Thursday, September 01, 2005

Movie Review - The 40 Year Old Virgin

Without a doubt 'The 40 Year Old Virgin' is the funniest movie of the year so far. From the previews you might expect a sort of Will Ferrell-esque version of Porky's (and to be honest there is some of that) but the main part of the movie is actually so much more than. In fact, it's a quite well written comedy that, while often outrageous, is always believable. The jokes are funny and constant and perfectly mixed with the more serious parts of the film.

Steve Carell just does a great job in his first leading role. Whether playing it straight or going all out, he never seems to be overacting (my only complaint about Will Ferrell). Don't be surprised to start seeing him show up in a lot more films in the near future.

The best part of the movie is the pace. While so many movies of this type have to have a lot of filler to get from one big joke to the next, the comedy in 'Virgin' is just constantly happening. There is never a dull moment or a wasted scene.

If you liked the previews, you'll love this movie. If you thought they were a bit juvenile, don't worry, you'll still love this movie. It has something for everyone.

4.5 out of 5


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