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7 Memorable Movie Man-Children

"You've Got Male," which appears in our August issue, discusses how female screenwriters are creating male characters who are far more realistic and convincing (see: Chris O'Dowd as the cop in Bridesmaids; Paul Dano's role in this month's Ruby Sparks) than the overgrown toddlers often penned by male writers. But in the spirit of equality (and in the interest of helping you kill some time), here are seven of our favorite man-children—with clips!

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Mark Wahlberg in Ted (2012): The Stunted Bong-Ripper
The 35-year-old worships a potty-mouthed teddy bear, ditches his smoking-hot girlfriend (Mila Kunis) to snort coke with Flash Gordon, and can barely hold down a crappy job.

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Steve Carell in The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005): The Childlike Wonder
Decorates his furniture-less home with miniature action figures still in their original boxes; thinks female breasts feel like bags of sand.

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The Guys from The Hangover (2009): The Three Stooges
In a single night, these men roofie themselves, agree to be tased, steal a tiger and a squad car, and lose all credibility as real people.

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Adam Sandler in Funny People (2009): The Disaffected Douchebag
Lies to the girlfriend he used to cheat on about having a serious illness; gets pissed at his assistant for thwarting his plans to ruin a marriage.

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Paul Rudd in Our Idiot Brother (2011): The Blissed-Out Bum
Sells drugs to a cop, breaks his nephew's fingers while playing hide-and-seek, and can't keep a job or a couch to crash on.

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John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell in Step Brothers (2008): Dumb and Dumber*
As middle-aged men who live with their parents, these two screw up job interviews, fake deaths and asbestos poisoning, and powwow in a tree house—which would be fine, if they weren't forty-somethings.

*Speaking of which, that's another classic.

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Jason Segel in Jeff Who Lives at Home (2012): The Basement Dweller
Lives in his mom's house; instead of looking for a job, looks for cosmic signs from the universe to tell him what to do.

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—Rachel Rosenblit, entertainment editor at Details


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Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures
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