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Quint on THE 40 YEAR-OLD VIRGIN!!! ::insert joke here::

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here again, this time with a look at the Steve Carell vehicle THE 40 YEAR-OLD VIRGIN.

You don't need a plot synopsis, you don't need an in-depth critique of the shot selection and most of all you don't need me to list off my favorite gags, thus stripping your joy in seeing the pros do it up on the screen. The film is called THE 40 YEAR-OLD VIRGIN and that's exactly what you get.

All I can tell you is that it is funny. Not just funny, but Fucking Funny. The time flew by in the theater. I didn't feel it drag once, thanks to a great cast working a great concept that the script somehow keeps from going stale after 5 minutes.

Steve Carell - The titular VIRGIN and boy does he play it up. I think I still prefer "Brick" to "Andy," but they're both really great characters. Kinda like saying you prefer Indiana Jones to Allie Fox or vice versa. Andy is immediately likable and of course it's easy to relate to a cat that has toys and movie busts up all around his apartment. At least for me. From where I'm sitting I can see a couple LOTR statues, a Darth Vader Gentle Giant mini-bust, Gary Oldman mini-bust Comic-Con Exclusive Sirius Black, an honest to god Robert Shaw as Quint full sized bust, an Agent Smith Gentle Giant Mini-bust, a giant Balrog head (this is actually really damn cool... it's a candle-holder and the candle is placed behind the head that kinda lights up), a couple ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW toys, the McFarlane Alien Queen, Galactus and a few STAR WARS UNLEASHED figures. And this is the living room.

So, as you can see, I had no trouble relating to the 40 Year-Old Virgin. Keep yer traps closed down there. I can hear the jokes already... your wicked little fingers are itching to take a shot at the comment, I know it. Oh well, what else is new, eh?

But yeah, Carell carries the film effortlessly. He's great, but the film wouldn't have worked if his costars were lamey mclamealots. Thankfully, they're just as funny (and in one particular case even funnier) than Carell.

Romany Malco - This is my personal favorite character from the movie. I praise the writers and Malco for making this character work so well. By most accounts this should have been the trademarked "Funny Black Guy" role, but Malco is so alive, his timing so note perfect that the role goes beyond that cliche. It's not Shakespeare... he's got a great many pussy and dick jokes, but he rocks hard in this flick.

Paul Rudd - Shows some comedic range (not that he needed to prove himself, mind you) here by taking on a character that is radically different from ANCHORMAN's Brian Fantana. His character has to work around the TVs and for anyone who has ever had to work in an electronics store, video store, movie theater... his introductory scene will make you cheer. The confrontation with his boss about the trash she always plays... it's a confrontation that every one of us who has had to listen to the same stupid shit over and over and over again wanted to have with the higher ups.

Seth Rogan - I just found out this guy is a year younger than me and that is honestly fucking with my head. He has a deep, gruff voice, he's got enough hair on his face and head to make Harry go, "Dude, you need a shave..." He should not be 23 years old. Young or old, he's really funny, the last spoke that makes the core group of this film roll smoothly from plot point to plot point, gag to gag. He's a great compliment to the group.

I don't know what else to say other than I am very happy with this film. It's not perfect (I really didn't care for the "You know... I learned something today" bit at the end), but it's a fuckin' funny movie with boobs, erections and foul language enough to make Bill Cosby's head do a 180. It works and it's filled with some hotties of various levels. Catherine Keener is beautiful in a mature kind of way and then you have someone like Elizabeth Banks (Mrs. Betty Brant herself) being young hottie blonde supreme. Hot chicks, dick jokes and a gang of some of the most talented funny men in the business working at their peak... what more can you want?

You know... I think I may have liked that movie... you think?

Alright, that's it from me. I'm wiped out. Talk to you folks later!


