If you’re a fan of comedy that simply burns through the frustrations of daily life, something raunchy and spicy enough to cure even the dullest of moods, look no further than the filmography of Judd Apatow (he’s also the producer of Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), Superbad (2007), and Pineapple Express (2008)). He’s a master mood manipulator, he can make you laugh no matter how bad things have gotten, and he does it better in The 40-Year-Old Virgin than ever before.
This film is a testament to not only Judd Apatow being one of the funniest filmmakers out there, but also Steve Carrell and how he’s simply unmatched at playing the nice guy.
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The Movie Review
The 40-Year-Old Virgin follows a man named Andy, and he’s going to have himself a bit of a romantic comedy experience. I mean, sure, it is kind of like a romantic comedy, but instead of a cute meet-cute story about two strangers falling in love, this one is all about a man who has never had an intimate experience with another person before.
Andy works in sales, and once his co-workers find out that he’s still a virgin at age 40, they decide to do everything in their power to get him laid!
The humor in the 40-Year-Old Virgin is so good that it’s almost like the filmmakers went through some sort of comedic boot camp to perfect every joke.
It’s a mix of raunchy and sweet, which is one of the weirdest combos, and yet it works pretty well. Apatow knew that crude humor alone is not enough to carry a movie, so he blended it with genuine heartfelt moments to give it that extra kick.
The film’s focus on Andy’s journey to find love and intimacy creates a warm and fuzzy feeling throughout. You’ll find yourself rooting for Andy to succeed, even if you don’t relate to his situation. It’s like watching a sports movie, but instead of a championship, the prize is Andy’s happiness.
The supporting cast adds to the film’s atmosphere by bringing their own unique and hilarious energy to the film. They’re like a comedy dream team – each actor bringing their own comedic style and timing to the table.
The real showrunners here are the cast though, with Steve Carell as the standout in the leading role. He delivers his lines with impeccable timing and manages to make his character both sympathetic and funny, and it’s super entertaining watching him go through some of the hurdles in his path.
The supporting cast is also outstanding, with actors such as Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, and Romany Malco delivering hilarious performances, Paul Rudd in particular has such phenomenal comedic timing here. They all have such great chemistry that you essentially just feel like you’re a spectator in a bunch of friends just hanging out.
The visuals of the movie are not particularly outstanding, but the camera work is efficient and effective. There isn’t anything you can love about it, but there also isn’t much to dislike about the cinematography.
Sure, it’s repetitive and samey, but it doesn’t really come as a detriment to the film’s quality. It is overly simple and yet it manages to capture the film’s characters, and their stories perfectly.
I will say, it’s funny how many comedy films overlook the importance of their soundtracks, even a film as good as The 40-Year-Old Virgin. While the movie does include some noteworthy tunes, they’re not exactly custom-made for the film.
The soundtrack mostly consists of classic rock and pop hits that mesh well with the movie’s carefree and upbeat atmosphere, but it’s not exactly groundbreaking stuff. It’s just a very good selection of tracks that were carefully curated and that contribute to the film’s overall allure.
The 40-Year-Old Virgin is one of those films that somehow manage to remain funny, no matter how many times you’ve seen it before. It perfectly blends its raunchy humor with the heartfelt emotion that went into each character in the film.
It might not be the most thought-provoking or life-changing film out there, but the 40-Year-Old Virgin is a film made with a lot of thought, focus, and dedication.
- A straightforward and engaging plot that is easy to follow
- Clever jokes and witty dialogue that will have you quoting lines for weeks
- An impeccable blend of humor and emotion that creates an authentic and relatable story
- Gifted comedians in the cast ensure that the comedic timing remains on fleek throughout the film
- The playlist curated for the film features banger songs after banger songs
- Some may find the film's humor to be crude or offensive
- The soundtrack is a bit weak due to not having an original composition
- The cinematography is serviceable, but there’s nothing great about it