Review Written by: Will Penley
Directed by: Judd Apatow
Written by: Judd Apatow and Steve Carell
Produced by: Judd Apatow, Shauna Robertson and Clayton Townsend
Starring: Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Romany Malco, Jane Lynch, Gerry Bednob
Buy it!, Buy it, rent it or skip it: Buy it
"You know how I know you're gay? You like Coldplay."
Steve Carell is very quickly becoming one of my favorite comedians. After great roles in Bruce Almighty
, plus his work in the American version of The Office
, I believe he has finally become a household name with his performance in The 40 Year Old Virgin
. The film is one of the latest in the new trend of R-rated blockbuster comedies that was started by Old School
and includes other films like Bad Santa
, Wedding Crashers
. What do all of these comedies have in common? They are, quite simply, hysterical. That's what you'll get here in The 40 Year Old Virgin
Andy Stitzer (Steve Carell) is 40 years old. He's got a good job at an electronics store, an extremely valuable collection of action figures and comics books and a pleasant nature. There's really only one thing wrong in his life. After 40 years, he's still a virgin. For him, it isn't much of a problem, but when his friends (Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Romany Malco) from the store learn of his lifelong purity, they become determined to get him laid, much to his chagrin. Things become even more complicated when Andy falls for Trish (Catherine Keener), a hot grandmother who is attracted to him but wants to keep sex out of the relationship. Will Andy ever get it on with Trish?
The 40 Year Old Virgin
is a very crude and funny film, mainly focusing on Andy's antics with his friends, but there's also a very sweet subplot involving his relationship with Trish. The script for the film is very smart, packed to the gills with clever jokes, but I was actually expecting the comedy to be a lot wilder a la Anchorman
. Even the infamous chest-waxing scene isn't as funny as it could have been, mostly relying on Carell letting the expletives fly for laughs. The DVD features the unrated version of the film, which is 17 minutes longer than the theatrical cut. Though I did see the film theatrically, I only noticed one scene I hadn't seen before. However, the new scenes, whatever they may be, don't hurt the film at all, and I give it a solid "A-" grade.
The video and audio on the disc are both very good with no apparent problems in the anamorphic widescreen transfer or the Dolby 5.1 mix. An "A-" for both. There are a lot of extras included in the package starting with a fantastic commentary track featuring director Judd Apatow, star Steve Carell and several of the other actors. It's a very lively, funny track filled with numerous anecdotes on the film's production. Overall, a great listen. This is followed by eleven deleted/alternate/extended scenes, most of which include optional commentary by Apatow and actor/co-producer Seth Rogen. It's easy to see why these were cut from the film, but they're a nice watch nonetheless.
Next up is the "Waxing Doc," which documents the filming of the chest-waxing scene. It's a great short, cutting back and forth from the actual filming to Carell regretting ever writing the thing. "My Date with Stormy" covers actor/co-producer Seth Rogen's meeting with Stormy Daniels, one of the porn stars featured in the film. The "Line-O-Rama" is basically just a series of different versions of lines from the script, some of which are featured in the final cut. There's also a gag reel loaded with blown lines and on-set laughs. Amusing, to say the least. While I would have liked some more behind-the-scenes material, I still give the extras a "B+" grade. However, a note to Universal: start putting trailers on your DVDs again. I miss them.
If you're mad about Old School
, run out and buy this one right now. However, everyone else might want to take a test drive before purchase.