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Friday, June 20, 2008

THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN (2004)

Judd Apatow’s big screen megging debut with its easy-concept self-explanatory title earns kudos just by casting Steve Carell rather then, say, Adam Sandler in the leading role. Carell, who also co-scripted, keeps the humiliations and farcical situations just within believable limits, losing quick pay-offs to gain a bit of emotional ballast which radiates thru the whole cast. Well, the male half of the cast. In the midst of all the raunchy frathouse behavior that barely camouflages the squishy heart beneath the scatological jokes, you may notice that all the guys get to be sweet & sour, while the girls are one-note set-ups for plot points. (Except for Jane Lynch, who plays a tough, but randy boss.) Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd & Romany Malco make a great comedy team of sex advisers and Catherine Keener, as the object of Carell’s desire, does what she can with her undercooked role. (Wouldn’t an E-Bay marketeer have some appreciation for toy collectibles & original packaging?)

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