15 certificateThe 40 Year Old Virgin is a Film programme that first aired in 2005 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

The 40 Year Old Virgin is a 4 star programme

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The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)

Directed by
Judd Apatow

Although the plot has a slightly thin premise, surprisingly this 2005 lightweight romcom works quite well. Following his show-stealing performances in Bruce Almighty and Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy, Steve Carell moved centre stage with a leading role. He plays Andy Stitzer, a 40-year-old electronics store worker, whose colleagues discover that he has never had a girlfriend and is still a virgin. They set about helping him to meet that special someone - by any means necessary.

Despite a few hit-and-miss gags and a feeling that the film is a shade too long, there are plenty of laughs throughout. Particular highlights include a less than conventional speed-dating scene and a legendary waxing scene that will make you wince.

What separates this from the stream of recent gross-out movies is the underlying sense of heart and sweetness as Stitzer chooses to wait for the right woman rather than lose his virginity with the less than appealing options that his friends present him with.

Underpinned by Carell's charming and likeable performance and a sense of originality lacking in other movies of this genre, this is one of the better comedies of recent years and well worth checking out.

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Genre: Film

Production Year: 2005

4/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Steve CarellSteve Carell...Andy Stitzer
Catherine Keener...Trish
Image for Paul RuddPaul Rudd...David
Romany Malco...Jay
Image for Seth RogenSeth Rogen...Cal
Image for Elizabeth BanksElizabeth Banks...Beth
Image for Leslie MannLeslie Mann...Nicky
Image for Jane LynchJane Lynch...Paula
Gerry Bednob...Mooj
Shelley Malil...Haziz
Image for Kat DenningsKat Dennings...Marla
Jordy Masterson...Mark
Chelsea Smith...Julia
Image for Jonah HillJonah Hill...eBay Customer
Erica Vittina Phillips...Jill