Directed by: Judd Apatow
Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd, Romany Malco,
Released by: Universal Studios
Short: Steve Carell's understated performance
as a forty-year-old virgin, and a hilarious
ensemble trying to "cure him" make
this slap-stick comedy a scream.
First Time's the Charm
Losing It Makes You a Winner
highlight of your weekend is making egg salad, your apartment
is crammed with action figures, and your co-workers wonder
whether you’re a serial killer. We can’t help
you with the first two, but on the last point, we’ve
learned, you can just tell them that you’re a virgin.
virgin in question is Andy, played by the hangdog-hilarious
Steve Carell (of the American version of “the Office”
TV series, “Anchorman”
and “Bruce Almighty”). If you thought that
jokes about loneliness, sexuality and the human body had
been played out, this film proves that they’re the
gift that keeps on giving.
of that is thanks to a laugh-a-minute ensemble cast. Andy’s
colleagues in a San Fernando Valley electronics store
(played by Paul Rudd, Romany Malco and Seth Rogen) make
it their mission to cure him of his delicate condition,
guiding him through the usual succession of babes, booze
and body waxing (the latter a scream in both senses of
the word). Cameos by Elizabeth Banks as a bookstore clerk
with a seriously wild side and Leslie Mann as a drunken
bridesmaid are scene-stealers.
look up when Andy meets single mom Trish (the eminently
watchable Catherine Keener); their relationship feels
authentic despite the movie’s premise, two quirky
characters in search of a place. And Jane Lynch (“A
Mighty Wind,” “Best in Show”) as the
store manager does her dead-level, deadpan best—wait
for her Guatemalan love song.
the film is really Carell’s, and gosh-darn it he
carries it really well. He’s a pretty fearless comedian,
more than willing to take a pratfall for the team. What
sets him apart from other comedians, though, is that he
dials back his performance instead of playing for laughs,
meaning that when hell breaks loose—and believe
us, it does—it’s in a big, big way.