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The 40 Year Old Virgin
One man nervously ventures forth into the final frontier in this comedy starring comic actor Steve Carell. Andy Stitzer (Carell) is a cheerfully geeky guy who is settling into middle age with his large collection of comic books, action figures, and collectable models. Andy works in an electronics store, and seems reasonably happy with his life. However, one day his friends and co-workers David (Paul Rudd), Jay (Romany Malco), and Cal (Seth Rogen) discover that Andy has a secret -- due to his rather severe jitters around women, Andy is still a virgin. Andy's pals are appalled at this state… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If it were 20 minutes shorter, it would be that much closer to perfect."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"Count me among the naysayers."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Apatow's creative miscalculation here extends well beyond forgetting to give his characters much to do: He made a comedy that's just not very funny"
‑ Chris Barsanti, Film Racket
"Simultaneously subversive and reactionary"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Mr. Carell and Mr. Apatow traffic in random humor and though their ability to sustain it is impressive, it's at the expense of any real emotion. Which is a bit ironic."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"At its best it resembles one of those classic early-'80s comedies starring Steve Martin -- the thinking man's Woody Allen -- boasting an acute mix of desperation, dignity, lunacy and indecorous wit."
‑ , Time Out
"It's truly dirty and truly romantic at the same time, a combination that's very hard to pull off."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"Judd Apatow might have been crowned the savior of American comedy, but the brutal truth is that he peaked with this, his first major hit. Sadly, so did Steve Carell. So savor this perfect moment that they shared, and scripted, together."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Leave it to Judd Apatow to take a simple concept you'd find in basically any sex comedy, and add his own original twist on it."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Appeals equally to fans of no-holds-barred gross-out movies and those looking for something more intelligent. It's hilarious, surprisingly perceptive, and even sweet."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"Apatow genuinely loves his hero, and the film's innate sweetness carries it through the rough patches of a funny comedy with a central relationship that isn't particularly funny."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"It's worth making a date with The 40-Year-Old Virgin. You won't go home disappointed."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"A pleasant surprise, The 40 Year Old Virgin stands apart from other gross out comedies mainly because of how it deals with the films main theme."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"funny all way through"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"An infuriatingly-offensive, soft-porn primer on how to treat girls as objects who exist at the disposal of men."
‑ Kam Williams, Princeton Town Topics
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