She Said: ‘Virgin’ (the movie) scores
With a name like “The 40-year-old Virgin,” a movie could go either way: It could score, or it could strike out.The film scores. (I won’t tell you what happens to Andy, the 40-year-old virgin.)The novelty of the story goes well beyond that of a 40-year-old virgin who fills his free time collecting action figures and playing video games.Each character subtly breaks his or her stereotypical mold to create a fully fleshed-out human being, complete with faults and good intentions. Even the minor characters have heart. And as a change of pace from this summer’s romances, the lead actors actually have chemistry.When Andy’s coworkers find out he’s a virgin, they aim to “cure” him. Each coworker adds a layer of interest to the plot: David (Paul Rudd) caused his ex-girlfriend to change e-mail and physical addresses, yet somehow, he’s not a stalker. Jay (Romany Malco) keeps notes about which women are ready for an instant fling after a lunchtime power dating session – then when his girlfriend finds the scribblings, he blames Andy. Cal (Seth Rogen) hires a 90-pound cutie to carry heavy boxes out of the electronics store the crew works in so David might hook up and forget his obsession. Yes, these are the hands our dear Andy is delivered into – to deliver him from virginity. Not to mention, Andy’s oversexed boss is more than willing to serenade him with Guatemalan love songs and teach him everything she learned since she was 14.”The 40-year-old Virgin” skillfully takes the best of all the great movies that revolve around sex, dating and coming of age. It’s what “Wedding Crashers” should have been.You’d think bodily gross-out jokes would have peaked in such movies as “Animal House” and “Something About Mary,” but somehow, “Virgin” still manages to crack up audiences.Similar to “American Pie,” it imbues its characters with heart, playing up the fragile innocence of sexual ignorance and desire. Watching Andy struggle to tell his hottest sex story during a poker game, we can’t help but cringe through every painful sentence. Watching him take a drunken nymphomaniac home, we can’t help but want to run away. And watching him grow and change, we can’t help but feel a sense of pride.In the end, it spoofs “Hair” – a bold move most movies wouldn’t be able to get away with. But this one works because the story builds and makes us truly feel for Andy. It sends audiences nearly cartwheeling and spinning out of the theater, perhaps wishing they, too, could be 40-year-old virgins – just for the finale.
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