The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)

R | 111 or 115-116 mins | Comedy | 19 August 2005

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Director:

Judd Apatow

Cinematographer:

Jack Green

Editor:

Brent White

Production Designer:

Jackson DeGovia

Production Company:

Apatow Productions
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HISTORY

Although key art for its DVD release, as well as many other sources, list the film's title as The 40-Year-Old Virgin , the onscreen title card does not include any hyphens. The film ends with two choreographed songs from the musical Hair , performed in a park by all of the characters. The song “Aquarius” is intercut with scenes of Andy singing as he lies in bed with Trish after hours of lovemaking. The end credits include the following statement: “The filmmakers wish to thank Mark Burnett, Perry Goldstein, Michael McDonald—you rock!” In several scenes set in the electronics store, singer McDonald’s concert DVD is played on the display televisions, to the great annoyance of the character “David.”
       According to production information on the film’s website, the character of “Andy Stitzer” was based in part on a comedy sketch Steve Carell created while performing with the Chicago improvisational troupe Second City. In a Newsweek interview, Carell recalled that the sketch involved an inexperienced man trying to bluff his way through a conversation about sex, much like the scene in the film in which Andy reveals his virginity to his co-workers. Carell and co-stars Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Romany Malco and Jane Lynch improvised much of their dialogue, according to news items and the DVD commentary by director and co-writer Judd Apatow and Rogen. The film marked Carell's first produced screenplay.
       Portions of the film were shot on location on Ventura Boulevard in Encino and other sites in the San Fernando Valley. Apatow noted in the DVD commentary that a provocative billboard ad for a phony perfume called “Eruption” was displayed on Ventura Boulevard for ... More Less

