MOVIE REVIEW **1/2
‘American Pie’ for Adults
By Yong-yi Zhu
The 40 Year-Old Virgin
Directed by Judd Apatow
Written by Judd Apatow and Steve Carell
Starring Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, and Romany Malco
What is the most effective way for a guy to get laid? “The 40 Year-Old Virgin” investigates this at a level never before seen in a motion picture, all for the sake of helping a man experience sex.
Andy Stitzer (Steve Carell) is the consummate dork who collects action figures, bikes to work, and stays far away from women. Without any friends, there’s no one to tell him what he’s missing. But when Andy admits to his co-workers (Paul Rudd, Romany Malco, and Seth Rogen) that he is still a virgin, they begin their attempts to rectify the situation.
We watch Andy endure much discomfort throughout the lengthy quest, ranging from being thrown up on by a drunken date to having his chest hair removed bit by bit. (That scene wasn’t just acting; the director thought a genuine reaction from Carell would be funnier.)
Steve Carell is convincing as the ultimate dork, conveying a genuine and innocent level of idiocy throughout.
Beyond that, though, the movie is not about the acting. Thankfully, the generally artificial scenes and outrageously unbelievable characters are not noticed much because the movie makes you laugh so hard that you can barely put more popcorn in your mouth.
This movie amuses and entertains for two hours. Just expect to be offended, though; “Virgin” has all the crudity of “American Pie,” but at an adult level. The film ignores clever comedy and simply repeatedly punches the audience with in-your-face humor. Somewhere between demeaning women and making fun of animals, everyone will feel it.
When that happens, though, just remind yourself: at least you’re not a 40-year-old virgin.