The 40 Year Old Virgin 2005 Movie Information
Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd and Kat Dennings star in The 40 Year Old Virgin, the hysterically funny comedy about a 40 year old man who has never had a serious relationship, let alone sleep with a women. The 40-Year-Old Virgin is a 2005 American comedy film, written by Judd Apatow and co-written by Steve Carell, though it featured a great deal of improvised dialogue. It also stars Catherine Keener, Romany Malco, Seth Rogen (who was also the co-producer) and Paul Rudd, as well as featuring Leslie Mann (Apatow's wife) and Nancy Walls (Carell's wife) in small roles.
The film received its general U.S. theatrical release on 19 August 2005 and was released on region 1 DVD on 13 December 2005.
Andy Stitzer (Steve Carell) is the 40 year old virgin of the title. While a very pleasant and well-meaning guy with an attractive appearance and physique, he is something of a stereotypical nerd, as he lives alone, collects action figures, enjoys video games, framed a poster of eighties rock band Asia, and his social life seems to consist of watching Survivor with his elderly neighbors. And, of course, he has never had sex.
Andy works in the stockroom at an electronics store called SmartTech. His co-workers include the affable David (Paul Rudd), who is tormented by memories of his old girlfriend Amy (Mindy Kaling); the burly Cal (Seth Rogen), a self-proclaimed novelist and stoner; and Jay (Romany Malco), who is something of a ladies' man with the mannerisms of a gangster. One night, these three ask Andy to play poker with them (purely for lack of anyone else to invite). Andy turns out to be surprisingly good at poker from endless practice playing online, but while swapping sex stories during the game, they quickly figure out that Andy is still a virgin, and resolve to help him lose his virginity.
Andy is at first reluctant to go along with them, but after a heartfelt talk with David, he agrees to give it a try. The gang’s efforts prove to be unsuccessful: they take Andy to a bar, where Jay advises him to hit on drunk women, but this backfires when the girl Andy leaves with drives the two of them home drunk and then throws up on him; Jay recommends that Andy get his chest waxed, but Andy finds it so painful that he leaves halfway through; David gives Andy his "big box of porn" to help him “loosen up” sexually, but to no avail; they all go to a speed dating lunch, with no success. Later, Cal tells Andy how to talk to women properly, which surprisingly results in a girl named Beth (Elizabeth Banks) actually taking a liking to him. As he begins to bond with his co-workers, Andy starts to open up and true friendships begin to form. In addition, Andy impresses his boss (Jane Lynch) with his salesmanship and promotes him to floor manager.
Eventually, after Jay hires Andy a prostitute who turns out to be a transvestite, Andy tells them that he is taking matters into his own hands, and he lands a date with Trish Piedmont (Catherine Keener), a mother of three who works in a store across the street from SmartTech. Their first date goes well, and they almost end up having sex, but Andy can’t figure out how to use a condom, and then they are interrupted by Trish’s teenage daughter Marla (Kat Dennings) outraged at the fact that her mother is allowed to have sex, yet she isn't. On their next date, Andy decides to tell Trish he is a virgin, but just before he does so, she suggests that they postpone having sex for a while, an idea to which Andy enthusiastically agrees; they decide that they won’t have sex until their twentieth date. Meanwhile, David runs into his ex-girlfriend Amy, which prompts him to become unstable and eventually resort to celibacy, citing Andy as an inspiration. Jay’s girlfriend breaks up with him when she finds out he’s been cheating on her and sends him into a downward spiral when he explodes at an obnoxious customer. Andy comforts Jay who reveals his breakup with Jill and advises Andy that for a relationship to last, the sex has to be left out.
Andy's friends' problems sort themselves out, however, so they learn nothing. Jay's girlfriend realizes she is pregnant and takes him back; and Cal hires an attractive young woman to work in the stockroom in order to lure David out of celibacy.
