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Nice Guys Finish Last

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Plot Overview

sunflowersStock supervisor Andy (Steve Carell) rises bright and early at 7:00, fights an unbidden boner, does a set of calis­thenics, takes a bubble bath, reams out his ears, eats a hot break­fast, and bikes off to work at Smart Tech in Studio City, California. On the way out he confirms to his upstairs neighbors Joe (who tells his wife, “That guy needs to get laid”) & Sara (who replies “Tell me some­thing I don't know”) that he's on for “Survivor” tomorrow night and he'll bring the orange soda. In 2005 “Survivor” aired on Thurs­days making this a Wednes­day. Its fall season started Sept. 15 making this the end of his store's summer sale event and the show's season premier. He and his stock­room helper Cal (Seth Rogen) have stag­gered work­week starts, so there's always someone there to mind the merchandise. It's not until this Wednesday that working together they get a chance to discuss their disap­pointing week­ends, Cal's in Mexico (“I felt sorry for the girl”) and Andy's in the kitchen (“I didn't feel like eating it.”)

Game-winning handHis coworkers David (Paul Rudd), Jay (Romany Malco), Mooj (Gerry Bednob) and Cal need a fifth for their poker game that night, so they invite Andy. They play in the closed store after dark, its week­day hours posted on the door being Mon.–Fri. 10am–9pm. In the course of their guy talk, it's revealed that Andy at 40 is still a virgin. In an effort to change that, three of them take him to Shade Lounge after work this week­end where they attach them­selves to a bachelor­ette party that's three sheets to the wind. One of the girls Robin is getting married tomorrow, Saturday. The store's weekend hours are Fri.–Sat. 10am–10pm [sic] but their shifts ended at 5 while Mooj stayed to cover Jay's later one with its (lucrative) 6–8 slot. Andy blows 000 on a lock­out breath­alyzer for Nicky (Leslie Mann) whom he picked up at the party and who's clearly in no condition to drive. The out­come is gastro­nomic­ally predict­able, with an alternate resolution involving an under­age chump (“Forty's the new twenty”) going to jail.

middle age manEach of these work friends gives Andy a piece of advice on his delayed manhood. Jay tells him he needs to follow his instinct, his instinct being in his pants. Jay him­self carouses around having “an unspoken agreement” with his live-in lover Jill (Erica Vittina Phillips.) How­ever, that “unspoken agreement” turns out to be more an unvoiced instinct rather than any kind of “agreement.” Cal an aspiring novelist tutors Andy on how to talk to women, but his success at it is more with Cal's type than with his own. David gives Andy his porno collection that didn't satisfy David and doesn't interest Andy. Their boss Paula (Jane Lynch) offers to be his “special friend.” Mooj spews brown Brooklyn Billings­gate. It comes down to, “We've given you all the advice we're gonna give you. You gotta put it into action.” Andy's rejoinder: “You all give different advice.”

glassSo Andy takes a chance with the fetching divorcee Trish (Catherine Keener) who owns the We Sell Your Stuff on eBay store across the street. Though she has product on display, it's not available off the shelf. And Andy's collect­able action figures only accrue more value the longer he keeps them unopened. It seems like a match made in heaven sometime someplace.


Pertinent to the plot is (Prov. 13:12) “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.” David had broken up with his four-month squeeze Amy (Mindy Kaling) two years earlier, but he hasn't gotten over her. She changed her e-mail address, her phone number, and her residence, but he still thinks they can get back together. He hasn't gotten the message (“You're giving him hope and it's driving him crazy.”) He has a melt­down on the floor and Paula has to send him home for the day. He's sick at heart.

men's dance lineAs for Andy when he finally gets to “consummate it,” he breaks forth into song and the whole cast into dance.

Production Values

” (2005) was directed by Judd Apatow. It was written by Judd Apatow and Steve Carell. It stars Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd, Romany Malco, Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Leslie Mann, Jane Lynch, Gerry Bednob, Shelley Malil, and Kat Dennings. This was relatively unknown Carell's comic break­through per­for­mance. The 45-year-old Catherine Keener is appealing in the role of Trish. Andy's triad of friends played by Paul Rudd, Romany Malco and Seth Rogen form a great comedic back­drop. Familiar faces were used in minor roles as well. The boss Paula's role was originally intended for a Paul, and colored Jay's for a white guy.

MPAA rated it R for pervasive sexual content, language and some drug use. The unrated version adds 17 minutes of more of the same. The funniest laughs were in the Deleted Scenes. Care was taken with setting up the sorry bachelor's pad. He's a sympathetic character whom we can relate to despite his also-ran posting.

Review Conclusion w/a Christian's Recommendation

horn playingThis one's a classic, a real winner. It's less raunchy than it could have been. The Christian in a deleted scene is portrayed as vacillating. The star could have used more practice on the drums and French horn, but his singing voice was good. I think clever plotting and good acting kept it from sinking too low.

harlotFor what it's worth, there's marginal evidence in the film that Cal is a non-observant Jew, Jay a lapsed Catholic, David a floundering mystic, Mooj a distanced Muslim, Trish a back­slidden church­woman, Andy an unfulfilled every­man, and Paula an upwardly mobile woman. But I wouldn't hang my hat on any of it. They're all pretty worldly. However, we are treated at the end to a rousing medley of the songs, “Aquarius” and “Let the Sun­shine In” from the musical “Hair,” which the whole cast dances to, and some may find inspiring.

Movie Ratings

Action Factor: Weak action scenes. Suitability For Children: Not Suitable for Children of Any Age. Special effects: Well done special effects. Video Occasion: Fit For a Friday Evening. Suspense: Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Overall movie rating: Four stars out of five.