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The 40-Year-Old Virgin Unrated Widescreen Version

 

Picture: B    Sound: B-    Extras: B    Film: B

 

 

The 40-Year-Old Virgin is an often very funny sex comedy that became the sleeper hit of 2005.  It tells the story of Andy Stitzer (Steve Carell), whose shyness, politeness, lack of aggression, childlike interests and negative teen-age sexual experiences have conspired to prevent him from ever "going all the way" with a woman.

 

Andy's a nice, quiet fellow who rides a bicycle back and forth to his job in the stock room of an electronics store.  He lives by himself in an apartment that's every 12-year-old fanboy's dream, and has little social contact.  In addition to his nifty video-game setup, Andy most-prized possession is his massive collection of classic superhero dolls.  While Andy would be the envy of most pre-pubescent boys, it's hardly the stuff that would impress most grown women.

 

One night, while playing poker with his co-workers, who have left Andy alone until now fearing he might be a serial killer, Andy's comparison of a woman's breast to a bag of sand causes his sexually experienced co-workers to correctly deduce that he's a virgin.  The rest of the film follows the attempts of those three co-workers (Paul Rudd, Romany Malco and Seth Rogen) to finally get Andy laid.

 

Written by Carell and director Judd Apatow, The 40-Year-Old Virgin is one of the few raunchy grossout comedies since There's Something About Mary to deliver big laughs.  It unfolds as an episodic series of sex-related comic bits, but a healthy percentage of these bits are quite funny.  While the film occasionally gets too vulgar for its own good, it works because of Carell's cheerful innocence, and his growing frustration as his well-meaning but hilariously misguided buddies constantly give him the wrong advice.  These are such an entertaining group of cynical guys that you wish the filmmakers had more confidence in themselves, and didn't feel the need to be so potty-mouthed.  The only other problem is that the movie loses steam in the final reel by taking too long to wrap up.

 

Universal's Uncut DVD version of The 40-Year-Old Virgin is packed with extras, but not all of these extras seem necessary.  There are a few amusing bits in the extra 17 minutes added to the film itself, but too often in the deleted/alternate material and outtakes we only get more-explicit sex talk that's simply not funny.  The film's been given a solid 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer with good picture quality and good 5.1 Dolby Digital Sound.  There's also a jocular feature-length audio commentary with Apatow, Carell, Rogen, Rudd, Malco, Leslie Mann, Gerry Bednob, Jane Lynch and Jonah Hill.

 

 

- Chuck O'Leary


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