Cover Art and Menu: 8/10
That picture of such an innocent looking face…it’s comedy sadness and kind of awkward..I love it. The menus are all pretty much just functional with cut out images of characters in the movie kind of pasted onto a plain background. We aren’t talking menu design genius here folks, just bare bones navigation accessorized with funny sound bites.
- Andy’s Fantasies – Even though the movie has some pretty sex riddled content, these deleted bits go just a bit too far for the R rating.
- My Dinner With Stormy – Seth Rogen, who plays a supporting role in the movie and is a producer does a brief little clip of a sit down dinner with porn star Stormy Daniels. It’s nothing special. You get to see her boob, she acts like an idiot school girl flirting with, well, pretty much anyone. If you like to see big boobs, well, here you go.
- Gag Reel – With a movie like this, the gag reel doesn’t actually seem that far from what you see in the final cut. It’s just a few guffaws and mess ups by the cast, nothing too interesting, but still fun to watch.
- You Know How I Know You’re Gay? – Never-before-seen extra material of the infamous routine.
- Line-O-Rama – This is a collection of potty mouth lines that didn’t make it into the movie. Funny stuff.
- Commentaries – This is a very funny movie, and with that you get several chuckles from the cast and crew who put it all together. These are grown men, right? Or are they prepubescent boys pretending to be men? You be the judge.
- 1970’s Sex Ed Film – The actual Sex Ed film used in the movie. It’s hilarious for all the wrong reasons.
- Rehearsals – More improvised fun and games.
- Cinemax Final Cut – Promotional show from Cinemax with interviews of the cast and director.
- Reel Comedy Round table – Similar to the Cinemax feature but this time taken from Comedy Central.
- Raw Footage – A trio of scenes taken from the cutting room floor, mostly improv, mostly funny.
- Poker Game Rehearsal – Just as the title says.
- Waxing Doc – Arguably one of the funniest scenes in the movie gets the behind the scenes treatment. Steve Carell actually went through the chest waxing process for real and they did the scene live and unrehearsed to get maximum laughs.
- 30 Minutes Of Deleted Scenes – A brilliant collection of deleted scenes with optional commentary by Judd Apatow. These are a must see especially Steve Carell’s super funny extended karaoke performance.
- Judd’s Video Diaries – An extensive behind the scenes video diary which follows the production from Judd Apatow’s point of view over the course of the 52 day shoot.
- U Control Picture In Picture (Blu-Ray Exclusive) – This feature allows you to watch all the previously mentioned extras in a picture in picture mode that plays over the top of the movie.
The Movie: 8/10
I laughed, a lot. I have to say that this is one of the funniest movies I have seen in a long long time. Yes it’s got a lot of low brow comedic gags here and there, but what makes it so genuinely funny is the cast. I won’t single anyone out because they all bring something quirky and hilarious to the screen.
At the heart of it all is a story of a man who has not had the right opportunity to have sex with a women, ever. He’s 40 years old and has a semi-unhealthy obsession with collection action figures and play video games. That’s every middle aged man’s dream, except for the no sex part. Andy is not a total innocent, he’s not dull or dummied down. He’s just a lonely guy looking for love, and some action.
His “friends” at work come across the fact that he’s a virgin and take it upon themselves to rectify the situation. They insist that he try speed dating, picking up drunk girls, and even offer up a lovely call girl to alleviate his condition. The call girl is a man of course, but hey, it’s all for the comedy.
My favorite bits in the movie include the fantastic character who speaks with an Indian accent but insists he’s from Brooklyn. He gives a small speech full of crazy sexual references. He had me at “shit stained balls”…it was true love. Don’t tell my husband. Another favorite moment is when two hapless dudes have a verbal match of “you know how I know you’re gay?” while feverishly playing a video game. It sounds politically incorrect, but it’s harmless and really really funny. The deleted version in the extras section is even better, so don’t skip that little gem.
There’s something about a movie like this that when you hear the title you think, “right, another stupid comedy with nothing to offer but dirty jokes and a lame obvious story..” Or maybe that’s just what I think..haha It’s more than that though. You are endeared to the lonely hearted Andy as you follow him through the gauntlet of what most people think are the ways of finding “love” or sex, whatever. He’s not typical. He’s not looking for a quick physical pleasure. He wants someone to spend his life with and as he slowly discovers who that might be, he has to find a way to bring that little bit of baggage with him into the new relationship and not be embarrassed or worried that she may reject him because of it. It’s touching, ok, I admit it. If you don’t like the sappy stuff just ignore it and get on with laughing at all the jokes and Andy’s quest to get laid.
The 40 Year Old Virgin has it all, sexual jokes, touching moments, action, even a song and dance…of course. What true comedy flick doesn’t have at least one strange musical number tucked in there somewhere? If you don’t like low brown comedy, or you think you don’t, well, get your head out of your crack and lighten up a bit. This stuff is just good for a laugh, and we can all use a laugh now and then.
Video & Audio By Ascully: 9/10
The Blu-Ray version of The 40 Year Old Virgin is presented in 1080P using the 1.85:1 original theatrical ratio. Universal have wisely opted to use a BD50 disc so the bit rate is as high as possible throughout the movie. Unfortunately they chose to include the unrated and rated versions of the movie on the disc and as far as I am aware these are both included in full (not via seamless branching) so that makes the bit rate a lot lower than expected. There is also a lot of edge enhancement present in almost every scene, which is often distracting. My guess is that Universal took the already encoded HD DVD version and ported it to the disc. So, it’s not really a upgrade at all.
Audio comes in the form of a DTS-HD master track which is uncompressed crisp and clear. As with most comedies though this track won’t rock your world, but it does let you hear the subtle bits of dialog especially in the club scene near the start of the movie.
It’s a seriously funny movie and pretty good collection of extras, but it’s not worth the $30.00 price tag. I say rent it and wait for a price drop to add it to your collection.
Overall Score 8/10