40 Year Old Virgin, The
In this adult comedy written and produced by Steve Carell, Andy Stitzer (Carell) is a techno geek who is content working at Smart Tech electronics store. His idea of fun is making egg-salad sandwiches, painting miniature models, and maintaining an action-figures collection. He seeks to fit in with his co-workers (Paul Rudd, Romany Malco and Seth Rogen) by making up stories about his sexual experiences. The guys determine that Andy is still a virgin and decide to dismantle Andy’s carnal innocence and introduce him to the sexual desires that he has denied far too long. Under their tutelage, Andy begins to notice women and is confronted with several sexual situations that backfire on him. He is relieved to meet Trish (Catherine Keener), a mother of three, who has been burned by sexual relationships in the past. They agree to have a nonsexual relationship, much to the chagrin of his co-workers.
According to this movie, a person cannot be happy and fulfilled unless he or she has had sex. To deny oneself means being a misfit, a deviant or a potential serial killer. The moral messages about pursuing sex for self-gratification are what make The 40 Year Old Virgin such a raunchy and despicable film. Andy’s so-called friends intentionally expose him to pornography, prostitutes and pressures to participate in sex before marriage. They convey that it’s important to practice on people they don’t love so that they’ll be good at sex when they meet the person they do love. There is no concern for the transmission of sexual diseases or the emotional effects of sexual indulgence outside of marriage. The audience is assaulted by extremely graphic dialog and images designed to make one laugh but so obscene they should make one blush.
Many (28) times – mild (hell 1, damn 2); moderate (t-ts 4); strong (-ss 10, b-tch 10, SOB 1)
Many (94) Many times – moderate (scr-w 2, s-ck 1, h-rny 1, ho 1, wh-re 1); strong (f-word 50, s-word 15, d-ck 2, p-ssy 8, b-lls 2, c-ck 4, bl-ws 1, other 1, j-ck off 3, m-sturbate 1, BS 1)
Many (12) times – moderate (OMG 5, G 2, Oh G 2, G-sake 1, swear to G 1); strong (JC 1)
Few times – mild (violent video games are played by characters in the movie with blood and gore shown); strong (in a video, a vampire woman bites the bloody neck of a man)
Many times – mild (man is questioned about his sexual orientation, implied unconventional sex between a teenage couple, drinking alcohol from women’s bellies, girl grabs man’s buttocks in a sexual way, implied sexual activity, woman takes man’s pants off, implied disrobing, man experiments with the use of condoms and fails at the proper use in a comical way, man and woman in bed kissing with intercourse not achieved); moderate (woman self-gratifies herself in the bathtub with her naked body covered with bubbles); strong (man and woman engage in sex in a pornographic video, two dogs humping each other, married man and woman engaging in intercourse)
Many times – mild (clothed man with morning erection shown 3 times, man focuses on looking at woman in halter top with big breasts, man gets a painful body-wax job); moderate (woman’s breast flops out of halter top in a public setting, man’s buttocks shown several times); strong (lifelike anatomical models of penis and vagina shown)
Several times – mild (transvestite waits for man in hotel room and attempt at sex is implied, discussion about celebrating being gay); moderate (two women shown kissing in a pornographic video); strong (two women licking each other’s breasts in a pornographic video)
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog:
Excessive – mild (“that guy needs to get laid,” “you’re not going to get into my pants that way,” discussion about men thinking about sex all day, comment that guy knows women who have sex with men in jail, discussion about how a lion tackle’s a gazelle and how a man should tackle a drunk b-tch, “take everything out of your house that would make people think that you live at Neverland Ranch,” agreement that after 20 dates man and woman can have sex); moderate (man is taken to “Dataploza” where he has 20 dates in an hour with discussion largely sexual, talk about having intercourse with a whore; discussion about late-night action with a woman; comment about a woman’s menstruation cycle and her being in a bad mood; talk about a dog licking a man’s butt in a way that was sexually arousing; detailed discussion describing various types of female breasts and how they feel; man holds a large black phallic symbol like he’s talking on the telephone; song “Get Your Freak On” is played and has graphic lyrics; teenage girl yells at mother because she her mother has sex with her boyfriend but the daughter is not allowed to have sex with her boyfriend; girl and man go to a group session with sex therapist that involves sexual questions; old man exclaims, “My man is going to get it on tonight,” and older woman tells her husband, “you better get it on with me, too, tonight”; man sees a sonogram of his baby boy and comments on how large the baby’s penis is and how big it is going to be when he grows up); strong (man comments about never seeing a woman standing on her feet but only on her back having sex with him; man’s testicles are going to be drained because he’s going to have sex so much; graphic discussions about many pornographic movies and their content; “you don’t want to have sex with those that you like, you want to practice on ‘hood rats’ until you get good at it”; “bust your first nut”; female boss propositions man and offers to be his sex buddy so that he can practice; woman talks graphically; talk about body humping and mutual gratification as appropriate alternatives to sex during the counseling session)
Several times – mild (cigarette smoking); moderate (drunkenness makes man uninhibited several times, woman is drunk and drives car, man who is not drunk breathes into a breathalyzer attached to the starter of a woman’s car so that the car would start, girl vomits all over a man’s face and shirt due to being drunk); strong (man smokes marijuana joints and also smokes marijuana by toking on an apple)
Term “n-gger” used as a derogatory term as well as a term of endearment 6 times; men pee on a public wall; daughter’s discipline problems and attitude toward sex cause mother to scream in frustration, “We’re going to go back to church” as a threat
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