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Full-Grown Adults Make You Open Wide And Say “Ha” In The Summer’s Kabillionth Sex Comedy

VIRGIN AND JUICE: Steve Carell (left) hopes to turn off the lights and close the doors with Catherine keener.

The 40 Year-Old Virgin

Director:Judd Apatow
Cast:Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd, Romany Malco, Seth Rogen
Genre:Romantic Comedy

Opens Aug. 19

By Joe MacLeod | Posted 8/17/2005

America hates people who can’t get laid, right? No offense, but most of the time that’s you, and that’s why Hollywood spends so much time reminding you how hot you aren’t, and makes movies with all the hot-hot-hot ladies and gents who get top billing up on the big screen in the dark room while they’re playing musical mattresses between the scandal sheets and on the TV entertainment “news.”

You can’t play in their league, America, but you can pony up several dollars to see what it’s all about, OK? Maybe if you watch carefully, you can improve your Game, eh? Hollywood also enjoys to make for you the sex comedies, yeah, Holly gets serious Wood when you pay to laugh about all that sex you’re always thinking about every five minutes or whatever the current survey says.

Hey, quick, just like, right off the top of your genitals, name some sex comedies in theaters now or “coming soon,” as it were. Lessee, we got Wedding Crashers, where guys who probably don’t have to go right ahead and lie their way all up in between the legs of hormone-besotted wedding-reception honeys, and there’s the Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo flick, which, like so many other things, is centered around The Penis, and now we got this picture about a 40-year-old guy who has never had sexual intercourse. Never, not once, and he’s got a job and everything, and he’s not mentally retarded or disfigured or insane. The question is, are you gonna laugh with him or at him?

In this case you can lie back and go both ways, baby, seriously. Deadpan-straight-poker-faced Steve Carell of Bruce Almighty, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, and television’s The Daily Show takes the title role and fucks the shit out of it. Yeah, sure, you’re gonna feel a wee bit sorry for this lonely, semigeeky guy (collects action figures) who for various reasons just sort of gave up on trying to “get some,” and, oh yeah, that means he also kinda gave up on trying to build a relationship with someone special as well, but the unsullied two-score-old also has a lot of integrity and would treat women like equals if he had the nerve to step to one.

In this case, refreshingly enough, the One (after some amusing others, notably the drink-tastic turn by Leslie Mann from The Cable Guy and Stealing Harvard) just might be bitchy, twitchy, makes-your-pants-itchy Catherine Keener, whom you may recognize from such movies as Lovely and Amazing, Being John Malkovich, and, uh, Death to Smoochy. Anyway, she and the male lead in this picture actually appear to be the same age, and (we figured this out from the title of the film) that means they are around 40. Exclamation point. Seriously, we got grownups in a sex comedy picking on people their own age. How the fuck did this movie get made, anyway?

Director Judd Apatow (The Larry Sanders Show, Freaks and Geeks) spreads the angst-fueled laughs around with a cast of “normal” people working in an Office Space-flavored big-box electronics store who all, in their own twisted way, try to help our hero with his problem while inadvertently laying out their own junk, which makes celibacy seem more like an appealing answer than a desperate question. Paul Rudd from Wet Hot American Summer, Romany Malco from The Tuxedo and (heh) television’s Too Legit: The MC Hammer Story (the title role, no less), Seth Rogen (Donnie Darko, Freaks and Geeks), and Jane Lynch (A Mighty Wind, Best in Show) step up and put out shamelessly for the funny as Carell pulls his pants down and gets serious ha-ha-head. Rated R for “pervasive sexual content, language, and some drug use,” which is how most of you are getting laid tonight, anyway, but look, lie back, relax, and it’ll be over in about two hours, OK? Yeah.

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