DAR Film Retrospective: The 40 Year Old Virgin

Released by Universal Pictures in 2005, starring Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, and countless others, this film in particular seemed to be the kick off for what can be titled the "Judd Apatow era" of sorts. There were films before with similar stars and such, but this one stuck out more and captivated audiences instantly. Today, we gathered the team to reflect on the film, the most hilarious parts and the legacy of it.

The 40-Year-Old Virgin is hands down one of my favorite movies ever. There aren’t many films that catch my attention each time it airs on television. No fabrication – I watch the movie in entirety every single time. It’s my definition of the perfect comedy.

If you aren’t familiar with the movie, I’m going to break it down. This 40-year-old man who’s celibate (not by choice) is essentially trying to get in the groove of things. His co-workers do all they can but they fail. Andy goes through the hoops of dating and being set up but eventually falls for and marries a woman he finds on his own.

Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, and Jane Lynch star in this film and complement each other perfectly. Everyone submits their own form of humor, sarcasm, and wit. Comedic timing is everything and this movie exemplifies that.

It also sheds light on today’s dating game. I appreciate Steve Carell’s character Andy for actually taking the time to date his love interest. So many people are in a rush these days but Andy wanting his relationship to be special. He lived alone, rode a bike, and collected action figures. That doesn’t necessarily scream “heartthrob”, but he owned his truth.

One of the funniest parts of the movie to me is Romany Malco’s interaction with Kevin Hart. Hart’s cameo is absolutely timeless. He’s looking for a hookup from Malco on a sale and it takes a quick sharp left. They almost come to blows in the store as Hart becomes an irate customer and Carell tries to diffuse the situation.

The movie is highly recommended for a mature audience only. I try my best to be mature, but the movie is hilarious. Another scene is where Andy’s friends take him to get his chest waxed and the venture isn’t successful at all. There’s so much hair that the only spots that get attended look like a face on his torso.

Either way, the movie was one unlike any other that had been released. It was Seth Rogen in his real first major comedy role and Steve Carell’s third. Movies like this with quick wit and awkward humor always draw my attention. This cast quickly became one of my favorites. The film won’t ever get old to me.

I loved this friggin' movie when it first released. I mean, bruh! Even if you weren't a virgin or a lovable loser type, there were still moments that you could identify with. One of the first in a run of successful Judd Apatow-helmed films (including the underrated Funny People a/k/a "one of the few Sandler films that doesn't suck"), 40 introduced some viewers to a lot of people, including Seth Rogen and Kevin Hart.

It also allowed Steve Carell to just run rampant as a lovable loser who, in some ways, kind of deserved to lose due to his inability to figure out when sex was on the menu. That's not saying he's an asshole. It's more so saying that Carell's Andy is a pretty fleshed-out character. He's an everyman if there ever was one. So, was 40 that bad? Hell no. Does it hold up? Well, I'm biased since I've seen it so many times over the years. However, I'd have to say yeah.

Anyone who knows me, knows my favorite genre of film is comedy. There are plenty of films that make me laugh, but those laughs don't seem to last on repeat viewings. There are some films however, that no matter what I'll always laugh to tears at. The 40 Year Old Virgin is one of those films. From Steve Carell's miserable yet content Andy character to the hilarity of Paul Rudd hating his life due to his ex, this film is literally the epitome of ridiculous comedy at its finest.

I watched this film when it first came out in the theater and instantly got hooked. The moments are priceless, the dialogue is always interesting, and Carell is at his awkward comedic best in this film. One of the funniest moments, which has already been touched on, is the Kevin Hart and Romany Malco scene. It is a completely over the top and ridiculous moment that sticks out in my head whenever I think of this film. From seeing someone tell another to go fuck a goat to the advances of his boss at a bootleg Circuit City, to getting his back waxed, Andy went through hell just to achieve his goal of no longer being a virgin. You root for Andy the entire way and in a comedy, that's beyond rare. Revisit this film if you have it and enjoy.



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