HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Miserables, Les
Ritz, The
Patrick
Cemetery
Girls of the Sun
Princess and the Goblin, The
Skyfire
Upright
Incredible Kung Fu Mission
Dirty Cops
You Cannot Kill David Arquette
Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist
Son's Room, The
Evil Hits Evil
Agency
Blue My Mind
Thumbelina
Proxima
Aprile
Assassination Nation
Golden Key, The
Image Book, The
On Body and Soul
Unhinged
Eyewitness
Girlfriends
Danger Within
Rent-A-Pal
Battle in Outer Space
H-Man, The
Painted Bird, The
Finding Steve McQueen
Ropes
Five Easy Pieces
Peninsula
Nuclear
Queen of Hearts
Chinese Evil Technique
Primal
3 and a Half Kung Fu Girls
   
 
Newest Articles
Brevity is the Soul of Weird: Short Sharp Shocks on Blu-ray
Get Your Ass to Mars: Total Recall on Blu-ray
Call the Professionals: Le Cercle Rouge on Blu-ray
When There's No More Room in Hell: Dawn of the Dead on Blu-ray
The Butterfly Effect: Mothra on Blu-ray
Living Room Theatre: Play for Today Volume 1 on Blu-ray
Didn't He Do Well: The Bruce Forsyth Show on DVD
Blood Wedding: The Bride with White Hair on Blu-ray
The Inhuman Element: The Ladykillers on 4K UHD
As You Like It, Baby: Breathless on Blu-ray
Stargazing: Light Entertainment Rarities on DVD
Down to the Welles: Orson Welles Great Mysteries Volume 2 on DVD
Herding Cats: Sleepwalkers on Blu-ray
Confessions of a Porn Star: Adult Material on DVD
They're Still Not Sure It is a Baby: Eraserhead on Blu-ray
Werewolves are Real: Dog Soldiers on Digital
Rose: A Love Story - Producers April Kelley and Sara Huxley Interview
Phone Phreak: 976-EVIL on Blu-ray
Living the Nightmare: Dementia on Blu-ray
Becky and The Devil to Pay: Ruckus and Lane Skye Interview
Big Top Bloodbath: Circus of Horrors on Blu-ray
A Knock on the Door at 4 O'clock in the Morning: The Strangers on Blu-ray
Wives of the Skies: Honey Lauren Interview
To Catch a Thief: After the Fox on Blu-ray
Tackling the Football Film: The Arsenal Stadium Mystery on Blu-ray
   
 
  40 Year Old Virgin, The Better Late Than Never
Year: 2005
Director: Judd Apatow
Stars: Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd, Romany Malco, Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Leslie Mann, Jane Lynch, Gerry Bednob
Genre: Comedy, Sex, RomanceBuy from Amazon
Rating:  6 (from 3 votes)
Review: Thank God, or the studios, or handful of funny people, for the return of the R-rated comedy. A comedy not aimed, over-marketed and watered down for disposable spending teens who don’t need story, characters with actual funny lines spurting from their mouths to enjoy a film. The 40 Year-Old Virgin supplies more funny jokes, straight up guys’ banter and riotous sex talk than a drug store full of condoms. Seeing this film may be like a virginal experience for those who have lacked a more adult comedy.

The title does speak volumes, but like a reading a condom label many elements aren’t always so obvious. Here the comedic tale slides inside the world of electronic store stock room clerk Andy Stitzer (Steve Carell) who just hasn’t managed to “do it” in four decades. Like good sex, when the film goes up it stays it and on top of its game for long periods. The strategically placeD downs occur, but not enough to slow down this locomotive.

The engineer for this train - Andy Stitzer. Why wouldn’t women just fall for a guy who rides a bike (not a motorcycle), collects action figures and plays video games? His co-workers, aghast at the thought of him not enjoying life’s simple pleasure, take him on a well intentioned though misguided tour that runs from singles bars to speed dating encounters. Along the way, he meets a bevy of assorted women, with only Trish (Catherine Keener) as an eBay selling story owner, truly capturing his heart – as well as other vital organs.

It comes as no surprise that first time director Judd Apatow remains a fan of the R-rated films of the late seventies and eightes like Animal House and The Jerk. Those films, like Virgin, don’t end up being all that dirty but they aren’t sanitized either. They offer some loveable shmuck who, despite his flaws, succeeds to fulfill his quest. In Virgin, Apatow cleverly surrounds Andy with a talented group of escorts. Not those kind. The ones like Seinfeld. In Virgin, Jerry resides in the eye of a comedic, offbeat, flawed cyclone of friends.

The film maintains a fast and hard pace, and like any stud keeps a steady pace with jokes and witticisms at every turn. Apatow gets great performances from even his bit players. The underrated Catherine Keener punches up potentially lackluster sentimental love scenes with her great timing and reactions. Much of the appeal lies with Carell (who became known initially for his mock stoicism news correspondent reports on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart), whose innocent baby face features and his ability to create funny situations even from the most mundane situations.

The film does contain its share of dick jokes, gay remarks and racial humor but they just flow within this freaky world. Apatow and Carell, who co-wrote the script, rely more on punchy lines than sight gags. This elevates the film above the humdrum teen sex romps that rely on silly sight gags rather than creative dialogue and jokes. Definitely the funniest film this year so far, Virgin offers a lot of body parts, but upon leaving the theater you’ll realise, with a big smile on your face, that the film has lots of heart.
Reviewer: Keith Rockmael

 

This review has been viewed 9927 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
Paul Smith
  Lee Fiveash
  Mick Stewart
Enoch Sneed
  Dsfgsdfg Dsgdsgsdg
   

 

Last Updated: