40 Year-Old Virgin

40 Year-Old Virgin

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Director: Judd Apatow

Cast: Judd Apatow, Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd

     
 

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One man nervously ventures forth into the final frontier in this comedy starring comic actor Steve Carell. Andy Stitzer (Carell) is a cheerfully geeky guy who is settling into middle age with his large collection of comic books, action figures, and collectable models. Andy works in an electronics store, and seems reasonably happy with his life. However, one day his… See more details below

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One man nervously ventures forth into the final frontier in this comedy starring comic actor Steve Carell. Andy Stitzer (Carell) is a cheerfully geeky guy who is settling into middle age with his large collection of comic books, action figures, and collectable models. Andy works in an electronics store, and seems reasonably happy with his life. However, one day his friends and co-workers David (Paul Rudd), Jay (Romany Malco), and Cal (Seth Rogen) discover that Andy has a secret -- due to his rather severe jitters around women, Andy is still a virgin. Andy's pals are appalled at this state of affairs, and set out to find a woman who'd be willing to get horizontal with him. After a number of disastrous dates, everyone thinks Andy has finally struck gold when he meets Trish (Catherine Keener), an attractive single mother who takes an immediate liking to him. What the other guys don't know is that Trish has just gotten out of a bad relationship, and has informed Andy she isn't ready to be intimate with him just yet. The 40-Year-Old Virgin was the first feature film directed by Judd Apatow, who previously served as a writer and producer for the well-regarded television shows Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared, and The Larry Sanders Show.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Bill Pearis
Comedian Steve Carell has quickly gone from a correspondent’s slot on Comedy Central's Daily Show to an ace-in-the-hole scene-stealer in such hits as Bruce Almighty, Anchorman, and Bewitched. But few saw him as a leading man, at least until this winning comedy became a surprise box-office smash. The film's title tells you the basic premise: Carell plays Andy Spitzer, a nice guy who never quite got around to getting it on, and who has filled that void in his life with video games and collectible '70s action figures. He works in the stock room of an electronics megastore, where his co-workers (Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, and Romany Malco) view him as "the quiet type." But when the guys find out that Andy's sexual history is a blank slate, it becomes their mission to change his course. This involves a series of hilarious bad dates and some of the worst relationship advice ever heard. (At one point, Rogen's character tells Andy, "Be stoic; like David Caruso in Jade.”) He also meets a sweet single mom (Catherine Keener) who may be The One. The most infamous scene, however, is when the guys take Andy to get his chest waxed -- which Carell actually endured on-camera -- and the stream of vulgarities unleashed from his mouth during it rivals that of anything heard in Scarface. Actually, the whole of The 40-Year-Old Virgin is a no-holds-barred raunch-fest that makes such R-rated comedies as The Wedding Crashers or even There's Something About Mary seem tame by comparison. But the screenplay, co-written by Carrell and director Judd Apatow (Freaks and Geeks), never forgets that filthy isn't automatically funny. You need real jokes, which Virgin has in spades, rivaling Wedding Crashers as 2005's funniest film. Apatow and Carrell also understand that it doesn’t hurt to have likable characters, a generous dose of heart, or an out-of-the-blue musical number. You'll laugh -- a lot. You may even cry. But won't go running to get a wax job any time soon.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Judd Apatow's directorial debut, The 40-Year-Old Virgin accomplishes something very rare for a comedy, it is a very funny, bawdy sex comedy that transcends the genre because of the three-dimensional characters and the subtle acting. Steve Carell created his character while part of Chicago's Second City troupe, and like all of the best sketches they produce, the laughs come more from the human behavior of the characters than in the situation itself. Carell's pitch-perfect performance is matched by Catherine Keener who creates a warm, appealing, intelligent woman who would believably fall for Carell's character. All the supporting players (Paul Rudd, Seth Rogan, Jane Lynch, and the rest) are given fully realized characters to play, making the outrageous behavior even funnier because the audience can relate to the people even if the actions seem outlandish. The screenplay is both full of big laugh lines and works as a perfectly structured romantic comedy. In lesser hands, this would have become a one-note comedy, but The 40-Year-Old Virgin is a comedy symphony.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/2008
UPC:
0025195045841
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
4:10:00
Sales rank:
37,467

Special Features

Picture in picture; Feature commentaries with director/co-writer Judd Apatow, actor/co-writer Steve Carell and cast; Over 30 minutes if deleted scenes; You Know How I Know You're Gay?; Date-A-Palooza; Line-O-Rama; Judd's Video Diaries; Auditions; Raw footage; Rehearsals; Reel comedy roundtable; Cinemax Final Cut: The 40-Year-Old Virgin; 1970's sex ed film; My Dinner Witrh Stormy; Gag reel; Waxing Doc

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Carell Andy Stitzer
Catherine Keener Trish
Paul Rudd David
Romany Malco Jay
Seth Rogen Cal
Elizabeth Banks Beth
Leslie Mann Nicky
Jane Lynch Paula
Gerry Bednob Mooj
Shelley Malil Actor
Nancy Walls Actor
Kat Dennings Actor
Carla Gallo Actor
Mindy Kaling Amy
Jonah Hill E-Bay Customer

Technical Credits
Judd Apatow Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Steve Carell Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Andrew Jay Cohen Associate Producer
Jackson de Govia Production Designer
Marla Garlin Casting
Jack N. Green Cinematographer
Allison Jones Casting
David MacMillan Sound/Sound Designer
Debra McGuire Costumes/Costume Designer
Jon Poll Executive Producer
Tom Reta Art Director
Shauna Robertson Producer
Seth Rogen Co-producer
William H. Schirmer Special Effects Supervisor
Richard Stutsman Special Effects Supervisor
Clayton Townsend Producer
Brent White Editor
Lyle Workman Score Composer

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