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  • Aug. 19, 2005, 2:36 p.m. CST

    I've got a sequel

    by OsamaBinBlofeld

    The 40 Year Old Virgin(s) 2: The Angry Aint It Cool Talkbackers Story

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Balrog candlestick holder? Gary Oldman Sirius Black statue??

    by mrgreentheplant

    And this guy's supposed to be a virgin? Totally unrealistic. Eh i'll see it. there are boobs after all.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Actually, a light up Balrog head is pretty cool

    by chrth

    I wouldn't own one, granted (I'm a minimalist), but I think that'd be cool to have mounted at your cubicle. I'd light it when I was in the office, just so people would know if I was around.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Surprisingly Funny Stuff

    by STL Critic

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 3:42 p.m. CST

    No, greatn, there's a way around it

    by Kung Fu Hustler

    Anakin wipes Andy's mind of any recollection, thus leaving the 40-Year-Old virgin plotline intact.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Superman comic con footage

    by John-Locke

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 4:14 p.m. CST

    the poster

    by lopan

    i'm encouraged by all the great reviews this is getting, but i do have to say that the poster is the fucking funniest shit i've seen in a long time. that look on steve carell's face just makes me crack up every time i see it. whoever designed that fucker is genius.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 4:14 p.m. CST

    What line do you say to pickup a Hot Chick?

    by uberman

    Try this: "Hi. I'd like to make a baby in your mouth."

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 4:15 p.m. CST

    pickup lines

    by lopan

    the one i usually go with is "Hi,,, know...uh..." and then i walk away in shame.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Sorry Supes Footage is the same

    by John-Locke

    I was duped.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Why review movies that are out?

    by I wonder

    Isn't the point of this site to review movies that have *not* yet been released????

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 4:58 p.m. CST

    or how about

    by lopan

    "I need your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle."

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 5:11 p.m. CST


    by Poacher

    Yes. Carell has been using the character for a long time in his improv comedy and approached Appatow about the project which they co-scripted specifically for him to star.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 5:13 p.m. CST

    this moving was boring, predictable...

    by BurlIvesLeftNut

    and worst of all... not funny. I only stayed through the whole thing because I went with someone. What a waste of $5.50.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 5:54 p.m. CST

    STOP talking and go see this FUCKING MOVIE!!!

    by antonphd

  • Everyone seems to love this thing. They need to get a new trailer guy. The last few good movies had sucky trailers.

  • i know, I've seen it. He tries way to hard, and especially when he's given the greenlight to use profanity at will he sounds like he's trying waaaay too hard. Face if Rudd, some guys are funny, and some try to act funny. You, well, just try. BTW, the hype is what makes this movie funny. I garauntee later when people buy or rent this mediocre comedy that they'll ask themselves why they were laughing so hard in the theater. You want to laugh, see Wedding Crashing. You want a comedy, then see this movie.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 8:27 p.m. CST

    This Is A Movie I Feel I Can Relate To

    by Red Lantern

    I like the premise and I think films like this don't get made enough. There really is a lot of comedy potential in a movie like this, so I hope it's as good as everyone says it is.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 8:41 p.m. CST

    The guys that made Anchorman made this?

    by Orionsangels

    I'm there that's all there is to it

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 8:55 p.m. CST

    DONT listen to the people who say this movie is bad... go see it

    by antonphd

    it's funny as hell and that's all that there is to it. The people who don't like this movie MUST be virgins who are just offended.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 9 p.m. CST

    Harry didn't review this movie because it hit too close to h

    by Nate Champion

    Except the part where Steve Carrell actually gets some... thankfully he doesn't weigh 465 pounds or else next summer we'd be treated to the 41 Year Old Virgin.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Uberman: Believe it or not ...

    by Itchy

    One of the best nights I ever had in college began with a slightly (okay, morbidly) drunk me asking a young coed who looked pretty much like Lacey Chabert "Hi. I'd like to make a baby in your mouth." Amazingly, it actually worked ... though no child was ever born (strangely). Of course, you just can't respect a girl like that, so after 5 months, I broke it off.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 10:27 p.m. CST

    To Droppings: it IS a Steve Carell "vehicle" -- he co-wrote it

    by FrankDrebin

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Just saw it. It's very funny. But too long (nyuk-nyuk).

