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&

145;40-year-old Virgin&

hits new lows &

150; but it&

s still funny

For the crew working at a SoCal computer and electronics store, discovering that their co-worker and stock room invoice checker, Andy Sitzer (Steve Carrell), is a virgin is akin to a group of inveterate bird watchers discovering that a species long thought to be extinct lives. Andy, to his chagrin, after some serious dissembling, finally admits that he has somehow managed to reach the age of 40 and has never slept with a woman.

As it turns out, he&

s been too busy collecting action figures, playing video games, riding his bike to work, and, in essence, hiding out in his apartment, watching &

Survivor&

with an elderly retired couple who live upstairs. Preparation just never met opportunity.

Well, say no more. For the guys, a group of emotionally challenged knuckleheads, Andy&

s state of virginity is so far beyond the pale, so completely outside their realm of understanding that they decide that it will be their mission to get Andy deflowered. And, of course, they have volumes of advice regarding how this will be accomplished. Unfortunately for Andy, though the fellas are all late-twenty, early-thirty somethings, they suffer from arrested development, meaning their world view, when it comes to just about everything, is that of a 16-year-old. These are boys disguised as young men.

Hence &

The 40-Year-Old Virgin&

is all about women from the point of view of adolescents: hunting them down, lying to them, manipulating them, bedding them. This is all sprinkled with bathroom language; seemingly benign homophobia (&

You&

re so gay,&

&

Am not.&

&

You are.&

&

How can you tell?&

); daiquiri vomit; drugs and bong pipes and toking on doobies; clumsy, adolescent sex; lack of boundaries; a startling need to make full disclosure regardless of the subject; and more sex, presented as a form of public recreation. Discussions of women and sex and body parts are delivered in non sequitur monologues as if discussing the rides at Seven Flags. All in the name of good, clean, wholesome fun. What else? Of course, an argument could be made that drugs, binge drinking, and the degradation of women is not a template for a satisfying life. That opinion may be out of synch with our popular culture, perhaps, but there it is.

What it comes down to is that Andy, due to his total lack of experience, assumes that his coaches are well-grounded wise men who have given deep thought to how to achieve a meaningful relationship with the opposite sex. Unfortunately, they are dumb and dumber, hence the film is all about one disaster after the next. With these airheads charting his course, everything will end badly. It&

s like seeking counsel from the dynamic duo who appeared in &

The Wedding Crashers.&

Having said all of that, there are moments when this movie is funny, the way a crude joke might have a humorous punch line. You don&

t want to laugh, but it&

s hard not to.

There is, however, tucked away at the center of this clunky movie, a sweet romantic story. Andy does meet a woman, Trish (Catherine Keener) who is sincere, charming, and sees in Andy a really nice guy. Andy of course is terrified and naturally asks his heavily regressed friends for advice.

But all in all, what the film does is reinforce the idea that there are no longer any lines that will be crossed when it comes to dismantling privacy, decorum, good taste and language. This takes the genre made popular in the movie &

Jackass&

to new heights. Or lows. Depending on your perspective.

Broken Flowers

As the devoutly single Don Johnston is dumped by his latest girlfriend, he receives an anonymous letter with news he has a son who may be looking for him. Don embarks on a journey looking for women from his past who may provide a clue to the mystery at hand. Directed by Jim Jarmusch ("Coffee and Cigarettes," "Mystery Train," "Night on Earth"); Starring Bill Murray, Julie Delpy, Jeffrey Wright, Sharon Stone, Jessica Lange, Frances Conroy, Tilda Swinton, Alexis Dziena.

R for language, some graphic nudity and brief drug use/106 min.

Brothers Grimm

A revisionist adventure story that follows brothers Jacob and Willem Grimm, con artists and renowned collectors of folklore, who are

forced to investigate a haunted forest. An adult fairy tale that weaves well known fairytales into an epic battle between fantasy and reality. Directed by Terry Gilliam ("Brazil", "Fisher King", "Twelve Monkeys") Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Monica Bellucci, Peter Stomare.