Although key art for its DVD release, as well as many other sources, list the film's title as The 40-Year-Old Virgin , the onscreen title card does not include any hyphens. The film ends with two choreographed songs from the musical Hair , performed in a park by all of the characters. The song “Aquarius” is intercut with scenes of Andy singing as he lies in bed with Trish after hours of lovemaking. The end credits include the following statement: “The filmmakers wish to thank Mark Burnett, Perry Goldstein, Michael McDonald—you rock!” In several scenes set in the electronics store, singer McDonald’s concert DVD is played on the display televisions, to the great annoyance of the character “David.”
       According to production information on the film’s website, the character of “Andy Stitzer” was based in part on a comedy sketch Steve Carell created while performing with the Chicago improvisational troupe Second City. In a Newsweek interview, Carell recalled that the sketch involved an inexperienced man trying to bluff his way through a conversation about sex, much like the scene in the film in which Andy reveals his virginity to his co-workers. Carell and co-stars Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Romany Malco and Jane Lynch improvised much of their dialogue, according to news items and the DVD commentary by director and co-writer Judd Apatow and Rogen. The film marked Carell's first produced screenplay.
       Portions of the film were shot on location on Ventura Boulevard in Encino and other sites in the San Fernando Valley. Apatow noted in the DVD commentary that a provocative billboard ad for a phony perfume called “Eruption” was displayed on Ventura Boulevard for three months during the film's production. Leslie Mann, who portrays “Nicky,” is Apatow’s wife. Nancy Walls, who plays the counselor at the family planning clinic, is married to Carell. One online source included the following actors in the cast, although some of them may have appeared in deleted scenes: Penny Drake, Jenna Fischer, Mandy Freund, Nicole Randall Johnson, Brandon Killham, Stephanie Nicole Lemelin, Jamie Elle Mann, Suzy Nakamura, Brittany Skye, Phyllis Smith, Wyatt Smith, Kira Turnage and Christopher T. Wood.
       A 14 Aug 2005 LAT article reported that Apatow held seven research screenings of the film and repeatedly made minor changes based on audience reaction. One particular scene, in which Andy watches a pornographic video, tested poorly until Apatow cut out the most graphic footage. The 40 Year Old Virgin marked Apatow’s directing debut.
       The viewed print of the film was the “unrated” DVD edition, which contained seventeen minutes of footage that were not in the theatrical release. In addition to numerous expletive-laced lines of dialogue throughout the film, the additional footage includes a scene in which a painfully aroused Andy calls an erectile dysfunction drug’s help line after his first date with “Trish,” various conversations between the employees of the electronics store and an extended fantasy sequence with Andy and porn star Stormy Daniels.
       The DVD also includes, as added content, several scenes that were shot but deleted from the final film. These include a scene in which the police show up after Nicky crashes the car, then arrest Andy, who has reluctantly taken Nicky’s place in the driver’s seat; one in which an inebriated Andy sings “The First Time,” from the stage musical Zorba , in a karaoke bar; and one in which Andy and his friends get high and share their most embarrassing sexual experiences. There was also a longer hotel room scene between Andy and the transvestite prostitute. In this scene, Andy is ready to lose his virginity, but when the prostitute admits he is a man, they end up sitting on the bed together, eating ice cream and watching television.
       Critics generally praised the picture, among them LAT 's Kenneth Turan, who pointed out that the film had a down-to-earth poignancy within its frequently "raucous and rude" jokes. One comic scene, which was featured prominently in the film's trailers and television ads, showed Andy having his prominent chest hair being painfully removed at a waxing salon. In interviews, Carell stated that the scene had to be completed in just one take because it was his real chest hair being waxed.
       The film earned $20.6 million in its opening weekend, according to DV . Screen International reported that The 40 Year Old Virgin was the first R-rated film since The Passion of the Christ in Feb 2004 to hold the number one box office spot for two consecutive weekends. In addition to being selected as one of AFI's ten Movies of the Year for 2005, The 40 Year Old Virgin was nominated by the Broadcast Film Critics Association as Best Comedy Movie of the year and received a Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Apatow and Carell for Best Original Screenplay and a L.A. Film Critics Award to Catherine Keener for Best Supporting Actress for her work in The 40 Year Old Virgin , Capote (see above), The Interpreter and The Ballad of Jack and Rose . More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
15 Aug 2005
p. 4, 30.
Daily Variety
22 Aug 2005.
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Daily Variety
6 Oct 2005.
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Entertainment Weekly
26 Aug 2005
pp. 30-33, 40-41.
Hollywood Reporter
1-17 Feb 2005
p. 24.
Hollywood Reporter
22-28 Mar 2005
p. 19.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Aug 2005
p. 6, 34.
Los Angeles Times
8 May 2005.
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Los Angeles Times
14 Aug 2005
Calendar, p. 1, 10.
Los Angeles Times
19 Aug 2005.
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New York Times
19 Aug 2005.
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New Yorker
