I saw The 40 Year Old Virgin last night, and it was one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. I do have to caution that if you don’t like crude movies in the style of Anchorman, then you should probably pass. I have been a fan of Judd Apatow and the people in his circle since I first watched Freaks and Geeks, which is probably the most realistic depiction of high school ever put on TV. His sense of humor seems to be exactly lined up with the kind of comedy I find funny. Most of the "classic" comedies like Blazing Saddles don’t really get anything more than a chuckle from me every once in a while, but Judd’s shows and movies have me rolling every other scene.
Steve Carell is continuously hilarious throughout the whole movie. He was funnier at times in Anchorman as the retarded straight man, but that’s only because he was slamming home the jokes everyone else was setting up. His character is an surprisingly realistic example of the post college single geek. He isn’t one of those scary guys that live in their parents house and don’t bathe very often, but he does have a collection of hobbies that most people would find a little weird. One of the tings that makes the movie work so well, is that like Apatow’s TV work, it is very close to real life. Everything is slightly exaggerated, but you could see most of the stuff in the movie happening if you had particularly funny and eventful friends. Unlike Apatow’s previous movie, Anchorman, this one has a well thought out and paced plot that keeps the movie moving along in between jokes. While Anchorman was more like a series of SNL skits that dealt with news people, this is a romantic comedy that is ridiculously funny.
The other characters in the movie are also well acted and funny, with the standout being Seth Rogan who is also credited as a co-producer. He started to stand out in Undeclared where he wrote a few episodes, and he is just getting funnier as a kind of more likable Vince Vaughn.
The funny in this movie just keeps coming. I don’t want to ruin any jokes, but I will say that they are masterfully placed, even in scenes with serious exposition. There are also a few in jokes for fans of Apatow’s previous work.
If you don’t think you will be offended, and think Judd Apatow or Steve Carell is funny, then you should definitely go see this movie.