    by FrankDrebin

    In standard rom-com formula, it's clear that the guy and the gal belong together, but the plot has to add misunderstandings (why does she think he's a killer because he has action figures?) and conflicts (why does she decide to wait on the physical stuff?) for only one reason: to increase the running time. Less is more. Cut some scenes (the daughters could easily have been removed), then put them back in for the dvd.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 10:43 p.m. CST

    All you Rudd haters, he has probably the funniest scene in the m

    by FrankDrebin

    Him and Rogen are playing a video game and start calling each other "gay". (The movie already established that neither of them is homophobic -- they think Carell is gay at first, and have no problem with it -- it's just smack talk between two guys.) Has nothing to do with the plot, but it's hilarious. I also liked what Rudd did as he was leaving the speed-dating brunch.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 11:33 p.m. CST

    They were smart to target this site for marketing

    by Cabron

    I hope Harry was paid well for his life rights.

  • Aug. 19, 2005, 11:57 p.m. CST

    This has to be the best documentary of my life I have ever seen

    by Psalmolive

    Except Carrell gets/has more action throughout his life than me. I've never even been out on a date. I've never even been out alone with a girl in public as an acquaintance without being under the auspices of academics! That's right, posers! I'm a sad, sad man! MWAHAHAHAHAHAA! Eat shit and DIE! No, really.

  • Aug. 20, 2005, 1:06 a.m. CST

    I approve this movie

    by Vern

    I don't know if anybody remembers this, but when I called Wedding Crashers out as lazy, mediocre formulaic forgettable throwaway crap that nobody will remember by the time it's on DVD, a bunch of people in talkbacks wanted to feed me to piranhas. I would like to say that the 40 Year Old Virgin is the good version of what Wedding Crashers was trying to do. First of all, as simple as it is, the premise and characters are more original and down to earth than the pricks in Wedding Crashers. Secondly, the characters are more likable - Steve Carrell is a huge dork, but you like him. You root for him. And you like his friends. #3, it has a much more freeflowing feel and you don't really notice the formula underneath until near the end, and then it breezes by fast enough not to really matter. Part 4, it is 99% laughs and only 1% romantic comedy. And yet, the serious portion (which is conveyed in 1 or 2 lines of dialogue) feels much more sincere than any of the cornball love cliches and date montages in the other movie. You don't have to wait for Steve Carrell to straighten out a misunderstanding or prove he really loves her or make some god damn speech. And most important, it was just funnier. As in, laughs and crap. I know there's no reason for one to be in competition with the other, but I'm just saying, there is a such thing as a good version of that type of movie, and this is it.

  • Aug. 20, 2005, 2:07 a.m. CST

    WTF @ them playing Mortal Kombat: Deception with a N64 controlle

    by Bob of the Shire

    In a movie about a mega dork, at least do some research. Other than that, this movie was pretty good. Except for the soundtrack, which was lackluster.

  • Aug. 20, 2005, 2:20 a.m. CST

    Not that funny. Really.

    by CoursinLarry

    The poster made me laugh longer and harder than the movie did. Then again, it's pretty much the funniest poster of all time. And I'm glad somebody else pointed out that video game mistake. A Nintendo 64 controller?!!?!? It seems like it would have required more effort to find a 64 controller than an XBox controller.

  • Aug. 20, 2005, 2:47 a.m. CST

    bob of the shire

    by all

    ouch man. just ouch.

  • Aug. 20, 2005, 2:54 a.m. CST

    video game...

    by Tacodave

    I also noticed the video game controller but noticed something else: even if they had been using a GameCube controller (the "newest" Nintendo console), it would have still been wrong because that Mortal Kombat game wasn't released on the Cube. I'm an idiot.

  • Aug. 20, 2005, 3:57 a.m. CST

    Funny but too long, and all that good word of mouth saying it wa

    by andrew coleman

    I thought I was going to see the best comedy of all time. It had a couple laughs but felt very long in several scenes and I felt overall under performed. I'm not saying it is bad or no one should see it. I just didn't find it amazing like many reviews make it out to be.

