THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN
Andy Stitzer is 40 years old and has never been
with a woman. Although he tries to hide this peculiar fact from his buddies,
they find out and tell everyone at the electronic superstore where he works.
Then, as good friends will, they make it their life’s mission to help him lose
his virginity as quickly as possible.
American Humane’s role
American Humane’s Film & Television Unit monitored this film. The
40-Year-Old Virgin is a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) production, and
therefore it was required to provide American Humane’s Certified Animal Safety
Representatives on-set access whenever animals were used. During pre-production
of the film, American Humane’s Film & TV Unit received a copy of the script and
the daily call sheets. American Humane’s Animal Safety Representatives carefully
reviewed these materials to determine whether any scenes or situations appeared
to put animals at risk. Animal Safety Representatives were then on the set to
ensure the animals remained safe throughout production.
However, the film has earned a Monitored Unacceptable rating due
to an unfortunate incident in a scene involving exotic fish that appear in an
aquarium. According to a studio representative, the electricity had been shut
off in the area housing the aquarium after filming ended. Left in a tank without
proper aeration, all the fish died. The production never notified us of their
intention to use fish, and therefore American Humane was not able to enforce our
Guidelines for the safe handling of exotic fish. This lack of
notification, coupled with the unintentional negligence that killed the fish,
has lead to our decision to rate the film Monitored Unacceptable.
Featured animal scenes
As Andy passes a park, he sees two dogs humping. The amorous canines used for
this scene were a basset hound named Brewster and a silky terrier named Freddie.
The dogs were well-acquainted and felt comfortable performing the action. A
trainer put Brewster on his mark and then put Freddie behind Brewster with his
front paws up on Brewster’s backside. As the director called action, the trainer
yelled “hump it.” And Freddie did.
The goldfish at the bottom of a pair of boots in one scene are fake. The
butterfly shown on television in the store is from stock footage purchased by