Over a decade ago Steve Carell pretty much saved The Office by playing a 40-year-old man who was as awkward socially as he was sexually. The success of The 40-Year-Old Virgin put him in the spotlight and with that caused more people to take interest in the NBC show that went on to produce one of the most endearing, small screen love stories of all time. Jim and Pam aside though, we’re here to talk about the movie at hand. In it Carell plays Andy Stitzer. By now we know his age and his lack of sex, but he’s also just a simple guy who works in the stockroom at a store that’s equivalent to Best Buy who spends his earnings collecting action figures and video games. Some would think, LOSER but nah, what you have to realize is that it was those figures that really were the core of his who he was and ultimately led him to better things.
Personally I do not condone collecting with intention to sell. Like those Pop! Vinyl toys that Funko makes? I take mine out of the box because really, that shit takes up too much room in the packaging and think about it – we’re in a day and age of mass production. This is not the great depression ya’ll. Our shit will likely never be worth more than the original price tag. Anyways, Andy has a shit ton of collectables that do hold some value and when his new lady friend, Trish Piedmont, points out he could make a killing selling them – he of course freaks because like me, he never had an intention to sell. Collecting was his fun hobby he did and he didn’t want to let it go. However, Trish viewed it as sort of a waste.
In the end Andy does sell his things and banks half a million bucks. So in turn, Trish was 100% wrong in a way. His time spent collecting was never a real waste of time. I’m sure when they married, some of that action figure money went towards their wedding and will help them in the future. So just because your hobby may seem a little strange and odd to outsiders, it’s not. Unless you’re into some really offbeat shit that I won’t even entertain by listing – you’re fine. Collecting things is just an example. But it’s also an example of growing into a new part of your life. Andy leaned on those action figures when he was alone and not getting any, or having any sort of connection with humankind other than his neighbors he watched Survivor with. Then, when he found Trish – he realized he had someone real to lean on. So he no longer needed his men made of plastic to act as his crutch anymore.
Again, I personally do not like collecting with the intention to sell, but did see a sort of life lesson about hobbies within the confines of this comedic gem.