40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN, THE: DVD
Andy Stitzer (Steve Carell) lives a neat and ordered life as a bachelor, collecting action figurines and working at an electronics store. When his young workmates discover he is still a virgin at 40, they set about trying to un-virgin him with young women of their own circle, and with their male misconceptions and misogynistic plans. Andy is a reluctant pupil, however, even when he meets the divorced, youthful middle aged divorcee, Trish (Catherine Keener), who seems more his type.
Review by Louise Keller:
I must confess I had never heard of TV funnyman Steve Carell, but when I saw his list of credits, I did remember him as Brick in Anchorman, as Uncle Arthur in the Bewitched remake and for roles in Bruce Almighty and Woody Allen's Melinda and Melinda. The 40 Year Old Virgin is a better film than Anchorman, and Carell, who co-wrote the script with first time director Judd Apatow is a big hit as nerdy Andy, whose life highlights comprise boiling eggs, painting model action figures and playing video games.
When Andy describes a woman's breast feeling like a bag of sand, his workmates at the Smart Tech store David, Jay and Cal (Paul Rudd, Romany Malco, Seth Rogen) twig immediately he is a 40 year old virgin. They quickly proceed to bombard him with tips to get him laid. There's that box of porn videos, the session at Date A Palooza and the painful session at the waxing clinic. Chest hair is out, his friends tell him, and Carell's generously endowed body is stripped (or striped!) with hot wax. Ouch! (The beauty consultant looks as though she can hardly contain her laughter; this is obviously a one-take scene).
But Andy wants more than just a one-night strand. He has just met the lovely Trish (Catherine Keener), who runs the 'Sell it on E-Bay' store opposite. And although his friends try to convince him he needs to get experience before he tries it with someone he likes, he stands his ground, wins the girl, and charms us along the way.
There's crude, lewd humour, bawdy innuendo and surprisingly plenty of heart in this bad-taste romantic comedy that insists we tag along for the fun.
There are plenty of deleted scenes on the DVD, plus a gag reel, a four camera behind the scenes cook at Carell's chest hair being waxed plus an audio commentary with director Judd Apatow, Seth Rogan, Steve Carell and the cast.
Published February 21, 2006
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40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN, THE: DVD (MA)
CAST: Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd, Romany Malco, Seth Rogan, Shelley Malil, Elizabeth Banks, Lesley Mann, Jane Lynch, Gerry Bednob
PRODUCER: Judd Apatow, Shauna Robertson, Clayton Townsend
DIRECTOR: Judd Apatow
SCRIPT: Judd Apatow, Steve Carrell
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jack N. Green
EDITOR: Brent White
MUSIC: Lyle Workman
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Jackson De Govia
RUNNING TIME: 116 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: UIP
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: October 13, 2005
SPECIAL FEATURES: Gag reel, Never before extra material; deleted footage; waxing documentary;audio commentary with director Judd Apatow, Seth Rogan, Steve Carell and cast;
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Universal
DVD RELEASE: Febrruary 22, 2006