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Movie Review: The 40 Year Old Virgin

Alternate Title: Johnny One Joke

Story: If you are a fifteen year old boy or a developmentally arrested young man, this film is for you. Everyone else should steer clear of this repetitive, one joke mess.

I like Steve Carell (TV's The Daily Show) and thought the film might be cleverly amusing. Except for an occasional belly laugh it is sophomoric and boring. How many ways can you embarrass a 40 year old virgin? Well, director Judd Apatow tries them all. From the awkward bar scene encounters, to practicing come on lines with unassuming women, it has all been done before. From a concept by Steve Carell and written for the screen by Carell and Apatow it is good for about a 22 minute sit com. After that it gets old and stale very quickly.

If you have seen the much advertised trailer, that should be enough for you.

Acting: Steve Carell stays in character throughout. But it is just not enough to hold one's interest. The rest of the cast is stereotypical and includes, Paul Rudd and Catherine Keener.

Predilection: None.

Critters: None

Visual Art: A great apartment filled with funny action figures that our virgin has collected (and maintained their value by keeping them in their original box) just like the virgin, himself.

Theater Audience: Five guys and me.

Sappy Factor: 3

Quirky Meter: 0

Predictability Level: High

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: HA!

Soap Box: It was too boring to get on a soapbox.

Nit Picking: It was way too long at just under two hours.

Big Screen or Rental: Neither.

Length: Just under two hours.