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
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.