Sunday, September 04, 2005

The 40 Year-Old Virgin

Go see The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Go ahead. I'll still be here when you get back.
Seriously, go. Now!

Back from the movie? Wasn't it great? How 'bout that final scene? Yeah, same here.

Meg and I chose Steve Carell over Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson with the flip of a coin and the fates have never been more right.
The 40-Year-Old Virgin carries an R rating and it doesn't take a rocket surgeon to figure out what most of the comedy centers around, but unlike most raunchy sex comedies targeting a 17-year-old audience (or one of equal mentality), Virgin takes the high road, taking a more mature attitude (if only slightly) and actually weaving in some symbolism and--wait for it--moral responsibility!
Carell's character, Andy, works in the stock room of an electronics store. When he's invited to a late-night poker game by his coworkers (Paul Rudd, Romany Malco and Seth Rogen) his action figure collecting, video game playing lonely life gets shaken up. As you might imagine, the bulk of the story is about Andy's ineptitude in social situations his coworkes push him into. Some of the scenes felt unfinished or slow, but Carell's brand of comedy overcomes those challenges. The attitude and camaraderie among the coworkers is reminiscent of banter among 20-somethings (think Swingers or even Office Space) and I dare say I've heard some of those exact lines uttered around an XBox.
While the movie has its share of language and adult themes, I was gladdened to see that the story had relatively high moral standards. I won't give anything away here, but I will say that after two hours of laugh-out-loud comedy, it's a great feeling to walk out of the theater and not feel like you need a shower. And the very last scene... outstanding.

I dub this movie the best R-rated comedy since Shaun of the Dead and Old School.


Blogger Joe Dorn said...

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