In theaters August 19th
Review by Matt, aka Iron-Cow
Iron Man. The Mummy. Aquaman. Racer X. The Creature from the Black Lagoon. The Fantastic Four. Darkseid. The Hulk. Spider-Man. Steve Austin, the Six Million Dollar Man...They all make cameos in this summer's laugh fest The 40 Year-Old Virgin.
Honestly, I don't know where to even begin describing this film. It is packed from end to end with "Easter eggs" and eye candy. If you've ever bought a figure specifically to display because "I like how it looks carded," well, then this movie is a must-see for you. The in-jokes are constant, and I can tell already that so many of us will be still-framing the DVD to inspect all of Andy's display cases and shots of his carded toy collection throughout his apartment. I don't want to reveal too much about what's in store, but let me just say seeing a close-up of the Marvel Legends Elektra figure on a gigantic screen was something I simply never expected I'd ever see. And yet, they aren't catered strictly to the toy nerd. It simply adds another layer to the film, but never takes away from the picture itself.
As far as the movie itself, goes, I was completely surprised by how much heart is in The 40-Year Old Virgin. Based solely on the previews, I had expected Andy (Steve Carell) to be something of a kind, but dumb, moron-type. The sort of guy that was oblivious to the situation around him. Nothing could be further from the truth. Andy is such a heart-felt, absolutely believable character. I was surprised by just how "genuine" he is. He's not a virgin because he's an absolute weirdo (well, okay, he has some issues, but don't we all?) but because of how certain things in life just backfired and this is how he dealt with it. Andy also isn't the stereotypical toy-nerd, either. He's just a regular guy like you and me, who happens to like toys. [Ed note: The essence of the Millionaire Playboy!]
The whole cast is fantastic, actually. Paul Rudd, Catherine Keener, Seth Malco and especially Romany Malco all deliver spot-on perfect performances. Whether it's a joke, or anecdote, or regular ol' "acting", none of the characters is even remotely cardboard. Sure, they have their goofy crazy moments, but I never felt like I was watching a sitcom. Rather, I felt like those could be my own buddies on screen. Well, if I was a 40-Year Old Virgin, that is. For as outrageous as some of the situations might have become if someone else were in the role, Steve Carell handles the role of Andy with absolute sincerity and grounds the character in complete believability. The same goes for the rest of the cast and crew.
Again, it's tough talking about a movie without giving away any of the surprises, since they're non-stop, but this movie was the funniest thing I've seen in ages. The jokes are absurd, obscene (and damn funny), the "Easter eggs" are non-stop (and it's not just toys), the story is great, that they managed to work in scenes from the new Dawn of the Dead was simply inspired...but above all, every situation in there felt that I could relate to it somehow. Nothing came across as unbelievable.
One word of caution: avoid getting a large soda. I've heard that people have "peed themselves laughing" before. I always assumed that was just a figure of speech and never took it literally. Well, last night, I can see where the phrase came from. This movie is so funny, and at times excruciating to watch (in a good way), that you'll find yourself doubled-over and squirming at the same time. That is Andy's actual chest hair that gets ripped out, and if THAT doesn't make you laugh, nothing will.
Plus, Aquaman has got some good screen time, which is always fun.
ps. For you people that stay through the credits, you don't have to this time around. There aren't any "bonus scenes" once the movie is done, but from the moment it starts until the moment the picture ends, The 40-Year Old Virgin is non-stop fun. Watch it.
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Here you can visit the Official site for trailers, clips and more.
CROSS BRANDING PLUGThe toe-sucking girl in this movie, Carla Gallo, starred in Undeclared, the DVD box set we just reviewed. This show is hilarious.
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