Monday, October 10, 2005

A semi-spotless comedy

In cinema there three types of "virgin" movies - movies about Elizabeth I (England's Virgin), religious virgins (the Virgin Mary and the Greek Vestal Virgins) and there are the movies about sexual virgins often euphimistically called coming of age films. Where the devirginization of the protagonists or one of the protagonists takes on a symbolic role; a symobolic manifestation of socio-cultural change the protagonist will transform to with the completion of his or her oddysey. Then there are movies that just look at the funny side of it all.

And this movie is one of them.

It was bound to happen. The commercial success of Porkey's direct descendant American Pie and commercial acceptance of the Farrely Brothers movie paved the way for sex comedies. Moralists, Archons of Political Correctness and certain types of intellectuals might object to such movies but they cannot argue against the commercial success of such movies. I have only one thing to say such esteemed groups of individuals. Bullocks!

I think its fine that people learn to laugh and enjoy themselves at the movies or in any art form. One cannot just watch a thought provoking or moving film or a profound film or an abstract film every time you watch a DVD, go to a cinema or watch tv. Can you imagine what will it do you. You might end up as a prig and from there just make everybody's day miserable. It is just like being to obssessed with national politics you just might kill yourself from the stress and the over-worrying.

The movie is about the comic oddysey of forty year old appliance store employee to sexual divirgination. The movie has ample amounts of physical gags, sexual jokes and almost every politically incorrect statements that can be think of between a man and a women. Yet, still it works - because unlike serious social commentary movies you knew its a joke. Movie goers will find several scenes amusing and at the same time chillingly familar for viewers approaching their 40s. I am sure the toy collection of the 40 year old virgin made a lot of toy collectors drool and laugh a little bit uneasily. Its characters are mostly stereotypical - The virgin who still has his action figures in mint condition and who has thrown away his money to purchase toys. But what comedy is not?

Some of the scenes and gags though seem to be worn-out. This was however positively counter-balanced by uniquely funny scenes. Looking back a few hours after watching the movie it would seem to me that scene with the bikini-wax lady, the trip to the health centre and the final scene was truly unforgetable. Plus the movie had a nice soundtrack using music anyone nearing their forties would be familiar with. The movie did put a new spin for the song taken from the musical Hair. And I just cannot stop humming that final song when I left the movie house, which by the way was a full house.

Like the 40 year old virgin, the movie is a rare gem among the present crop of comedy movies (possibly with exception of Napoleon Dynamite) in that it is genuinely funny.

The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)
Director: Judd Apatow
Writers: Judd Apatow & Steve Carell
Cast: Steve Carell,Catherine Keener,Paul Rudd, Romany Malco, Seth Rogen,Elizabeth Banks,Leslie Mann, Jane Lynch, Gerry Bednob, Shelley Malil,Kat Dennings, Jordy Masterson & Chelsea Smith


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