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(Film Review) The 40 Year Old Virgin

I'm not a big fan of comedies. Especially American comedies. Mainly because a lot of comedies are just totally inane and I just don't find them funny at all. I appreciate good comedy - or at least comedy that I feel is good. This is one thing where I am elitist in film. I thought American Pie was awful and even despite bribes you'd never get me to go and see 'Dude Where's My Car!" or any of it's ilk.

So it is rather strange that I watched, let alone brought, The 40 Year Old Virgin.

The reason? Well, a number of friends whose opinions I trust on the subject (including some of you guys and gals on LJ who saw the film last year) raved about it so much I decided I would actually give it a go.

Boy am I glad I did.

The 40 Year Old Virgin is probably one of the best films - let alone comedy films - I've seen in ages. I found myself laughing loads and the situations and script are intelligently (ok so intelligently might be the wrong word here) handled. You can tell that the screenwriters and the director approached this looking for a higher standard of adult humour than many of their counterparts who seem to be just out for cheap laughs.

The lead character, Andy, is a complete geek. Which is even mroe entertaining as I'm sure I've met several 'Andys' in my time within the games and comics worlds. Andy paints miniatures, reads comics, collects action figures and plays computer games. He is a geek. Maybe this is an extra reason why I found the film so amusing, I don't know.

Anyway, if you haven't seen this film go and rent a copy. You shouldn't be disappointed. It's hilarious (although it does suffer from a typical "not sure how to end this" Hollywood ending which is a shame).

School Report: A- (You know you're gay)

Trish: I'm throwing myself at you and all you can think about are fucking toys.
Andy Stitzer: They're not fucking toys! This is Ironman, okay?
Jay: Dude, it's not a big deal that you like to fuck guys. I'm cool, I got friends who fuck guys... in jail.
Andy Stitzer: [painting his toy figure] I'm gonna make your silver pants blue!


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 8th, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC)
Dude, Where's My Car is one of the greatest sci-fi comedies of all time!

Would you see it if I told you it had aliens?

Jesse: Wait a second, let's recap. Last night, we lost my car, we accepted stolen money from a transsexual stripper, and now some space nerds want us to find something we can't pronounce. I hate to say it, Chester, but maybe we need to cut back on the shibbying.
[Chester slaps him]
Jesse: Thanks, dude.
May. 9th, 2006 01:52 am (UTC)
I contest that...

The greatest is Lilo & Stitch.

Though if you ahve not seen 'Mean Girls' you should watch it.
May. 9th, 2006 02:17 am (UTC)
I cannot deny that Lilo & Stitch is the greatest animated sci-fi comedy ever!
May. 9th, 2006 08:31 pm (UTC)
American comedies were better 30-40 years ago. Now they are usually potty humor. There were some things in American Pie that I found funny but the disgusting things made me ill to watch.

That's not to say there aren't exceptions but I find most U.S. made sitcoms really boring as well. The few shows I ever do watch on TV are usually either dramas or sci-fi.
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