Steve Carell is comedic gold on TV’s The Office
and has had his share of box office successes, too. This weekend in theaters he stars opposite Tina Fey in the action-filled romantic comedy Date Night
, which is getting pretty good reviews and even better buzz. If you can’t make Date Night
in the theaters, make a date with one of Carell’s 10 best films on disc.
The 40-Year-Old Virgin: In this monster Judd Apatow hit Carell plays the titular virgin who works at an electronics store and is ribbed by his coworkers for never sealing the deal with a woman. Hope comes in the form of a single mother (Catherine Keener) who can turn your junk to gold on Ebay. This is Carell at his absolute funniest—a man who endures a violent on-screen chest waxing for your amusement. “Kelly Clarkson!”
Get Smart: When the U.S. government spy agency CONTROL is attacked, the Chief promotes Maxwell Smart (Carell) to spy status and pairs him with sexy Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway) to combat the terrorist organization KAOS. This remake of the classic TV show retains much of its goofy charm and a sequel is officially in the works.
Little Miss Sunshine: Carell plays a Proust scholar who tries to commit suicide after his romance with a male graduate student falls apart in this Oscar-winning indie. He eventually packs into a Volkswagen with his family and goes on a road trip to help his young niece get to her talent contest on time.
Bruce Almighty: Jim Carrey plays Bruce Nolan, a TV reporter who is pretty much discontented with everything in his life, especially Evan Baxter (Carell) becoming the new anchorman. What do you think Nolan will do to Baxter if God gives Nolan divine powers? How about…give him a sequel? Done!
Evan Almighty: Evan Baxter (Carell) is a Congressman on the rise who gets a message from God (Morgan Freeman) to build an ark in preparation for a great flood. We would do pretty much whatever Freeman told us to do.
Horton Hears a Who!: Horton the elephant (Jim Carrey) discovers a microscopic community of Whos on a speck of dust and tries to protect them even though no one believes they exist. Carell plays the mayor of Whoville in this animated family comedy based on the beloved Dr. Seuss story.
Dan in Real Life: Carell plays Dan Burns—a single father who has dedicated his life to his children. En route to his family’s Rhode Island vacation home he makes an instant connection with a woman named Marie (Juliette Binoche) at a bookstore only to find out later that she is his brother’s new flame. Anyone for Scrabble?
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy: In this hilarious skewering of 1970s action-news teams, Carell plays the mentally challenged weatherman Brick Tamland for Channel Four News in San Diego. He often offers irrelevant or random information that no one asks for, but he’s a sweet-natured and well-liked fellow who enjoys a nice pair of slacks and ice cream—just don’t ask him where he got that hand grenade.
Melinda and Melinda: Is life comic or tragic? This is the question presented at the beginning of this Woody Allen flick in which Carell has a supporting role as Will Ferrell’s friend.
Over the Hedge:
In this animated film based on the comic of the same name, Carell voices Hammy the Squirrel—a hyperactive rodent with an extremely short attention span. He tries to stay away from the energy drinks for the benefit of his friends but can’t resist a chocolate chip cookie. Parents—if you still scratch your heads wondering why your children are bouncing off the walls, please take a few notes here.