I’d heard a great deal of good things about this film starring former Daily Show star Steve Carell. I won’t lie to you, it had its funny moments. It had many funny moments.
However, my biggest issue with this film was not its vulgarity, because face it, if you’re watching a film about a 40-year-old virgin and you’re shocked that there are bare breasts and loads of profanity, well, you just didn’t think this thing through, did you?
My main problem with this movie is that it took SO long to go anywhere. I felt as though I was forty by the time the story got rolling. They knew they had a hit and I think they were hesitant to cut out any scenes because of that fact, but this thing came in at two hours and thirteen minutes. That’s too long to watch a comedy about a character of any age.
Other than Carell, every character in this film was a typical stereotype played for laughs. You’ve got the black guy, the pothead, the horny boss, the guy who can’t get over his girlfriend he dumped, the nymphomaniac, the single mom, the middle eastern salesmen, blah, blah, blah. But, as I’ve said, I really did find Carell engaging and charismatic. I believe he has a solid film career ahead of him.
This thing did big numbers, so people obviously liked it. I would have liked it much, much more if it’d gotten to the resolution about forty-three minutes sooner.