Saturday, 19 September 2020
Knocked Up
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Monday, 04 June 2007 00:00
After months of pregnant anticipation over this summer’s blockbuster threequels Hollywood popped out triplets that were alike only in their disappointing nature. With the irreverent comedy Knocked Up we finally have one new arrival that lives up to its full potential.

When posters for writer/director Judd Apatow’s The 40 Year Old Virgin started popping up everywhere, you couldn’t help but be curious about it. The unlikely title, paired with Steve Carrell’s beaming face against an orange gradient background made it pretty hard not to notice. I’m a graphic artist so things like that tend to leave a lasting impression. Anyway, it got people talking, and when the movie came out they talked even more. The raunchy subject matter paired with genuine sweetness made Carrell a household name and even the toughest critics stood up to take notice of Apatow.

It’s hard to duplicate success like that. But duplicate it he did! Only it isn’t fair to say that Knocked Up is merely a copy of The 40 Year Old Virgin because that isn’t the case. It is a very different film with a very different feel. There are similarities of course; crude jokes tempered by loveable characters, and some familiar faces rounding out the cast. But while Virgin had tons of laughs, I think this is actually an even better film that gets the laughs but also develops the characters throughout.

Seth Rogen (40 Year Old Virgin) plays Ben Stone, a pot-smoking Jewish-Canadian who lives illegally in the US. He and his party house roomies are combining forces to create a website called Katherine Heigle (TV’s Grey’s Anatomy) is Alison, a television journalist who finally got her big break on an entertainment news show. When the two meet at a bar and have a one-night-stand, neither of them expects that “one night” will result in a lifetime commitment when she ends up pregnant. During the course of pregnancy the two very different parents to be have to get to know each other and themselves.

There are a lot of things that set this movie apart from other comedies and one is its ability to make you care about the characters. Everyone in this film has quirks and flaws that make them believable and interesting. But even the most well written parts can’t come to life without great performances to make it happen, and this movie has them - especially on the part of the leads. Rogen proves that an untraditional leading man might be just what we need. As for Heigl, I really can’t say enough about her performance. She realistically captures almost every emotion you can imagine from humor to rage to desperation. I was truly impressed.

In a weird way Knocked Up reminds me a little of one of my favorite films from last year The Last Kiss. Although this is obviously much more of a comedy, both films have an almost documentary feel and seem to capture honest glimpses of real life.

Maybe I’m making this sound a lot more serious than it has to. To sum up Knocked Up is a laugh out loud raunchy comedy that has a lot more to offer than meets the eye. I give it 8 out of 10 stars.