Thursday, December 01, 2005

The 40 Year Old Virgin



This is a movie that celebrates the crass nirvana of male buddy-dom as the apotheosis of liberty and gendered triumph --

or --

this is a formulatic romantic comedy following an offbeat guy and a deserving girl through a minefield of obstacles until the final 10 minutes of the film allows them to be reunited --

either of these statements could be the primary descriptors for this alternately sweet & crass buddy movie/romantic comedy(conveniently a double-demographic homerun for distributors).

My first impulse was to congratulate the film, because the resolution so clearly establishes the geekdom of the 40 year old virgin to have actually paid off and been worthwhile; my later impulse was to say -- hold on -- what does ANYBODY like about this film? -- the humour -- which means that not only does the film court a double demographic, but it also juggles a polyvalent moral code: faithful, genuiness is better / raunchy and rude is more fun.

+ +

(later I return with a +++1/2; it stuck with me well.)