When I first saw the premise for The 40 Year-Old Virgin, I immediately dismissed it as juvenile and stupid. But when I caught the previews during a showing of Wedding Crashers, I was surprised that it seemed cute and maybe even a little endearing.
So, when I snagged my sneak preview passes courtesy of The Patriot-News, I grabbed my as-of-late usual movie date and headed to Regal Cinemas. My hopes were still not high for the film, but I at least had some interest in seeing what it was about.
Here’s the lowdown …
This movie is effing hilarious. Funnier than Wedding Crashers, which if you saw it, is pretty damn funny. Virgin had the entire audience rolling with laughter throughout the film.
Oddly, the best scene in the film is one that is briefly highlighted in the trailer, the “waxing” scene. Often slapstick incidents like this are promoted in the preview, but then don’t add to much in the movie itself.
However, you may have read that star Steve Carrell, instead of using a makeup crew and acting out the chest waxing, truly had his own chest hair ripped out for the scene. As Carrell hoped, you can see the pain and surprise in his eyes, and it’s just that much funnier. The supporting cast’s attempt to hold back giggles just adds to the humor and realism of the shot.
If you like comedies, you have to see this. Of course, this one isn’t for the kiddies. It has an R-rating for a reason. The whole premise is, of course, sex, plus there is adult situations and excessive adult language.