Reviewed by: Matthew Broadway
|Featuring||Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Romany Malco|
|Producer||Judd Apatow, Clayton Townsend, Shauna Weinberg|
How can I deal with temptations? Answer
Should I save sex for marriage? Answer
How far is too far? What are the guidelines for dating relationships? Answer
What are the consequences of sexual immorality? Answer
“Better late than never.”
The 40-Year-Old Virgin is a film about chastity. Andy, the main character, is a 40 year old who lives alone, collects action figures, plays video games and is a virgin. He is totally sexually pure. His less pure coworkers discover his sexual status and make it their mission to rid Andy of his virginity.
During the antics that ensue, Andy meets a divorced woman in whom he is truly interested, but there are complications that arise in a romance between a 40 year old virgin with friends like his and a divorced mother of three.
The film is riddled with over 100 instances of profanity and likewise with excruciatingly coarse sexual references. Every profane word I know was employed several times. As for objectionable content, the entire first half revolves around crude sexual situations, images (including sustained nudity) and language. Several characters display a total lack of respect or regard for the women they constantly objectify.
However, the viewer sees these things through Andy’s eyes, and he does not condone any of this behavior. He is innocent, and if there is a redeeming element of the film it is this: although the characters make fun of him, the movie doesn’t. In fact, the overall theme of the film, in spite of the shameless methods of conveyance, is that premarital chastity is the best way to live.
The three friends, who represent a fairly realistic example of what high school peer pressure can look like, are miserable. Their advice only leads Andy to unhappiness. In the end, they actually admit they were wrong and Andy was right. This is a beautiful moment of truth to see on the big screen because Andy’s values are Biblical.
Don’t get me wrong, Andy is no saint. He uses profanity and gets drunk, but his core values are good, and in his moments of greatest temptation, he makes the right choices. However, Christian parents should only allow their children to view this film if they are okay with their minds being injected with profanity and numerous obscene sexual images and phrases.
In spite of the good overall theme, there is an incredible amount of objectionable material involved. In regard to the humorousness of the film, it is disappointing. Steve Cerell is a gifted comedic actor, but his talent is only somewhat showcased here. The movie is mildly funny and not nearly worth either the ticket costs one must pay or the moral filth one must deal with to watch it.
Violence: None / Profanity: Extreme / Sex/nudity: Heavy
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