  • Aug. 20, 2005, 9:05 a.m. CST

    On the MKD subject

    by DarthRicker

    It was indeed released for GC.

  • Aug. 20, 2005, 10:14 a.m. CST

    I lost my virginity

    by Smokey McSpliff

    to a 23-year old substitiute teacher when I was 16. It continued for 3 months until she moved out of town, and it was the greatest experience of my life (in the sexual arena at least). Luckily, I was able to make the critical, and correct, decision not to tell anyone and thus my "education" continued unhindered for a long, sweet, sweet summer. So I laugh when I see all these women in the news lately up on serious felony charges for having sex with their teen-aged male students. I'm sure most of you will agree with me when I say that 16-18 year old boys are walking, talking penises who will stick it in pretty much any hole availible, and they are pretty much incapable of being "victimized" by women, young or old. I've had perfectly normal relationships ever since and enough masturbatory material to last a lifetime. Hell, I even remember a Cheers episode where Sam bragged that he lost his virginity when he was 15 or so to an older teacher as Cliff and Norm listened in awe. Our country is so conflicted and confused about sex it just kills me.

  • Aug. 20, 2005, 10:39 a.m. CST

    I just assumed that Andy was gaming savvy enough to figure out t

    by Terry_1978

    I mean, the dude did have a fucking video game chair, for Christ's sake.

  • Aug. 20, 2005, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Nintendo 64 controller

    by Josef K

    My buddy who was a PA on the film told me that they purposely added goofs in the film so geeks who go nuts talking about them on the internet. Looks like it worked. LOL

  • Aug. 20, 2005, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Maybe this movie would go over the head of kids who are like the

    by antonphd

    cause... there's nothing wrong with being like him... when you're still a kid... but he's 40... that's the funny part... that and the MILLION other funny things. And... it has NEVER been better to be married to the director of a movie. Ursula got the hands down BEST role of her carreer in this movie. She would be the funniest part of the movie if this were any other movie. Only because of the fact that this movie has a thousand other funniest part of the movie moments is her moment not the best. B I T C H BITCH!!! OMG I was laughing soooo hard. And when she is singing. DAMN! This is why women should be allowed to be as retarded in movies as men. They are funny as fuck. She was as funny as any other funny guy in any other funny role I have seen. I want more Ursula!!!

  • Aug. 20, 2005, 2:26 p.m. CST

    OH and this movie is now OFFICIALLY full of A LIST comody actors

    by antonphd

    I have NEVER seen a movie that was SO full of carreer making characters!! Everyone of the actors in this movie out shined 90% of the funny actors in comedies right now. THIS should be a new rule. NO MORE one single 'funny' actor movies. I want funny movies where ALL of the characters get to shine. I have honestly NEVER seen a movie that allowed all of the actors to have there MOMENTS to shine like this movie. It was wonderful to see. This movie is already a CLASSIC. And you HAVE to see it more than once. I saw it twice last night. Sortof. The power went out in half the city so it stopped the movie half way into it. But everyone in our movie just got up and laughed and talked about the movie and laughed and you could hear everyone saying how they were glad that they were going to get to see the first half of the movie again for free. That's a damn funny movie. People left a movie that stopped half way thru and rather than being pissed... were just having a good time... cause they already got their money's worth 10 times over only having seen half the movie.

  • Aug. 20, 2005, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Am I the only one who didn't think Anchorman was all that fu

    by 3 Bag Enema

    Probably not. I'll skip this one.

  • Aug. 20, 2005, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Smokey McSpliff

    by DocPazuzu

    Nice one. What really gets me about those moronic "victimized" teens is how INCREDIBLY much they're going to kick themselves in the ass in the years to come when they realize how unbelievably stupid they were to snitch on their teachers. Not to mention the indelible stamp of "DUMBASS" in neon letters on their foreheads which they'll never outlive in the eyes of their peers. "You had WHAT?!?! And you did WHAT?!?!?!?"

  • Aug. 20, 2005, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Hollywood shovels this crap into theaters, and still denies audi

    by Bob of the Shire

    I'll only back down after a visionary epic is made on the life and times of the world's first black zeppelin pilot.

