Thursday, August 18, 2005

Better Late Than Never

I think The 40-Year-Old-Virgin looks pretty funny. Stephanie is interested in it, too. We will probably go see it the next time Stephanie has a day off. I'm guessing Cynthia's not interested?

I think the poster is pretty funny, too. And I even like the colors. I can't see having a problem with it unless you have to explain it to a child or are concerned about other people who have to explain it to a child. As for me, I think I'll save myself a lot of stress and preserve my youthful outlook by ignoring parental concerns until they affect me personally.

Actually, I remember asking my dad what a "virgin" was during an episode of Herman's Head. I wish I remember what his explanation was, because it was perfect--utterly vague yet perfectly satisfactory.

I don't understand why Cynthia is upset by 40-year-old virgins but also upset by the idea that they would be made fun of. How is a movie about a virgin any different than a movie about sex? Yes, it's uncomfortable when strangers talk about sex, but this isn't strangers, it's a movie. Movies are often about sex and it hasn't bothered her before. Is is just the title?

I can't be sure because I haven't seen it either, but from the looks of it, what makes it appealing is that while Carell's virginity is treated humorously, it's also taken seriously. Contrary to Cynthia's hypothetical and rather cruel titles (Lame Guy, Loser, and Freakshow), the film seems to treat Carell's character with respect. He's an otherwise regular, likable guy who somehow never ended up having sex. And despite the pressure his friends put on him, he's got his own priorities, as suggested by the Catherine Keener romance (admittedly downplayed in the most recent trailer, since it's the sexy young things that sell).

It's not in the trailer anymore, but the scene in which Paul Rudd embarrasses Carell with a "big box full of porn" is funny too, in the way it truthfully captures the way guys will mess with each other.

The movie is co-written and directed by Judd Apatow of Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared, both of which maintained an excellent balance of comedy and truth, and both of which had a great deal of respect for all of its characters and delicately handled issues of sexual naivete. From what I've read, this movie is much raunchier, but preserves that spirit.

2 comments:

C said...

If he was to be "taken seriously" and respected, the billboard wouldn't make him look like one of those guys from the Enzyte commercials.

And I can't really figure out why a virgin movie offends me to this extent. But I do know it would offend me much less with a different title.

Sarah said...

Heh, I read Cynth's blog before yours, Kenny.

So Carell's character ISN'T just a joke? Jesus. I will have to see this, then.

That episode of Herman's Head... it was Yeardly Smith's character who was a virgin, right? And the dude she was finally going to sleep with thought he was getting rollerblades or something... if that's right, I am amazed at the crap memories I carry around.