Friday, July 10, 2015
Daily Show correspondent Steve Carell received his first starring with Andy Stitzer, an electronics-store drone approaching middle age with a vast collection of action figures and no social life to speak of. When his co-workers (including Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen, in his breakout role) discover he’s been celibate all his life, they resolve to end the dry spell right away. Between disastrous fix-ups and attempts at self-improvement (including a hilariously unfeigned chest-waxing), Andy embarks on a timid courtship with a divorced eBay merchant (Catherine Keener). Apatow’s directorial debut, co-written by Carell, was a surprise box-office smash and was named one of the best films of the year by AFI (the only comedy on the list).