For those of you that haven’t already been informed, SGA will be hosting a Movie Night showing of 40 Year Old Virgin starring Steve Carell (Anchorman’s Brick) at 6p.m. in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center. Becuase of that, here’s a quick run down of 40 Year Old Virgin. (A description, a review, and my commentary.)
40-year-old Andy Stitzer (Steve Carell) has done quite a few things in his life. He’s got a cushy job stamping invoices at an electronics superstore, a nice apartment with a proud collection of action figures and comic books, good friends, a nice attitude. But there’s just one little thing he hasn’t quite gotten around to doing yet–something most people have done by his age. Andy’s never, ever, ever had sex. His friends at the store consider it their duty to help, but nothing proves effective enough until he meets Trish (Catherine Keener), a 40-year-old mother of three. Andy’s friends are psyched by the possibility that “it” may finally happen…until they hear that Andy and Trish have begun their relationship based on a mutual no-sex policy.
People have been giving this movie a B+ (Yahoo Movies) and a 7.2/10 (IMDB)
Overall, 40 Year Old Virgin was a very humorous movie to many of my college friends. Overall it was definetly worth the $8 I paid to see it when it came to theaters. Now, I have the chance to see it again for free on-campus. (Man what a great deal! Oh, and I can even bring a non-YSU Guest!)
As for the humor itself, its very strongly centered on sexual jokes about Andy and his ensuing sexual frustration. The plot isn’t hard to grasp and the prop humor really helps the overall quality of the film. I wouldn’t necesarrily say that the plot is the most complex thing you will find in movies today, but it does create a very nice architecture for the movies to cling to while it bombards you with laughs.
The characters themselves are integral to most of the humor in the movies, their nuances and flaws drive forward the storyline while providing multiple opportunities for comic relief. The main character, Andy, is obviously one of the biggest dorks/nerds you could stereotype into a movie. (He collectes action figures at age 40 and works in an electronics store!)
So overall, I myself would give the movie a 9/10 noting that I couldn’t decide whether or not I liked the ending. It was definetly a funny, but odd, ending.
Another note, for those of you wanting to bring some of the older folk, I would reccomend you didn’t bring anyone approaching 40 (especially if the title offends them already). Many of the non-college people I have talked to did not especially love the movie, and believed it to be downright vulgar. This may be true, but it was indeed intended for the college age crowd and thus its humor appeals more to them.
So, if you’re looking for a great way to spend a few hours of your Thursday, grab a few friends and come over to the Chestnut room of Kilcawley @ 6 p.m. and prepare to laugh so hard it hurts.