!”
Other big name actors that took off after starring in the 40-Year-Old Virgin include Paul Rudd (Dinner for Schmucks, I Love you, Man), Jane Lynch (Glee), Elizabeth Banks (Zack and Miri, The Hunger Games), Kat Dennings (Thor, 2 Broke Girls) and Leslie Mann (pretty much anything Apatow makes since she is his wife). Anyone with a pulse needs to see this movie!
10/10 Stars – Only thing that could have made it better is if you could find a role for Jason Segel…
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