2005-09-02 / Columnists

MovieScope

By Robert Snyder

'The 40-Year-Old Virgin' - Celibate Hit


Who'd think that a R-rated sex comedy about a guy who gets no sex would hit a home run at the box office?
Yet, comic actor Steve Carell has broken the leading man barrier. With "The 40 Year Old Virgin" scoring $20.6 million opening weekend, he is a bonafide star.
After a long run of TV shows and supporting roles in movies, Carell has co-written and co-produced a role for himself, which fits like a glove (or a condom). 40-year-old Andy Stitzer (Carell) is happily living out his arrested-development life. Bicycling to and from his stock clerk job at an electronic store, he spends his off-hoursplaying with classic action figures and making bowls of egg salad, which he doesn't even eat. The one thing absent from his existence wouldn't be missed, except that the other guys in the office are obsessed with it: Sex.
One night after a poker game, co-workers David (Paul Rudd), Jay (Romany Malco) and Cal (Seth Rogen) begin a round robin of stories highlighting their sexual escapades. When Andy takes the floor, he offers his enthusiastic observation that a woman's breasts feel like "bags of sand."
His colleagues express skepticism about Andy's erotic track record. Soon, it is revealed that our hero is, in fact, a middle-aged virgin. The guys vow to get their partner laid, offering advice that ranges from poor to outright awful. Andy is launched on a series of dates and singles ordeals (including a torturous chest waxing) that send him racing back to embrace celibacy.
However, he does encounter a divorcee, Trish (Catherine Keener), who seems to be his soul mate. After a bad evening struggling with contraceptives and Trish's teenage daughter, the couple decide to continue dating "sex-free."
So, the film ultimately is selling celibacy until after marriage...unusual for a raunchy sex comedy full of four-letter words and porno footage. But, it is wildly funny, featuring energetic performances from cast members and Carell. If you're looking for a laugh, a little love and a lot of lust, go see "The 40-Year-Old Virgin."It's a great date film.
Who'd think that a R-rated sex comedy about a guy who gets no sex would hit a home run at the box office? Yet, comic actor Steve Carell has broken the leading man barrier. With "The 40 Year Old Virgin" scoring $20.6 million opening weekend, he is a bonafide star. After a long run of TV shows and supporting roles in movies, Carell has co-written and co-produced a role for himself, which fits like a glove (or a condom). 40-year-old Andy Stitzer (Carell) is happily living out his arrested-development life. Bicycling to and from his stock clerk job at an electronic store, he spends his off-hoursplaying with classic action figures and making bowls of egg salad, which he doesn't even eat. The one thing absent from his existence wouldn't be missed, except that the other guys in the office are obsessed with it: Sex. One night after a poker game, co-workers David (Paul Rudd), Jay (Romany Malco) and Cal (Seth Rogen) begin a round robin of stories highlighting their sexual escapades. When Andy takes the floor, he offers his enthusiastic observation that a woman's breasts feel like "bags of sand." His colleagues express skepticism about Andy's erotic track record. Soon, it is revealed that our hero is, in fact, a middle-aged virgin. The guys vow to get their partner laid, offering advice that ranges from poor to outright awful. Andy is launched on a series of dates and singles ordeals (including a torturous chest waxing) that send him racing back to embrace celibacy. However, he does encounter a divorcee, Trish (Catherine Keener), who seems to be his soul mate. After a bad evening struggling with contraceptives and Trish's teenage daughter, the couple decide to continue dating "sex-free." So, the film ultimately is selling celibacy until after marriage...unusual for a raunchy sex comedy full of four-letter words and porno footage. But, it is wildly funny, featuring energetic performances from cast members and Carell. If you're looking for a laugh, a little love and a lot of lust, go see "The 40-Year-Old Virgin."It's a great date film.

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