12 Sep 2005.
p. 102.
Newsweek
15 Aug 2005.
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Screen International
2 Sep 2005.
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Sight and Sound
Oct 2005
p. 58.
Time
22 Aug 2005.
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Variety
15-21 Aug 2005.
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CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
Co-prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam/Steadicam op
Cam op
1st asst cam
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Film loader
Chief lighting tech
Best boy elec
Set lighting tech
Set lighting tech
Set lighting tech
Set lighting tech
Set lighting tech
Set lighting tech
Rigging gaffer
Best boy rigging elec
Rigging elec
Rigging elec
Key grip
Best boy grip
Dolly grip
Dolly grip
Grip
Grip
Key rigging grip
Rigging best boy grip
Rigging grip
Rigging grip
Rigging grip
Rigging grip
Still photog
Video assist/Playback
24 frame/Video playback
Projectionist
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Art dept coord
Graphic des
Storyboard artist
Art prod asst
FILM EDITORS
Addl ed
1st Avid asst ed
Avid asst ed
1st film asst ed
Film asst ed
Editorial prod asst
Editorial prod asst
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set des
Leadman
Prop master
Asst prop master
Asst prop master
On set dresser
On set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Buyer
Const coord
Gen foreman
Gangboss
Labor foreman
Plaster foreman
Head painter
Stand-by painter
Greens foreman
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost supv
Key set cost
Key set cost
Cost buyer
Cost prod asst
MUSIC
Mus ed
Exec in charge of mus for Universal Pictures
Mus consultant
Mus consultant
Score mixer
Rec eng [mus]
Scoring op
Mus preparation
[Mus] rec at
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Sd utility
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Supv sd ed
ADR supv
Dial ed
Dial ed
Sd FX ed
1st asst sd ed
ADR asst ed
Foley artist
Foley artist
Foley rec mixer
Foley rec asst
ADR mixer
ADR rec
Dubbing rec
Dubbing rec
Dolby sd consultant
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff supv
Spec eff supv
Digital opticals
DANCE
Choreog
Asst choreographer
MAKEUP
Key hair stylist
Asst hair stylist
Asst hair stylist
Key makeup artist
Asst makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting
Casting asst
Extras casting
Extras casting
Extras casting
Extras casting
ADR voice casting
Unit prod mgr
Prod supv
Post prod supv
Scr supv
Prod coord
Asst prod coord
Asst to Mr. Apatow
Asst to Mr. Apatow
Asst to Mr. Townsend
Asst to Ms. Robertson
Prod accountant
Post prod accountant
1st asst accountant
2d asst accountant
Payroll accountant
Const accountant
Accounting clerk
Loc mgr
Key asst loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Prod secy
Key set prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Office prod asst
Office prod asst
Prod asst
DGA trainee
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Transportation dispatcher
Assets
Craft service
Craft service
Medic
Medic
Animals provided by
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
COLOR PERSONNEL
SOURCES
SONGS
"A Life of Illusion," written by Joe Walsh and Kenny Passarelli, performed by Joe Walsh, courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group, by arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
"Minute by Minute," written by Michael McDonald and Lester Abrams, performed by Michael McDonald
"Takin' It to the Streets," written by Michael McDonald, performed by Michael McDonald
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SONGS
"A Life of Illusion," written by Joe Walsh and Kenny Passarelli, performed by Joe Walsh, courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group, by arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
"Minute by Minute," written by Michael McDonald and Lester Abrams, performed by Michael McDonald
"Takin' It to the Streets," written by Michael McDonald, performed by Michael McDonald
"Undawhere," written by DJ Calboz, Jr., performed by DJ Calboz, courtesy of Gyrate Music
"Side Project," written and performed by Transcenders
“Fine Women,” written and performed by Transcenders
“Hot This Year,” written and performed by Transcenders, Mykill Miers appears courtesy of Abnormal Entertainment, LLC
"Rump Shaker," written by Aqil Davidson, Anton Lamont Hollins, Teddy Riley, Markell Demont Riley, David J. Wynn, Etterlene Jordan, Eldra DeBarge, William DeBarge, David Porter and Pharrell L. Williams, performed by Wreckx-N-Effect, courtesy of Geffen Records, under license from Universal Music Enterprises, contains a sample of "Blind Alley," performed by The Emotions, courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc.
"Train of Disaster," written by Brian Tichy, performed by Brian Tichy, courtesy of Marc Ferrari/Mastersource
"Word Up," written by Larry Blackmon and Tomi Jenkins
"Sharing the Night Together," written by Ava Aldridge and Eddie Struzick, performed by Dr. Hook, courtesy of Capitol Records, under license from EMI Film & Television Music
"Anchors Aweigh," written by Alfred H. Miles, Charles A. Zimmerman, George Lottman and Domenico Savino
"Ain't No Mountain High Enough," written by Valerie Simpson and Nickolas Ashford, performed by Michael McDonald, featuring Ashford & Simpson
“I Got Ants in My Pants,” written by James Brown, performed by James Brown, courtesy of Universal Records, under license from Universal Music Enterprises
“J.O.D.D.,” written by Maurice Young, Khia Chambers, Marqinarius Holmes and Antonio Alls, performed by Trick Daddy (featuring Khia and Tampa Tony), courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp., by arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
