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· 116 minutes
Directed by Judd Apatow
Written by Judd Apatow, Steve Carell
· Steve Carell
· Catherine Keener
· Paul Rudd
· Romany Malco
· Seth Rogen
The film can switch tonally in a matter of seconds, blink and you may miss it. It does this about four times, and its various personalities start to collide midway. Is this a crude sex comedy or is this a heartwarming study of a relationship? Is this an exercise in loneliness and heartbreak or (my personal favorite) is it a musical? The film doesn’t really know, and the film's director, Judd Apatow, doesn't have the experience or the know how to change his film in a mature and subtle way. The script is actually where the film falters most, for it's not nearly smart enough to handle the charisma of the film's pathetic hero. The supporting characters drag down the film a ton, as they are by no means interesting, and their problems are pathetic teen movie clichés.
Why should I care about a man who sleeps around with anyone he comes in contact with? Am I supposed to be surprised when his girlfriend finds out? Why should I care about a pathetic whiny character who can't get over a girlfriend of four months? The best supporting character here is the man who sits around and smokes pot all day without a care in the world. He's the most interesting piece of the supporting puzzle, simply because he has no problems! All he does is joke around and smoke pot, we are not supposed to care about this character, so he doesn't bring the film down at all.
Carrell does his best to save the film, but it is all in vain, as his performance is really one of the few shining areas of this poor film. His lines are occasionally hilarious, not because of what he says, but because of his delivery. If there is any good that comes out of The 40 Year-Old Virgin, it will be that Steve Carrell gets another job. Hopefully next time, he'll get a competent script to go along with it.
But sadly, these moments are few and far between, as the film mainly relies upon its juvenile dialogue for laughs. Apatow may have a knack for writing good television dialogue, but the humor in this film is really lacking. And also, the film relies so much upon the way its characters interact with another, if you don't care about them, the film's humor will not click.
Maybe I'm being too harsh on the film, for I did laugh on occasion, and there are many scenes worthy of your money. The film's pacing was pretty abysmal, as the film is a good twenty to twenty five minutes too long in the first place. Apatow should take this as a learning experience, as his work in television obviously proves he has some sort of talent, he just doesn't know quite where to channel it yet. Carrell is the high point of the film, and if you do choose to see this, he does deliver when needed.