Preview by: Jack Foley
STEVE Carrell looks set to become the latest big name comedy
star in America.
Having appeared in several hilarious support roles alongside
Jim Carrey in Bruce Almighty
and Will Ferrell in Anchorman,
the jovial comedian then landed a plumb role as the star of the
US TV version of The Office.
Now, however, he is headlining his own film, The 40-Year-Old
Virgin, which opens in UK cinemas at the end of August.
Carell plays 40-year old Andy Stitzer, a man who has done quite
a few things in his life, except have sex!
He’s got a cushy job stamping invoices at an electronics
superstore, a nice apartment with a proud collection of action
figures and comic books, good friends, and a nice attitude.
But the sex thing is becoming a problem and his friends at the
store make it their duty to help Andy out of this dire situation
and go to great lengths to help him.
But nothing proves effective enough
to lure their friend out of lifelong chastity until he meets Trish
(Catherine Keener), a 40-year old mother of three.
Andy’s friends are psyched by the possibility that ‘it’
may finally happen… until they hear that Andy and Trish
have begun their relationship based on a mutual no-sex policy!
The film marks the directorial debut of Anchorman producer, Judd
Apatow, and co-stars Paul Rudd, Romany Malco, Seth Rogen, Elizabeth
Banks, Leslie Mann, Gerry Bednob, Shelley Malil, Chelsea Smith
and Nancy Walls.
From its trailer alone, it looks to have created a nice mix of
romantic comedy and slapstick mayhem that play right to the strengths
of Carrell's particular brand of humour.
And it has an R rating in America, which Carrell puts down to
some of the raunchy content.
In one online interview, he is quoted as being very proud of
the film but unsure how to market it.
"I think it’s both really sweet and grounded and real,
and yet there’s going to be that element of raunchiness
here and bawdy.
"I’d say bawdy more than raunchy. But it’ll
be fun. I mean, it’ll be fun to do that balancing off of
this real love story between two people and then some of the other
craziness that happens."