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Friday, 2 September 2011
The 40-Year-Old Virgin
When his colleagues find out Andy (Steve Carell) is a 40-year-old virgin, they make it their job to get him laid, but with no success. When Andy meets Trish (Catherine Keener) he falls in love with her and they begin dating, but how can he tell her that he's never had sex when she is a mother of three?
The film is generally quite amusing, thanks to a farcical screenplay filled to bursting with innuendos - some are surprisingly funny, others are more gross humour than anything else and just fall short, double meanings, and characters who get themselves into comically awkward moments/situations. A number of the jokes just fail however, as they are far too crude, and it feels as if the screen writers are going out of their way to gross out and be inappropriate in their writing, though the screenplay at the end of the day amuses a good two-thirds of the time where it is clearly trying to.
The actors also give quite good performances. Carell plays the awkward comic geek stereotype perfectly, and despite what the character is setting out to do in this film there is so much sheer likeability in the character and the performance Carell gives, while Keener makes Trish a very kind and sensitive love interest for Andy. Meanwhile Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen and Romany Malco provide a comical trio, who time their comedy well, and (especially in Rogen's case) display strong comic delivery.
Aside from some cases of awful humour, what frustrates me about this film is its clear lack of morals and what it is telling us about life. What the film effectively is telling us is that it is necessary to get laid in order to be happy in life, and life is not complete until you have got laid. Seriously? Sex is a gift from God to be used the way he intends it to be used (within marriage), and to just sleep around for the fun of it with people you barely know, or picked up in a bar - like Andy's colleagues brag about doing - is a clear misuse of it. The film seems to be encouraging such behaviour, and totally disregards the fact that it degrades a person to a large extent to act in such a way.
Amusing it may be, but there is just such an unbelievable lack of morals to this film, which makes it shallow and crude in places. Its messages are just to be totally ignored, but fortunately the fact it is a comedy automatically makes it a film which can't be taken that seriously.
Stars: Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd, Romany Malco, Seth Rogen, Jane Lynch, Elizabeth Banks, Kat Dennings, Leslie Mann, Gerry Bednob, Shelley Malil, Marika Dominczyk, Mindy Kaling, Mo Collins.
MTV Movie Award: Best Comedic Performance (Steve Carell).
MTV Movie Award nomination: Best Movie, Best Breakthrough Performance (Romany Malco), Best Performance (Steve Carell), Best On-Screen Team (Steve Carell, Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Romany Malco).