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->''"Is it true that if you don't use it, you lose it?"''
-->-- '''Andy Stitzer'''

''The 40-Year-Old Virgin'' is a 2005 [[ComedyTropes comedy]] film starring Creator/SteveCarell in the title role, and the first film to put director Creator/JuddApatow on the map (after television stints with ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'' and ''Series/{{Undeclared}}'').

It is the story of Andy Stitzer (Carell), a 40-year-old man who, due to a series of unfortunate mishaps all throughout his youth, never experienced sexual intercourse during his formative years and has lost interest in his adulthood. One night, while playing cards with his friends from the electronics store where they all work, Andy inadvertently reveals that he's a virgin; this initially results in the expected chummy jeers, but shortly thereafter his friends Cal (Creator/SethRogen), Jay (Romany Malco), and David (Creator/PaulRudd) decide to help him lose his virginity. Eventually, Andy meets a nice woman named Trish (Creator/CatherineKeener) with whom he shares a genuine emotional connection, and though he's nervous about telling her the truth about his virginity and the subject of sex in general, he must learn to overcome his insecurities to discover both sex and romance.

Since we all know that [[VirginShaming no true man is a virgin]] and that {{loners are freaks}}, this movie surprised many by portraying the title character, a virginal and nerdy (he collects action figures and comics) introvert, not as some kind of loser or freak but as a likeable fellow who's simply chosen not to have sex after a short series of rejections in his youth. Since it dresses in the skin of a SexComedy, it's also refreshing to see the subject of sex summed up as "a nice thing to have, but meaningless without love," as seen in Andy's well-meaning but dim-witted friends, who all lead active sex lives but are probably less happy than Andy because their romantic relationships are unfulfilling.