  • Aug. 20, 2005, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Just Saw This

    by Aquaf@g

    The reviews are far kinder than I would be. This movie is OK. I much preferred Wedding Crashers to this. I'm not sure why anyone would rate this a superior film, but apples and oranges I suppose. On a pure laugh by laugh basis, Wedding Crashers is far above this. This movie comes across like an ABC After School Special With an R rating. To a degree, so does Wedding Crashers, but this movie really beats you over the head with it. I'm not sure if the message is "Virgins are people too" or "Sex gets in the way of a realationship sometimes," but it's got a message all right. I would have liked this movie much better if it was a pleasant surprise on cable, rather than an overly praised "comedy of the year." Wedding Crashers still holds that title IMHO. Wedding Crashers has more boobs, more laughs, more flow, and more talent onscreen. The final scene of Virgin is a delight, but the rest of the movie is hit or miss.

  • Aug. 21, 2005, 12:37 a.m. CST

    by foreignerbelt

    look who is so fucking clever with their screen name. I hate you for being better than me.

  • Aug. 21, 2005, 1:11 a.m. CST

    It Was Available

    by Aquaf@g

    What were the odds?

  • Aug. 21, 2005, 11:44 a.m. CST

    I didn't think Anchorman was that funny either

    by StandandDeliver

    But I thought 40-Year-Old was great. I liked Wedding Crashers, but thought it was better than that too.

  • Wil Farrel as a drunken, mysogynistic prick anchorman from the 70's? That should have written itself but it really didn't have that many laughs. Wedding Crashers I thought was great though

  • Aug. 21, 2005, 4:03 p.m. CST

    by foreignerbelt

    you guys are crazy. Anchorman, in response to a very early post, was obviously Farrel's breakout. not Elf. It was really really ridiculously good looking. I mean funny. And everyone liked it. Until, of course, I read some 3 or 4 posts on this site. But everyone in real life liked it. I was crying. constantly. as in, multiple extremely funny scenes. "I am in a glass case of emotion!" Come on. Goulet.

  • Aug. 21, 2005, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Psalmolive and all others who are like him... one word for you,

    by Russman

    I love this movie but come on you guys in the real world... just hire a pro to take care of ya. You'll feel so much better. Not all of them are disese carrying sacks of pus...only the street ones are. Psalmolive, go get your freak on...depending on where you live it could be as low as $150. And lets face it guys... everyone pays for sex and sex with a hooker is the most honest sex you can ever get.

  • Aug. 21, 2005, 9:24 p.m. CST

    I'm amazed at people who didn't like this movie

    by symphy

    In the sold-out show I saw it at, it was almost impossible to hear the jokes because everyone (including me) was laughing so hard. I have to see it again just to see everything I missed! The critics are right -- easily the best comedy of the summer, if not the year.

  • Aug. 21, 2005, 11:44 p.m. CST

    Wasn't bad, wasn't great, wasn't what everyone makes

    by TomPalpatine

    First off, the Steve Correll or whatever his name is cannot carry a film. There's an attractive ugly, like Steve Buscemi, then there's the uncomfortably ugly, like Steve Correll. Also, this film just looked bad. I like my comedies to have an upbeat colorful look, ala Something About Mary or Meet the Fockers, this one had a drab pallette that made for an uninteresting world to watch for 2 hours. Also, the script was all over the place, and could have stood some editing. Unnecessary scenes/sequences that come to mind: Steve takes Trish's daughter to planned parenthood, the whole Beth storyline (would be useful if it had a relevent payoff).

  • Aug. 21, 2005, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Paul Rudd doing his best Will Ferrill

    by TomPalpatine

    I usually like Rudd, but he was miscast in this role, didn't give him a chance to shine. Look for the scene where he gives Steve the box of porn, his delivery is just like Will Ferrill, distractingly so. Also, the title: 40 Year Old Virgin, while funny initially, really leaves a sticky feeling on your fingers doenst' it.?