Character Marla Piedmont
Directed by Judd Apatow
Written by Judd Apatow, Steve Carell
Other cast Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd
Release date 19 August 2005
Running time 116 minutes


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. Kat Dennings plays one of Trish’s daughters, Marla Piedmont.


Andy Stitzer is a shy 40-year-old introvert who works as a stock supervisor at electronics store Smart Tech. He gave up trying to have sex after various failed attempts and lives alone in an apartment with a collection of action figures and video games. When a conversation at a poker game with his co-workers David, Jay, and Cal turns to past sexual exploits, they learn that he secretly is still a virgin. After trying speed-dating, Andy eventually gets a date with a customer named Trish Piedmont. At the end of their first date, they almost have sex but are interrupted by her teenage daughter Marla. Their relationship flourishes over the following weeks. She encourages Andy’s dream of starting a business and helps fund it by selling his collectables. After Marla argues with Trish over wanting birth control, Andy takes her to a group information session at a sexual health clinic, where she is mocked for being a virgin. Andy admits his own virginity to defend her, earning him Marla’s respect. Still, due to a series of misunderstandings, Trish thinks Andy is a sexual deviant and he must do what he dreads the most, and tell his girlfriend he is still a virgin in spite of his age.


Though they do not share scenes together, both Rudd and Dennings would later become part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the following decade, with Rudd in the role of Scott Lang or Ant-Man for the eponymous movie of 2015, and Dennings in the shoes od Darcy Lewis for Thor (2011).