!!''The 40-Year-Old Virgin'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* {{Adorkable}}: Andy; he's so lovably-dorky, if you look carefully, he considers ''Anime/DragonballGT'' cool enough to own a limited Super Saiyan 4 Son Goku Action figure in his collection!
%%* AllGirlsWantBadBoys
* AllThereInTheManual: Andy's last name, Stitzer is never mentioned in the film, but is in the trailers and other promotional materials
* {{Angrish}}: During the chest waxing scene, Andy quickly devolves from random screaming to swearing at everyone to GratuitousSpanish to "[[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Kelly Clarkson!!!]]"
* AsHerself: Adult film star Stormy Daniels has a cameo playing herself during a dream sequence.
%%* TheBlindLeadingTheBlind
* ButchLesbian: Gina from the speed-dating party.
-->'''Gina:''' [[ItIsPronouncedTroPay Jy-na.]]
%%* CanNotSpitItOut
* CelebrityResemblance: It's mentioned that Andy looks a lot like Luke Wilson.
* CentralTheme: ThePowerOfLove. Sex is not to come before love. Sex is a nice thing every now and then but love is the most important thing.
* ColdTurkeysAreEverywhere: The scene where Andy's running away from work because the guys were making fun of him.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Harry Forbes of Catholic News Service, who criticised the film for "the false premise that there's something intrinsically wrong with an unmarried man being sexually inexperienced".
%%* ComingOfAgeStory
* {{Corpsing}}: Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen and even Miki Mia just couldn't hold in their laughter during the chest waxing scene.
%%* CringeComedy
* DancePartyEnding:
-->"[[Musical/{{Hair}} This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius, the age of Aquariuuuuuus...]]"
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Averted; David wants to get Andy into it, but Andy just doesn't feel comfortable.
* DeadpanSnarker: Andy, to a degree.
* DirtyOldMonk: Downplayed. At the end when [[spoiler:Andy and Trish get married]], the priest conducting the services earnestly demands they "consummate their marriage" as soon as possible. He is later seen embracing one of the female dancers during the "Aquarius" sequence, but it cuts away before things get too passionate.
* DragQueen / UnsettlingGenderReveal: "If she was a transvestite, she was ''the Mona Lisa of transvestites''." [[AvertedTrope Averted]], though, in that she is betrayed by a ''quite deep'' voice.
--> "I '''''am''''' Jay's party."
%%* DrunkDriver
* EnforcedMethodActing: Steve Carell was really being waxed in that iconic scene, with quite real screams of agony to boot.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: [[HollywoodNerd Andy]] is melancholic, [[NiceGuy David]] is phlegmatic, [[KavorkaMan Cal]] is sanguine, and [[JerkWithAHeartofGold Jay]] is choleric.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: The first time lasts 60 seconds. The second time lasts two hours...
%%* HiddenBadass: Andy.
* HoldingHands: "Hold my hand, man." "What?" "Just-just HOLD MY HAND!!"
* HollywoodDateless: Despite Andy having been an awkward virgin until his forties he finds himself on numerous dates with very attractive women in a short period of time.
** To be fair up until the movie he never really tried to date after his formative years.
* HollywoodNerd: Interestingly, Andy has elements of both Type 1 and Type 2. On the one hand, he has many stereotypically "nerdy" and "child-like" interests and hobbies such as collecting action figures, reading comic books, and playing video games. On the other hand, he does not have an overtly nerdy manner of dress, does not wear glasses, has a fairly muscular physique from working out a lot (and from riding a bicycle everywhere in lieu of even having a driver's license) and is played by the handsome and manly-looking Steve Carell.
%%* JustKeepDriving
* KavorkaMan: Cal, he even lampshades it: "Look at me! I'm ugly as '''''fuck''''' by traditional standards, but I know how to get with women!"
* LetsWaitAwhile: In the end, Andy and Trish.
* LoveHurts: As Andy and Trish's twenty-date deadline draws to a close he starts pushing her away out of fear of sex and disappointing her. She becomes completely heartbroken and tearfully begs him that she'll do anything to stay with him.
** Also David, who is a consistent buzzkill to his friends because he's so obsessed with his ex.
* ManChild: Andy, to a degree (at least insofar as his action figure collection is concerned). His friends play this straight in every other aspect.
** It's one of the few correlations between sex and worthiness at first, but it's later clear that his childish hobbies are a healthy outlet for the spare time he has that others would dedicate to being horndogs, and a sign of commitment and passion.
* AManIsAlwaysEager: Inverted. Andy passes up a handful of potential partners instead of taking up with the first one who offers. He doesn't even take the first opportunity to have sex with his girlfriend. It's because he places love and romance over sex and refuses to have the latter without the former first.
* MisaimedMarketing: The tagline seen in the page pic is rather contrary to the film's actual, more empowering message. Possibly invoked, as the resulting surprise would have more impact on watchers.
%%* NatureAbhorsAVirgin
* NerdsAreVirgins: Played with significantly. While Andy's hobbies paint him as nerdy, it's been observed by some female reviewers that Andy should be the one with the active sex life, not ''in spite'' of his personal habits, but ''because'' of them. For instance, while his friends are observed to be whiny losers, Andy is a handsome man who prefers an "unmanly" bicycle to get around, but it helps keep him in great shape on top of his regular exercise regime, giving a handsome exterior complementing his winning interior.
* NeverTrustATrailer: One would think looking at the trailer that the movie would be ''Film/AmericanPie'' [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: with [[Recycled INSPACE STEVE CARRELL! ]]
]] Turns out the actual message of the movie is nearly the opposite.
* NiceGuy: Sweet mercy, Andy. As the story progresses and they find out just how great a person he is, the other characters become confused and even a little upset that someone like him is still alone.
* NippleAndDimed: Averted... by the scene ''at the quick-dating-place''. Yup, you guessed it -- WardrobeMalfunction. [[GagBoobs And something else, too.]]
* PacManFever: Utterly savage example: Cal and David play a UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 game with UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo 64}} controllers (one of which is upside-down). At least [[VideoGame/MortalKombat what they're playing]] is portrayed correctly, if anything. Until the fatality, which the movie seems to think is interactive. (It isn't.) While the N64 controller is inexcusable, the "upside-down" controller is actually the joystick attached to the game chair Andy has. Made extra-confusing by the fact that ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4'' '''did''' appear on the N64, but they chose to use footage from one of the [=PS2=] ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' games instead.
%%* PainfulBodyWaxing: EnforcedMethodActing, too.
* PornStash: David's gift to Andy, in an ill-conceived and unsuccessful attempt to make him comfortable about sex.
-->"Hey buddy. Got a big box of porn for ya."
** ...which inevitably ends up as one of the cruelest {{Brick Joke}}s ''ever''.
* RagingStiffie: Andy has this a couple of times to the point where he has a [[IncrediblyLamePun hard]] time, uh, pointing himself towards the toilet.
* RousseauWasRight: Several movie critics have remarked on how the humor doesn't involve teasing or pranks, but the honest, [[TheBlindLeadingTheBlind if misguided]], attempts of Andy's friends to help.
* SexAsRiteOfPassage: Though it's more like an afterthought. It ''is'' the capstone of Andy's character development, though. Many other the trope should apply to Andy anyway.
%%* SexComedy
* SexGod: Andy finally breaks his duck with an as-expected three-thrust wonder. The action then cuts to some time later after his second performance and it's clear he's astonished his more experienced new wife with "natural talent".
%%* ShirtlessScene
%%* SpeedDating
* StalkerWithACrush: David went a ''little'' overboard in regards to Amy.
* StraightMan: The title character: much of the film's humor stems from Andy's deadpan reactions to his friends' whacky attempts to get him laid.
%%* SuddenMusicalEnding
* ThatsGottaHurt: During the chase scene, Steve Carell ends up going through a billboard car.
-->'''Trish:''' Oh my god! Andy! Are you okay?!\\
'''Andy:''' There were two sides to that billboard, ''and they both hurt equally''!
%%* TheirFirstTime
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: When Andy wakes up the morning after the poker night and realizing he needs to face his coworkers.
* TimePassesMontage: counting down the 20 dates.
* TrueCompanions: As misguided as they are, Andy's friends are definitely this.
* TwoGamersOnACouch: Could this be the first film version of the TwoGamersOnACouch {{Webcomic|s}} trope?
* VirginityMakesYouStupid: Averted and played straight, along with driving the entire plot.
* VirginShaming: This movie [[{{Deconstruction}} takes this trope apart at the seams]] [[DeconReconSwitch and sews it back up in a cultural-commentary sort of way]].
* VolleyingInsults: "You know how I know you're gay?"
%%* YouNeedToGetLaid: Duh.
* WardrobeMalfunction: During Andy's speed-dating montage, one of his dates has her nipple peek out of her shirt. She remains completely unaware of it and oblivious to Andy's resultant discomfort and repeated subtle hints to cover herself.
* WhatHaveWeEar: How Andy attempts to impress Trish's daughter.
* WhatItSaysOnTheTin: Trish's store is called "We Sell Your Stuff on eBay".