The continuing chronicle of Wesley's quest to be published; plus comments on popular culture, family life, and whatever else falls out of his head.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

The 40 Year-Old Virgin

Steve Carrell is a lot more talented than you think he is.

He's stolen movies from Jim Carrey and Will Ferrell, and now he gets his chance to shine in a movie he co-wrote and produced, The 40 Year-Old Virgin.

Andy is a nice guy with a safe job at an electronics store, who lives quietly with his hobbies.

Oh, yeah, and he's never had sex.

Once his friends at the electronics store find out, they make it their job to get him laid. However, they're really more of a messed up Greek chorus, watching Andy but giving all the wrong advice. All they're really doing is living vicariously through him.

Something peculiar about the movie is that much of the action and comedy going on doesn't even really involve Andy as other characters have short scenes to shine in the electronics store, and minor characters intereact with one another and have more distinct voices than you would normally see in this kind of movie. I have to wonder if this was originally pitched as a sitcom, because that's how it feels at times.

Either way, this was well worth the money, and I have the feeling it will do very well on DVD.


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