Andy and Trish’s relationship is a strong one, with Trish even convincing Andy to sell his precious collectible action figures in order to raise enough money to open his own store someday. While at work, Andy is promoted to floor manager because of his surprising talents as a salesman. Things are going well until they finally reach the twentieth date, at which point Andy panics and they have a big argument which ends with him storming out. He turns up at a nightclub where Jay is celebrating his girlfriend’s pregnancy, and proceeds to get very drunk. He runs into Beth at the bar, and they leave for her apartment. Meanwhile, David finally relinquishes his celibacy and hooks up with Bernadette, and Trish’s daughter Marla convinces her to go and make up with Andy.
At Beth’s apartment, Andy sobers up and starts to have second thoughts. Then, his three friends arrive at the apartment to talk him out of it, so he leaves to make up with Trish. When Andy gets home, he finds Trish waiting for him; she has found David’s big box of porn, and now considers Andy to be some sort of sexual deviant, and leaves in disgust. Andy chases her car on his bike (to the music of Heat of the Moment by Asia), and gets involved in an accident which results in him being thrown through a two sided billboard truck and landing on the road in front of traffic. She rushes to his side in concern, and he finally confesses to her that he is a virgin. She realizes this is why he has been acting so strangely, and they tell each other that they love each other.
They end up getting married with everyone in attendance, and finally consummate their relationship on their wedding night. Andy finally loses his virginity with Trish in their hotel room. The film ends with an over-the-top Hair-style musical scene in which the cast of the film sing and dance to the song "Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In".
August 19th, 2005 (USA)
Romantic / Comedy
Steve Carell ... Andy Stitzer
Catherine Keener ... Trish
Paul Rudd ... David
Romany Malco ... Jay
Seth Rogen ... Cal
Elizabeth Banks ... Beth
Leslie Mann ... Nicky
Jane Lynch ... Paula
Gerry Bednob ... Mooj
Shelley Malil ... Haziz
Kat Dennings ... Marla
Jordy Masterson ... Mark (as Jordan Masterson)
Chelsea Smith ... Julia
Jonah Hill ... eBay Customer
Erica Vittina Phillips ... Jill
Marika Dominczyk ... Bernadette
Mindy Kaling ... Amy
Mo Collins ... Gina
Gillian Vigman ... Woman at Speed Dating
Kimberly Page ... Woman at Speed Dating
Siena Goines ... Woman at Speed Dating
Charlie Hartsock ... Speed Dating MC
Nancy Walls ... Health Clinic Counselor
Cedric Yarbrough ... Dad at Health Clinic
David Koechner ... Dad at Health Clinic
Jeff Kahn ... Dad at Health Clinic
Nick Lashaway ... Boy at Health Clinic
Loren Berman ... Boy at Health Clinic
Julian Foster ... Boy at Health Clinic
Loudon Wainwright III ... Priest (as Loudon Wainwright)
Lee Weaver ... Joe
Gloria Helena Jones ... Sara
Jazzmun ... Prostitute
Miki Mia ... Waxing Lady
Denise Meyerson ... Robin
Shannon Bradley ... Bar Girl
Brianna Brown ... Bar Girl (as Brianna Lynn Brown)
Elizabeth Carey ... Bar Girl
Elizabeth DeCicco ... Bar Girl
Hilary Shepard ... Bar Girl
Barret Swatek ... Bar Girl
Carla Gallo ... Toe-Sucking Girl
Michael Bierman ... 16 Year-Old Andy
Marisa Guterman ... Girl with Braces
Stormy ... Porn Star (as Stormy Daniels)
Kevin Hart ... Smart Tech Customer
Wayne Federman ... Smart Tech Customer
Ron Marasco ... Smart Tech Customer
Joseph T. Mastrolia ... Smart Tech Customer
Kate Luyben ... Woman Buying Videotapes
Joe Nunez ... Man Buffing Floor (as Joseph A. Nuńez)
Matthew McKane ... Motorist
Rose Abdoo ... Mother at Restaurant
Steve Bannos ... Father at Restaurant
Brooke Hamlin ... Daughter at Restaurant
Miyoko Shimosawa ... Waitress at Restaurant
Marilyn Dodds Frank ... Woman Who Bought Television
Laura Bottrell ... College Girl (uncredited)
Penny Drake ... Redhead (uncredited)
Jenna Fischer ... Woman #1 (uncredited)
Mandy Freund ... Speed Dater (uncredited)
Nicole Randall Johnson ... Speed Dater (uncredited)
Brandon Killham ... Young Andy (uncredited)
Stephanie Lemelin ... Woman #2 (uncredited)
Jamie Elle Mann ... Newswoman (uncredited)
Suzy Nakamura ... Speed Dater (uncredited)
Brittney Skye ... Porn Actress (uncredited)
Phyllis Smith ... Andy's Mother (uncredited)
Wyatt Smith ... Boy at Wedding (uncredited)
Kira Turnage ... Customer (uncredited)
Christopher T. Wood ... Cop (uncredited)
A Comedy about the moments that touch us in ways we've never been touched before.