“Push It,” written by Herby Azor and Raymond Davies, performed by Salt ‘N’ Pepa, courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group, under license from Universal Music Enterprises
“If I Was Your Girlfriend,” written by Nicole Wray, Antonio Hooker, Al-Rad Lewis, Willie Beck, James Williams, Marshall Jones, Leroy Bonner, Marvin Pierce, Ralph Middlebrooks and Clarence Satchell, performed by Nicole Wray, courtesy of Roc-A-Fella Records, L.L.C., contains a sample of “FIRE,” performed by Ohio Players, courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group, under license from Universal Music Enterprises
“Get Yur Freak On,” written by Melissa Elliott and Timothy Mosley, performed by Missy Elliott, courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group, by arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
“Stand Up Tall,” written by Dylan Mills and Darryl Nurse, performed by Dizzee Rascal, courtesy of XL Recordings Ltd.
“Just Got Lucky,” written by Christopher John Bostock and Timothy Wayne Ball, performed by Jo Boxers, courtesy of Sony BMG UK & Ireland Ltd., by arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
“Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While),” written by Edward Holland, Jr., Brian Holland and Lamont Herbert Dozier, performed by Michael McDonald
"Midare," arranged by Helene Colesse and Paul Amphoux, performed by Ayako Hotta-Lister, courtesy of Arc Music Productions International Ltd.
“Hello,” written by Lionel Richie, performed by Lionel Richie, courtesy of Motown Records, under license from Universal Music Enterprises
“Shiawase Nara Te Wo Tatakou,” written by Rihita Kimura
“I’m Every Woman,” written by Valerie Simpson and Nickolas Ashford, performed by Chaka Kahn, courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc., by arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
“Tammy’s Dream,” written by R. Ellen, performed by Charlie Ventura, courtesy of Pure Music Inc.
“Sonia,” written by Sonny Clark and Wardell Wilson, performed by Sonny Clark Trio, courtesy of Pure Music Inc.
“Sheepskin Tearaway,” written by Peter Doherty and Dot Allison, performed by Babyshambles, courtesy of Rough Trade Records
“Believe It or Not (The Greatest American Hero-Theme),” written by Mike Post and Stephen Geyer, performed by Joe Scarbury, courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group, by arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
“After Party,” written by Rufus Moore, Marques Houston, Jerome Jones and Tony Scott, performed by Young Rome featuring Omarion, courtesy of Universal Records, under license from Universal Music Enterprises, Omarion appears courtesy of Epic Records/Sony Urban Music, by arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
“Red Light Special,” written by Kenneth Edmonds, performed by TLC, courtesy of Arista Records, by arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
“Candy,” written by Pharrell L. Williams, Chad Hugo, Juan Cordova and Inga Marchand, performed by Foxy Brown featuring Kelis, courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group, under license from Universal Music Enterprises, Kelis appears courtesy of Virgin Records, under license from EMI Film & Television Music
“Goodnight Lilly/We Kissed,” written by Ed Shearmur, performed by Ed Shearmur
“Jesu Joy,” arranged by Tom Parker and Clive Scott, performed by Apollo 100, courtesy of Start Entertainments Limited, under license from Nola Leone/Ace Music Services
“Heat of the Moment,” written by John Wetton and Geoffrey Downes, performed by Asia, courtesy of Geffen Records, under license from Universal Music Enterprises
“Caminos de Michoacan,” written by Bulmaro Bermudez Gomez
“Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In,” written by Galt MacDermot, James Rado and Gerome Ragni.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
19 August 2005
Production Date:
17 January--1 April 2005
Copyright Claimant:
Universal City Studios, LLLP
Copyright Date:
23 November 2005
Copyright Number:
PA0001297356
Physical Properties:
Sound
dts; SDDS Sony Dynamic Digital Sound; Dolby Digital in selected theatres
Color
Fotokem; Kodak Motion Picture Film
Lenses/Prints
Technicolor; filmed with Panavision cameras & lenses
Duration(in mins):
111 or 115-116
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
41963
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Andy Stitzer, the 40-year-old stock supervisor at a Smart Tech electronics store in Studio City, California, lives a quiet and solitary life. One day his co-workers, David, Jay and Cal, need another person for their after-hours poker game at the store, and although they consider Andy odd, they invite him. After the game, the talk turns to sex, and Andy is asked to share a raunchy story from his own life. Andy awkwardly attempts to oblige, but when he remarks that a woman’s breasts feel like a bag of sand, the other men realize that Andy is a virgin and vow to take him under their wing. The next morning, Andy goes to work and discovers to his horror that everyone at the store knows his secret. David, who is still lovelorn over a faithless ex-girl friend with whom he broke up two years earlier, draws Andy into his confidence and persuades him to go out with the guys that weekend. That night, Andy thinks back over his youthful experiences with women, all of which were so disastrous that he eventually gave up on sex. When the weekend comes, the men go to a bar to look for women, and Andy leaves with the drunken Nicky, who takes him for a terrifying ride before crashing the car and throwing up on him. The following day, an attractive woman named Trish comes into the store, and although Andy is not a salesperson, his co-workers push him into waiting on her. Trish has a store across the street, where she sells other people’s possessions over the Internet. She and Andy have a natural rapport, but Andy hardly knows how to react ... +


