Spoof movies aren’t exactly creative or witty, mostly relying on crude ‘teenage boy’ humor to get their laughs and make their money. Even these types of jokes can be funny at times, but not in this case. The 41-Year-Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It…is just a series of perverse, bad humor, providing very few laughs and too many, “Are you kidding me?”, moments. My review after the jump:
The film follows extremely close to all the movies it intentionally spoofs. Andy (played by Bryan Callen) is a hopeless virgin who has yet to find the girl of his dreams…or even a girl in general. He lives with two young men who are obsessed with getting booze for a party, has friends who are nothing but marijuana smoking fiends, and a stand up career which is about as funny as the movie itself. One day, Andy meets the girl he’s always wanted, loses her, settles for someone else, loses her, then begins a long, debase journey to reclaim his true love and finally experience passion.
Understandably, films such as these are never going to be intelligent comedies, as the formula simply doesn’t work like that. They have to rely on humor which most people will consider low brow at best, yet The 41 Year Old… takes even the ‘penis joke’ comedy to an extreme that no movie should ever go. There are hardly any scenes that can be described in print, with some even being so jaw-dropping gross, you’ll sit in complete shock, trying to absorb what you just witnessed. And just when you think you’ve seen the worst of the worse, the ending comes around and smashes everything before it.
What’s upsetting about this film is that the actors are quality comedians who can produce amazing work, but whose comedic styling’s are limited by the script. Bryan Callen is extremely funny in his past work, having been on some hit shows like MADTV, and does a pretty good job as Andy. He’s oblivious to everything around him, and Callen manages to walk the fine line between innocent and simply dumb pretty well. Noureen DeWulf who plays Kim in the film, was also very talented in her past roles and is probably the funniest person in the entire film (her character is pretty much the only well done thing in the entire movie). These actors could have taken the script and probably done a far better job with it, if only the screen writers would have let them. The rest of the actors are sub-par at best. They do a basic job of conveying the character they are portraying, but aren’t particularly funny.
While very few and far between, there are some laughs to be had in the movie. The quick jabs the film takes at some of today’s comedians, television shows and even modern entertainment in general are spot on and say exactly what many people are thinking. The twilight series gets a much needed stab, and the ridiculous violence of video games is even the focus of some funny moments. Ultimately, these few moments of hilarity are overshadowed by the simply disgusting humor throughout the film.
Films such as the first Scary Movie showed audiences you could take the movie spoof concept and make it funny and marketable. They may not be the most intelligent comedies, but they can be entertaining to many different audiences. Unfortunately, The 41 Year Old…misses the mark by a huge margin. It’s not funny or entertaining. Simply put, this movie is just gross.
Grade: Movie – D+ , DVD – F