The 40-Year-Old Virgin

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40-year-old Andy Stitzer has done quite a few things in his life. He’s got a cushy job stamping invoices at an electronics superstore, a nice apartment with a proud collection of action figures and comic books, good friends, a nice attitude.

But there’s just one little thing he hasn’t quite gotten around to doing yet–something most people have done by his age. Done a lot. Andy’s never, ever, ever had sex–not even by accident. So is that such a big deal? Well, for Andy’s buds at the store, it sure is.

Although they think he’s a bit of an oddball, there’s certainly a planet full of stranger (and homelier) guys who’ve at least had one go at having a go.

They consider it their duty to help Andy out of his dire situation and go to great lengths to help him. But nothing proves effective enough to lure their friend out of lifelong chastity until he meets Trish (Catherine Keener), a 40-year-old mother of three.

Andy’s friends are psyched by the possibility that “it” may finally happen…until they hear that Andy and Trish have begun their relationship based on a mutual no-sex policy.

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Movie Reviews: “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”

Movie Review: The Sydney Morning Herald

I fancy that there are Andys all over America, living happily ever after with their Star Wars collectibles, computer games and video recordings of every Starsky and Hutch episode ever made. I am also prepared to believe that they feel no desire for an intimate attachment to another flesh-and-blood being of any sexual orientation.

In theory, Andy (Steve Carell) is interested in having sex with women but a mix of embarrassment, ineptitude, and lassitude long ago discouraged him from grappling with the practicalities. So he has retired into a carefree state of perpetual adolescence to share his life with his toys.

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Movie Review: Time Out

Okay, so the title’s a dud, but make it past that and you’ll find one of the best Hollywood comedies of the past few years (and one that doesn’t star Stiller, Wilson, Black or Ferrell – no, not even in a cameo).

Steve Carell, best known as the non-sequitur-spouting moron in ‘Anchorman…’, plays the titular Andy, who has spent the four decades during which he’s not been having sex amassing an awesome collection of superhero figurines (many in their original packaging) and making egg salad sandwiches.

His colleagues think he’s a serial killer, but after witnessing his terrible attempt at sex-talk during a game of poker, realize the problem’s much worse: he’s a virgin. Something must be done.

It sounds like the plot of a terrible sex comedy, but first-time director Judd Apatow is an experienced writer and producer, with the fine titles of ‘Anchorman…’, ‘Larry Sanders’ and ‘Freaks and Geeks’ to his name.

Here, he steers the plot away from the crude and the clichéd (one round of ‘gay’ jokes excepted), and although it seems he couldn’t bring himself to leave any gags on the cutting-room floor, the film wears its two hours well.

At its best, it resembles one of those classic early-’80s comedies starring Steve Martin – the thinking man’s Woody Allen – boasting an acute mix of desperation, dignity, lunacy and indecorous wit.

Carell gives his sweet-faced dweeb character unexpected depth, while Catherine Keener makes much of the only female role written with anything approaching interest.

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Movie Review: THE TYEE

The other day I read a story about a man who died after having sex with a horse. The article was actually about the ethics of reporting such an incident and the responsibility journalists must exercise. But even now when I see a horse grazing in a distant field, I feel a little ill. Now I understand how the 40-Year-Old Virgin must feel.

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Andy Stitzer is a forty-year-old man who lives alone with his tuba, shelves of action figures and a sad penis. The integrity of his packaging has not been compromised, although not for lack of trying. Fate has simply not seen fit to deflower Mr. Stitzer.

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