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Chagrin and Bare It

Inspired by ''The 40 Year-Old Virgin,'' we count down the 10 most wince-worthy (and often hilarious) movie sex scenes

Steve Carell, The 40 Year-Old Virgin

Countdown: The most embarrassing sex scenes on film

As Woody Allen said, sex is dirty only if you do it right. If you do it wrong, however, it's pretty funny.

Should The 40 Year-Old Virgin (opening Aug. 19) join Wedding Crashers on the list of raunchy comedy hits, we could be seeing a lot more hilariously embarrassing movie sex scenes, like the one shown above, where Andy Stitzer (Steve Carell) accidentally kicks his date out of bed. The film is the latest in a line of comedies that present sex not as a gauzily lit event that finds the man and the woman harmoniously in sync, but rather as an activity that's fumbling, awkward, unsatisfying, and above all, humiliating.

On the following pages, we've listed the most embarrassing sex scenes in movies. To keep the list honest, we've left off solo performances (out goes Ben Stiller's ''hair gel'' moment in There's Something About Mary) and encounters between people and foodstuffs (out go Jason Biggs' liaison with a pastry in American Pie and Meg Ryan's apparently pastrami-induced orgasm in When Harry Met Sally...). The 10 sex scenes remaining in our Hall of Shame are the ones that made us laugh and wince the most for the way they humiliated the characters — and sometimes the actors.

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