Steve Carell is The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005)
The 40 Year Old Virgin sounds like a porn title but the creators of the film were either absolutely insane or insanely genius, or both.
This 2005 comedy starring Steve Carell, Paul Rudd (not related to Kevin), Romany Malco, Elizabeth Banks, Katherine Keener, Seth Rogan, Leslie Mann with Jane Lynch and written by Jude Apatow and Carell, takes the often taboo subject of sex and turns it upside down.
Carell is Andy Stitzer, a 40 year old employed in an electronic shop and a bona-fide virgin. His colleagues; David (Rudd), Jay (Malco) and Cal (Rogan) see his inexperience as a bad thing and attempt to get him some. However, the attempts do not actually go as planned leading from one disaster to another until he meets Trish (Keener), an attractive grandmother about his age with enough experience in both sex and relationships.
The film puts sex (or lack of) and peer pressure in the spotlight and in a situation that adults can understand.
When Andy’s sexual status becomes known, his friends pressure him into losing the virgin tag with hilarious consequences. However, his friends and colleagues David, Jay and Carl are feeding off his confidence and eventually become more mature because of it.
David comes to realize that there is more to relationships than sex and imposes celibacy on himself while Jay begins to develop a new found respect for the opposite sex and Cal starts to realize that being yourself is more secure than pretending to be someone else.
The audience will probably relate to a lot of the scenes, some which can be quite painful like the waxing scene. The cussing was probably more real than role play as Carell has his hairy chest waxed.
He does an absolutely funny performance even when he tries to keep it serious. The other cast members and the production team also shine out a comedic aura.
The style of comedy incorporated is a new approach to film – taking issues by the balls and laughing about it.
The same team and most of the main cast have been involved in a number of other projects like Knocked Up in which Rudd and Mann’s characters are a couple.
The film contains a lot coarse language and a very high level of sexual references. However, when watching the film, analyze it based on the subject and not on the presentation.
You will be surprised at the relevancy of the film with real life situations. The often sour subject of sex is sugar coated with comedy making this a pill worth taking.