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The 40 Year Old Virgin

I think you'll find comments from a few members in the "What have you seen lately?" and "What was the last movie you saw in the theater?" threads. But I guess to transfer thoughts here for a thread all of its own is cool too.

The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005 - Judd Apatow)

Carell is terrific and brilliant playing a more nuanced and less over-the-top character than he has before, this guy Andy is a real person and not just a cartoon (though he does that great too, as eveidenced in Anchorman). Cathy Keener is sexy and loveable, one of my favorite actors and I'm glad to see her in what is going to turn out to be a pretty high-profile role (she was terrific in The Ballad of Jack & Rose earlier this year, but only about seventy-three people saw it). And the entire supporting cast is hysterical, especially Seth Rogen, who was so great on "Freaks & Geeks" - this should be a springboard for him now.

About four dozen explosive laughs throughout. Good times in this, now that we've truly arrived at the Age of Aquarius. A one joke movie, sure, but executed so very well. Like The Wedding Crashers earlier this summer, a great adult comedy that is actually made for adults and not sixteen-year-old boys who like gross-out gags about pie fu*king and cum mistaken for hair care products. I hope this trend continues. The boxoffice that these two films have generated has proven to the Studio suits that there is an audience for it.