Andy Stitzer, the 40-year-old stock supervisor at a Smart Tech electronics store in Studio City, California, lives a quiet and solitary life. One day his co-workers, David, Jay and Cal, need another person for their after-hours poker game at the store, and although they consider Andy odd, they invite him. After the game, the talk turns to sex, and Andy is asked to share a raunchy story from his own life. Andy awkwardly attempts to oblige, but when he remarks that a woman’s breasts feel like a bag of sand, the other men realize that Andy is a virgin and vow to take him under their wing. The next morning, Andy goes to work and discovers to his horror that everyone at the store knows his secret. David, who is still lovelorn over a faithless ex-girl friend with whom he broke up two years earlier, draws Andy into his confidence and persuades him to go out with the guys that weekend. That night, Andy thinks back over his youthful experiences with women, all of which were so disastrous that he eventually gave up on sex. When the weekend comes, the men go to a bar to look for women, and Andy leaves with the drunken Nicky, who takes him for a terrifying ride before crashing the car and throwing up on him. The following day, an attractive woman named Trish comes into the store, and although Andy is not a salesperson, his co-workers push him into waiting on her. Trish has a store across the street, where she sells other people’s possessions over the Internet. She and Andy have a natural rapport, but Andy hardly knows how to react when she gives him her phone number. After work, the guys get the normally teetotalling Andy drunk and advise him to acquire some sexual experience before pursuing Trish. With the encouragement of his new friends, Andy submits to excruciating chest waxing, attends a “speed dating” event and tries unsuccessfully to masturbate to David’s pornographic videos. The guys even arrange a date for Andy with a prostitute who turns out to be a transvestite. Finally, Andy works up the nerve to ask Trish for a date, and she happily accepts. Andy does not drive, so Trish picks him up, and after dinner they return to her apartment and prepare to go to bed together. While Trish is out of the room, Andy tries to figure out how to use a condom, but the mood is broken when Trish’s teenage daughter, Marla, walks in with her boyfriend. The evening ends abruptly, but Andy resolves to see Trish again and tell her the truth. On their next date, before Andy can bring up the subject of his virginity, Trish tells him that she has three daughters and a grandchild. She then proposes that they keep their relationship platonic for the time being. Andy is delighted with the suggestion, and they agree to postpone sex until they have been on twenty dates. With the pressure of intimacy removed, Andy and Trish’s relationship thrives. Andy’s career also advances, as store manager Paula, who has made her own sexual interest in Andy known, makes him a salesperson and eventually promotes him to floor manager. One night, Andy confides his dream of opening his own stereo store, and Trish offers to help him raise the money by selling the valuable collection of mint-condition action figures he has owned since he was a boy. When Marla insists on going to a family planning clinic to learn about birth control, Andy offers to accompany her. During a sex education class, Marla is teased by the other teenagers for being a virgin, and Andy announces that he is also a virgin. On the way home, Marla promises to keep his secret from her mother. On the night of his twentieth date with Trish, Andy is suddenly overwhelmed by all the changes Trish has brought to his life and picks a fight with her. He then goes to a bar, where Jay is throwing a party to celebrate his girl friend’s pregnancy. Andy gets drunk and goes home with Beth, who works in a bookstore near Smart Tech. Beth is wild and sexually uninhibited, but Andy quickly loses interest and leaves. When he returns home, he finds Trish, who had come over to make up with him, inspecting David’s pornography collection with disgust. Andy declares his love, but Trish runs out and drives away, with Andy in pursuit on his bicycle. After chasing Trish through traffic, Andy crashes through a moving billboard, and when Trish rushes to his side, he confesses, “I’m a virgin. I always have been.” Andy and Trish marry, and make rapturous love on their wedding night. +

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