PG-13 for violence, frightening sequences and brief suggestive material/120m/F/Miramax

Cave

A group of cave-explorers investigating a massive underground cave system discover they're not alone.

Cole Hauser, Morris Chestnut, Eddie Cibrian, Lena Headley, Piper Perabo.

PG-13 for intense creature violence/110 min.

Charlie and the

Chocolate Factory

Charlie Bucket comes from a poor family, but things may change for him when he finds one of five gold tickets hidden in chocolate

bars. The ticket allows him, as well as the children who find the other tickets, to take a tour of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory.

Directed by Tim Burton ("Edward Scissorhands", upcoming "Corpse Bride"); Starring Johnny Depp, Freddie Highmore.

PG for quirky situations, action and mild language/115 min.

Four Brothers

After their adoptive mother is killed during a grocery store holdup, the notorious Mercer brothers reunite to find the men who killed the only person who ever cared for them. Directed by John Singleton ("Boyz N the Hood"); Starring Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, Andre Benjamin, Garrett Hedlund.

R for strong violence, pervasive language and some sexual content/109 min.

Great Raid

Set in the Phillipines in 1945, the true story of a daring rescue of 500 POWs 30 miles behind enemy lines. Benjamin Bratt, Connie Nielsen, James Franco, Joseph Fiennes, Mark Consuelos.

R for strong war violence and language/133 min.

Ladies in Lavender

Two elderly sisters living in a British seaside village during the 1930s find a young man, half dead, on their beach. One of the women finds herself falling head over heels in love with the lad, while the other sister can only watch helplessly and hope that no one gets hurt. Directed by Charles Dance; Starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Daniel Bruhl, Miriam Margolyes, David Warner.

PG-13 for brief strong language/103 min.

March of the Penguins

Every March, the emperor penguin begins a quest to find the perfect mate and start a family in the Antarctic. The journey will take them hundreds of miles, in freezing cold temperatures, under the harshest conditions on earth. They will risk starvation and attack by predators...all to find true love. Directed by Luc Jacquet Narrated by Morgan Freeman.

G/85 min.

Me and You and

Everyone We Know

An offbeat performance artist, Christine, becomes instantly smitten with Richard, a brooding department-store shoe salesman who is having trouble dealing with his divorce and his separation from his two kids - shy, private Peter and the very funny Robby. Christine is trying to get her latest work accepted at a major museum, but first she has to get through mean-spirited Nancy. Meanwhile, a pair of teenagers tease neighborhood pervert Andrew, and Robby gets involved in a dirty, hysterical online chat with a mystery person.

Special Jury Prize for Originality of Vision at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival Written and Directed by Miranda July Miranda July, John Hawkes, Brad Henke, Miles Thompson, Brandon Ratcliff, Najarra Townsend, Natasha Slayton, Tracy Wright.

R for disturbing sexual content involving children, and for language/98 min.

Must Love Dogs

A newly divorced pre-school teacher cautiously rediscovers romance with the enthusiastic but often misguided help of her well-meaning family. Diane Lane, John Cusack, Dermot Mulroney, Elizabeth Perkins, Stockard Channing, Christopher Plummer PG-13 for sexual content/98 min.

Red Eye

Thriller about a night flight and a woman caught in a murderous plot to kill a wealthy businessman. Trapped 30,000 feet in the air, she must use her wits to thwart her ruthless captor, while not endangering herself, her family or the safety of others on the plane. Directed by Wes Craven ("Scream," "Nightmare on Elm Street"); Starring Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy, Brian Cox PG-13 for some intense sequences of violence, and language/85 min.

Valiant

A brave but undersized pigeon named Valiant dreams of joining the elite Royal Homing Pigeon Service and serving his country during World War II in this animated adventure.Voice talents of Ewan McGregor, Tim Curry, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Laurie, John Cleese, John Hurt G/76 min.