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The 40-Year-Old Virgin - Preview

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."

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