You Really, Really, Really, Really Need to See This Movie

Photo: Poster photo for 'The 40 Year Old Virgin'.

I laughed all through the movie. Steve Carell’s bang-on portrayal of a

nerdy man-child, the strong supporting cast (especially Seth Rogen and

his often-ad-libbed performance as a grown-up version of his Freaks and Geeks

character), the endless tream of good jokes (even the ethnic humor got

done just right) and the best movie ending in a long time all made it

that rarest of things: a movie I’d gladly see again in the theatre

during its first run. It’s both a “boy’s night out” film with a heart

and a date movie

that won’t make you feel as if you’ve been chloroformed.

It really pushes the R-rating on the swearing, but it’s no worse than

the way a good number of otherwise upstanding individuals speak all the

fucking time.

If my endorsement is not sufficient, you could always listen to the

movie critics, who by and

large loved the film.

3 replies on “You Really, Really, Really, Really Need to See This Movie”


I was won over the moment it opened with Joe Walsh’s Life of Illusion, right through to that ending. Comedy is usually about cruelty, and laughing at the pain of another (and this movie does allow for a bit of slapstick during the waxing scene) but it’s not about laughing at the main character’s sexual status, as the title might suggest. Especially as we get to know the screwed-up lives of his sexually active co-stars. Ultimately every character aspires to help the main character in their own way, and that’s a caring that is rare in American movies.

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