I heart Steve Carrell. For me, he is the ultimate comedian. While he is not tons of physical comedy (think Jim Carrey), he does not only have dry sarcasm or do rehearsed jokes or characters. He s just your average guy who you want to be your friend and is really stinkin’ funny. That’s why when 40-Year Old Virgin came out I was smitten.
It is funny to me because in some ways it is the perfect date movie. It is ridiculously funny, guys love it, ladies love it…there is something for everyone. Most importantly, behind the disgusting jokes and hair removal scene there is a sweet romance about a guy who is just looking for love.
If you are one of the six people who hasn’t seen this movie, here is the premise:
Andy Stitzer (Steve Carell) has a pleasant life with a nice apartment and a job stamping invoices at an electronics store. But at age 40, there’s one thing Andy hasn’t done, and it’s really bothering his sex-obsessed male co-workers: Andy is still a virgin. Determined to help Andy get laid, the guys make it their mission to de-virginize him. But it all seems hopeless until Andy meets small business owner Trish (Catherine Keener), a single mom.
Three reasons that 40-Year Old Virgin Won’t “F” You Up!
1. Steve Carrell’s character shows us a guy we don’t see that often in movies. A nice guy that is actually looking for a real relationship. We see so many players, a*sholes, tough guys, immature idiots and men who learn “the life lesson” that they actually want love too. There are, however, a large number of men who are looking for happy committed relationships and want to be in love just as much as women. I love that Andy shows us “that guy.” Trust me ladies, they do exist!
2. I love how they took their relationship slowly…I mean what is everyone in such a rush about? For the movie it was because he was nervous (which does happen!) about having sex, but we were able to see a real relationship grow in the process.
3. Although Andy is the central character, Trish (Catherine Keener) really holds her own as a strong female who shows confusion and frustration when Andy doesn’t want to sleep with her. Which, I think, is a realistic response from a lot of women I know and coach. When he finally does tell her she is able to understand and they work through it together.
So what do you think?