Saturday, August 20, 2005
He shoots, he scores!
It's the best film out of the screwball sex farce genre since The Girl Next Door (a flick which should have done better business at the box office) with a talented cast headlined by The Daily Show's Steve Carell, Paul Rudd (Clueless, The Object Of My Affection, Anchorman), Romany Malco (Weeds) and the fantastic Catherine Keener (Being John Malkovich, Full Frontal).
Thanks to the genius of Judd Apatow (behind the criminally slept-on series Freaks & Geeks), Andy Stitzer, as played by Carell, isn't written off as a bumbling idiot who's still waiting to be deflowered this late in the game. These two were smart to mold Andy into a character that the audience can genuinely like and identify with so that you are never laughing at Andy, but rather laughing at the situations Andy finds himself in. He's an all-around decent guy - weird fixation on action figures aside, he just hasn't figured the social skills to move past first base.
The talked-about chest waxing scene made me laugh so hard, I almost peed myself in the theater.
It's naughty, bawdy and filled with potty humor, but underneath it all lies a tender love story that's universal. Ben Stiller, you better be looking over your shoulder because there's major competition for title of Goofiest Man in Cinema now.
Labels: movie review
- Sarcastic Kidd commented at 8/22/2005 01:52:00 AM~
Trini, I think u and I are the only two people that know about The Girl Next Door. Like u said, that movie should have performed better @ the box office. It's one of favorite teen sex flicks.
I've yet to see The 40 Year Old Virgin, but I plan on it.
- TriniPrincess commented at 8/22/2005 02:04:00 AM~
Oh snap, you love TGND too? I LOVE that movie...I like to think of it as Risky Business with a heart. You sure we're not separated at birth? We just seem to have so much in common, it's eerie...I need to find out if my pops was down South sometime 'round '81 or so...LOL. I think you'd really like The 40 Year-Old Virgin, craps all over the infinitely overrated American Pie.
- Michael commented at 8/22/2005 11:31:00 PM~
You definitely are the only two people who know about that movie.
- TriniPrincess commented at 8/23/2005 11:11:00 AM~
You need to hightail it to Blockbuster to see what we're talking about, Mike.
- Danyel commented at 8/23/2005 11:15:00 AM~
I adored The Girl Next Door. Randomly rented it last September when on vacation. Me and hub were like WTF? (In a good way).
40 Year Old Virgin was just all right to me, though. Steve C. was giving me Ben Stiller-lite. I did like it when he was kicking it to the chick at the bookstore, though, answering every question with a question. He was even starting to sound interesting to me, like, yeah ... he's cool.
I probably need to ask myself some questions ... : )
- Mak commented at 8/24/2005 05:56:00 PM~
OMG! The Girl Next Door was Horrible' with French accentation. It was totally devoid of any redemptive quality much like many of the porno titles I have tucked away in my closet. It was only "halfway" cute how they did the sex education video at the end but I'm suprised actually that it did ANY box office reciepts at all. Especially in the Era of Bush. Actually if we were in a different "bush" era it would have done quite well.
- TriniPrincess commented at 8/24/2005 11:59:00 PM~
*throws Nerf balls @ Mak* Boooo! LOL @ the accent on the é. I don't think it was that bad in comparison to the bottom feeders like Tomcats (excrement on film), National Lampoon's Van Wilder and Eurotrip.
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