Better Late Than Never.
The Longer You Wait, The Harder It Gets.
Running time Theatrical:
Aspect Ratio:1.85 : 1
Sound Mix:DTS / Dolby Digital / SDDS
Certification:Portugal:M/12 / Chile:14 (extended version) / South Korea:18 / Argentina:16 / Taiwan:R-12 / Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) / Malta:16 / Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) / Malaysia:(Banned) / Ireland:16 / Iceland:16 (video rating) / Spain:18 / Finland:K-11 / Singapore:M18 / Japan:R-15 / Sweden:Btl / Czech Republic:15 / New Zealand:R16 / Norway:15 / Canada:14A (Nova Scotia/Ontario) / Australia:MA / USA:Unrated (unrated version) / Finland:K-15 (extended version) / Brazil:16 / Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba) / Germany:12 / Netherlands:12 / Philippines:R-13 / Iceland:14 / USA:R / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / UK:15
MPAA Rated R for pervasive sexual content, language and some drug use.
Steve Carell was filmed actually having his chest waxed. He was also presented with the option of trimming the hair before filming to lessen the pain, but declined in favor of authenticity. He further stated in an interview on Australia's Rove Live that the scene was unnecessarily painful because the waxers forgot to oil his nipples.
The AHA withheld its "no animals were harmed..." disclaimer due to the accidental deaths of several tropical fish used in the film.
According to Douglas Wolk, author of 'Reading Comics: How graphic novels work and what they mean', there is a longstanding comic book term FYOV (Forty-year-old virgins) used to describe people who only buy comic books for monetary value.
Director Judd Apatow's wife, Leslie Mann plays Nicky, the drunk girl. Mann also plays in many of other films by Apatow.
In one scene, David (Paul Rudd) and Cal (Seth Rogen) are seen playing Mortal Kombat: Deception on an Xbox with Nintendo 64 controllers. When the TV is shown, the Xbox can be seen in the lower right part of the screen, turned off.
This film is referenced in the 2007 Transformers live-action movie. In a scene in which Sam Witwicky(played by Shia LaBeouf) and his father Ron(Kevin Dunn) are out car shopping, Sam refers to a certain car as "the 40-year-old virgin" and another as "the 50-year old virgin".
The film received largely positive reviews: Rotten Tomatoes declared it the "Best Reviewed Comedy of 2005", with 84% of 160 critics giving it a "fresh" review.
Ebert & Roeper gave the film two thumbs up, Ebert saying "I was surprised by how funny, how sweet and how wise the movie really is" and "the more you think about it, the better The 40-Year-Old Virgin gets". The pair offered minor criticisms, with Ebert describing "the way she (Catherine Keener as 'Trish') empathizes with [Andy]" as "almost too sweet to be funny" and Roeper thinking it was too long. Roeper later chose the film as the tenth best of 2005.
Manohla Dargis of The New York Times called the film a "charmingly bent comedy", noting that Carell conveys a "sheer likability" and a "range as an actor" that were "crucial to making this film work as well as it does."
In December 2005, the film was chosen by the American Film Institute as one of the ten best movies of the year, the only comedy film to be so recognized (though the comedy-drama The Squid and the Whale was also chosen). The film was also ranked #30 on Bravo's 100 Funniest Movies.