FlashBack Friday Film Review: “40 Year Old Virgin” by Blade Brown
Plot: Goaded by his buddies, a nerdy guy who’s never “done the deed” only finds the pressure mounting when he meets a single mother.
Review: 10 years ago, Judd Apatow made his directorial debut after years of producing and writing for television. Steve Carell, who’s hit show The Office had just taken off, co-wrote and stars as the title character. Coming out same year as other blockbuster comedies like “Wedding Crashes”, “Hitch” and “The Longest Yard”, this movie had its work cut out for it. Surprisingly, this movie was a big hit and ended up being not only one of the years best comedies, but best movies in general.
Carell stars as Andy. A lonely 40-year-old who after a poker night with his coworkers, inadvertently reveals he’s still a virgin. From there, his coworkers, who rarely spoke to him before the night in question, all go out of their way to help him lose his virginity. His new buddy Jay (Romany Malco) tells him “From now on, your dick is my dick. I’m getting you some pussy”. From there, the antics get funnier and funnier as they all give him different advice on how to pick up women. Everything from waxing his chest to taking him on speed dating during lunch breaks are just some of the hilarious things that occur.
Carell is very funny in the movie. Although he is the punchline throughout most of the movie, he definitely drops some classic one liners. The supporting cast is all very good. Catherine Keener, Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Romany Malco, Jane Lynch and Kat Dennings all do their roles justice and all have scene stealing moments. The scene between Jay and a Smart Tech customer (Kevin Hart) is pure gold, and is just as funny today as it was when I first saw it.
*The Bottom Line
The word “classic” gets thrown around way too much these days. But this movie is as close to it as it gets. While the end drags a little, there’s no denying that this is one of the funniest and most quotable movies of the 2000s. If you’ve unfortunately not had the pleasure of seeing it, you need to prioritize fitting this movie into your life.
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