by Tony Medley
Andy Stitzer (Steve Carell who
has a co-writing credit) is, as the title implies, a 40 year old who has
never had sex, which is apparently a grievous sin in this society. Not
only has he evidently not even had a meaningful conversation with a woman,
he knows nothing about them. This, in itself, doesnít really set him apart
from any other man I know, regardless of how sexually experienced he might
be. Having sex with a woman doesnít really teach a man anything about her
and the way she reasons, which remains a mystery. That women are
inscrutable only begins to describe this male enigma. But Andyís
associates, being sexually experienced, think they know more about women
than Andy, so they set out to help him get his virginity terminated.
While this is a clever concept,
this film appeals to gross values, substituting vulgar, tasteless
incidents for wit and intelligence as Andy stumbles along. It would be
possible to tell this story from the high road using subtle wit and
innuendo, but that was beyond Carell.
However, along the way Andy
does get some good advice from his buddies. While they are preparing him
to deal with women, he is told, ďDonít ever talk about yourself. Women
arenít interested in you. All they are interested in is themselves, so
just ask them questions about themselves.Ē This is meant to be funny, but
as any bachelor forced into the dating world knows, itís dead on.
Middle-aged single women have about as much interest in anything her date
says or does or believes as they do in learning what a pulling guard is.
The parts of the film showing Andy interfacing with women by turning
everything they say or ask him into a question are amusing. If only the
rest of the film were as clever.
Degraded by its blatant
vulgarity, itís far too long at just under two hours. It does have some
funny moments, but they are counterbalanced by juvenile use of coarse
language and situations. Watching someone vomit all over the face of
someone else is not something I find funny or entertaining.
Despite its few humorous
moments, it is too long and too corrupted by its crudity to be anything I
could recommend to anyone other than the jerks in beer commercials.