Box art for The 40 Year-Old Virgin - UNRATED

The 40 Year-Old Virgin - UNRATED


Sweet natured 40-year-old Andy's got a cushy job, a nice apartment with a proud collection of action figures and comic books. But there's just one thing he hasn't quite gotten around to doing yetnot even by accident.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    85%
  • Audience Score
    84%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
Sex
5 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

A one-joke sex comedy that is not for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie is focused on a man's effort to lose his virginity. To that end, it leans heavily on verbal jokes and sight gags related to sex: crude slang for sexual activity, genitals, erections, bodily fluids, breasts, and dildos. By way of example: the first joke has to do with a woman having sex with a horse, though the language is much coarser and repetitive. The virgin and his three male coworkers/friends spend most of their time talking about sex, showing off or complaining about their conquests. They make homophobic remarks, go to bars and parties, ogle women (at one point, they see two girls kiss), play violent video games and watch violent (Dawn of the Dead [1978]) and pornographic movies. Women wear revealing outfits (one shows a nipple during a speed-date conversation), drink, drive badly, and throw up. Characters drink repeatedly, smoke pot, and curse frequently; one smokes cigarettes when he's depressed and another spends long minutes trying to put on a condom. Soundtrack features songs about sex and sexual desire (for instance, Missy Elliot's "Get Ur Freak On").

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about virginity as a "choice."
  • How does the movie make the case that, despite his friends' ribbing and his own embarrassment, the virgin represents a kind of romantic ideal, an earnest, awkward, sensitive man in search of a life partner?
  • Why is it significant that all the different men at the store -- Jewish, black, Pakistani, Caucasian -- behave equally badly around women? How does the movie represent women as peripheral or comic objects in relation to the self-centered but also sympathetic male characters?
  • How does Andy's dilemma serve as a metaphor for other, more often acknowledged forms of insecurity?
  • How does Andy learn to appreciate his difference, even as he tries so hard to "fit in"?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Appeals equally to fans of no-holds-barred gross-out movies and those looking for something more intelligent. It's hilarious, surprisingly perceptive, and even sweet.

- Brian Webster, Apollo Guide, Saturday, June 23, 2007

Fresh: The movie belongs to Carell, who takes a one-joke role and turns him into a three-dimensional human being.

- Ethan Alter, Film Journal International, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Leave it to Judd Apatow to take a simple concept youd find in basically any sex comedy, and add his own original twist on it.

- Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed, Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Audience Reviews

5 stars

Throughout your first experience of this film, you will be rolling on the floor laughing, and watching it a second time, you will be as equally enthralled. I really like how a film that runs solely on sex jokes can be so damn original. So, Andy (Steve Carell) is a "40 Year Old Virgin," and is pursuaded by his friends to find a girl to have sex with, ad along the way, he finally finds his first and only true love. This film is very complex for a comedy, which is a huge payoff in the end, and I was left completely and utterly satisfied. Anyone who complains about this film being bad, must have a problem with the plot or something other than the comedy, because the writing is absolutely gut-splittingly hilarious. This film rocks!

- fb733768972, Saturday, July 21, 2012

5 stars

Throughout your first experience of this film, you will be rolling on the floor laughing, and watching it a second time, you will be as equally enthralled. I really like how a film that runs solely on sex jokes can be so damn original. So, Andy (Steve Carell) is a "40 Year Old Virgin," and is pursuaded by his friends to find a girl to have sex with, ad along the way, he finally finds his first and only true love. This film is very complex for a comedy, which is a huge payoff in the end, and I was left completely and utterly satisfied. Anyone who complains about this film being bad, must have a problem with the plot or something other than the comedy, because the writing is absolutely gut-splittingly hilarious. This film rocks!

- fb733768972, Saturday, July 21, 2012

4 stars

Sharp dialogue is the name of this movie. Yes, there are occasional fart, genitalia, or immature jokes thrown around but what elevates this comedy to be an incredible one is the performances and the dialogue. A must watch for all comedy fans. I loved it.

- fb1463751009, Monday, July 2, 2012