Aug. 23rd, 2005 08:57 am Pick the "Virgin" over the "Gigolo"!
Despite his top billing status for the past 10 years, Jim Carrey movies rely on an ensemble or character actors. One of the funniest bits in "Bruce Almighty" featured actor Steve Carell as a possessed anchorman. As "The 40-year-Old Virgin" Carell gets top billing and allows his supporting cast to shine also.
Quiet, shy Andy (Carell) rides his bicycle to work at the local technology store. He works in a stockroom and supports the sales staff. After inviting Andy to a night of poker, the sales staff learns that Andy is a virgin. These new found friends decide to deflower Andy and set him up with horny females. After some disastrous dates with giggling girls and vomiting females, Andy meets Trish (Catherine Keener), a single Mom with teen aged children.
There are some raunchy moments to "The 40 Year Old Virgin" and the language is a bit salty. Sadly there is a bonding sequence involving apple smoking that initiates Andy into this fellowship of friendship. However there is a heart to the characters in this movie. There are no stock arch villains, but annoying people who receive their comedic comeuppance.
Unlike the extreme characters from his previous movies or his television show "The Office," Carell finds a way to make Andy a well rounded person. Adding a serious actress like Catherine Keener provides the film with an additional depth. By creating this reality bond with the audience, "The 40 Year Old Virgin" can easily veer into surreal comedic moments that are forgivable and funny.