The 40-Year-Old Virgin

The 40-Year-Old Virgin is a 2005 American romantic comedy film directed by Judd Apatow, who produced the film with Clayton Townsend and Shauna Robertson. It features Steve Carell as the titular 40-year-old virgin Andy, an employee at an electronics store. Paul Rudd, Romany Malco, and Seth Rogen play co-workers who resolve to help him lose his virginity, and Catherine Keener stars as Andy's love interest, Trish.

The 40-Year-Old Virgin
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJudd Apatow
Written by
Produced by
CinematographyJack N. Green
Edited byBrent White
Music byLyle Workman
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • August 19, 2005 (2005-08-19) (United States)
Running time
116 minutes
Budget$26 million
Box office$177.4 million

Watching Carell's performance in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) inspired Apatow to cast him in the lead role for the film, and they wrote The 40-Year-Old Virgin together. It was based on a sketch Carell created with The Second City where a man aged 40 hides a secret. Filming took place in Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley, California, from January to April 2005.

The film was released theatrically in the United States on August 19, 2005, through Universal Pictures. It received positive reviews from critics, with Carell being highlighted for his performance, and grossed over $177 million worldwide on a $26 million budget. He won accolades from the Golden Schmoes Awards and MTV Movie & TV Awards for this role while Keener received awards from the Boston Society of Film Critics and Los Angeles Film Critics Association. The 40-Year-Old Virgin was named by the American Film Institute one of 2005's Top 10 Films.

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