Movies: Thrill of the Chaste

Celibacy takes a hit in The 40 Year-Old Virgin, but innocence wins the day

It's easy to identify the moment when those of delicate sensibilities will start heading for the exits. That's when the hussy he has picked up in a singles bar suddenly vomits all over The 40 Year-Old Virgin's virgin. Those who remain in their seats will probably be 18 years old, male and probably no more sexually competent than Andy, the character Steve Carell (who co-wrote the movie with director Judd Apatow) rather sweetly plays.

There are enough moviegoers of that ilk idling about in late summer to make this low-budget picture a hit. That, however, is not quite the whole story...

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