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Veteran second-banana MVP Steve Carell made a well-deserved leap to stardom in Judd Apatow's hit comedy, which combines go-for-broke grossness with sweet-natured sensitivity.
Likable but reserved Andy Stitzer (Steve Carell) lives a pleasantly nondescript life, holding down a stockroom job in an electronics store and avidly collecting action figures in his spare time. But when he is unexpectedly invited to a poker game by his rowdy co-workers (Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen and Romany Malco), Andy inadvertently reveals his most uncomfortable secret: he has, in fact, yet to have sex. In a flash, getting Andy laid becomes everyone's first order of business, sparking highly dubious dating advice ("Be David Caruso in Jade"), numerous public embarrassments and excruciatingly painful episodes of personal grooming. Veteran second-banana MVP Carell made a well-deserved leap to stardom playing bewildered straight man to a wildly improvising supporting cast in Judd Apatow's hit comedy, which combines go-for-broke grossness with sweet-natured sensitivity. "There's an insight and understanding under the surface of The 40-Year-Old Virgin that is subtle, but sincere... It has fun with [its characters, but] it's gentle fun that looks for humanity, not cheap laughs" (Roger Ebert).