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Knocked Up 2007

The writer and director of The 40-Year-Old Virgin delivers an outrageous hit comedy that Peter Travers of Rolling Stone calls "hilarious in ways you have to see to believe!"

Starring:
Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl
Runtime:
2 hours, 8 minutes

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Genres Romance, Comedy
Director Judd Apatow
Starring Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl
Supporting actors Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jason Segel, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Martin Starr, Charlyne Yi, Iris Apatow, Maude Apatow, Joanna Kerns, Harold Ramis, Alan Tudyk, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Ken Jeong, Craig Robinson, Tim Bagley, Loudon Wainwright III
Studio Universal Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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For those of us who saw The 40 Year Old Virgin and came away wishing that they'd given 'that funny guy with the beard' roles that could have saved Bruce Almighty and suchlike fro mediocrity, Knocked Up is like our prayers getting answered. Rogen is on fantastic form as Ben - a waster seemingly locked in a happy stasis of living off court reparations with a house of similar stoners, playing duel and table tennis, gtting high, and watching movies for nude bits in the hope of setting up an internet lexion of film nudity - the man who has a drunken liason with TV presenter and career gal Alison (Katherine Heigl) and gets her pregnant. The movie's story could be summed up with the phrase 'deal with it' - it is the story of how these two work out their fundamental differences and prepare for the birth.

The film works because Judd Apatow, much like in his movie debut, manages to juggle the vulgar and the sweet, the crass and the romantic, without ever seeming to side to heavily on either side. An 'eurgh' is never too far away from an 'aww' and vice versa. For critics of the film who have suggested that this wouldn't happen - that they'd just go their separate ways - you have to say that had that happened it would have been a pretty short film: guy knocks up girl, girl deals with it on own. The End. No. Instead Apatow looks at the conflict as they struggle to make it work. Unlike most romcom heroes, Ben is a highly flawed character: yes he does have genuine goodwill and yes he does foolish American bumbling very well and comes across as endearing, but he is also a lazy guy who is incredibly scared of growing up and leaving behind his childhood.
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The film is based around the story of social dropout played by Seth Rogen who on a drunken one night stand with Katherine Heigl gets her pregnant because he is too drunk to use protection. It then explores the developing relationship between the two as she goes through her pregnancy.

For this film, it feels as if Judd Apatow has tried to create an all emcompassing genre movie. On the one hand it is designed to appeal to fans of romantic comedy via the relationship between Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl but balanced against an attempt at a modern day Animal House within the boys house. Even a road trip is thrown in for good measure. Mixing the crudeness and vulgarity that is obviously designed to appeal to the male audience with the romance partly works but it doesn't quite gel; not to the quality of his previous films anyway.

There are lots of extras on this two disc edition, ingluding deleted / alternate scenes, gag reels and featurettes. For once there is actually too much content - I tried to watch it and got bored part way through, more due to the volume of it rather than the lack of quality.
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The romantic comedy is big business in Hollywood. Like the action movie staple, it is designed to appeal to a wide audience. But we've all seen so many of these films that they have totally lost any ability to surprise us. Boy meets girl, boy and girl like each other, an obstacle is placed in their way, boy loses girl, the obstacle is overcome... the audience won't stand an unhappy ending, so the destination is always the same; everyone lives happily ever after. What matters, then, is what happens along the way.

No one will be surprised to learn that Knocked Up does not deviate from this formula- but starting from an unusual premise (a one night stand between Ben and Alison, two mismatched types) and developing a new genre, the gross-out romantic comedy (I know! Romance for the girls and sick gags for the boys, it's a sure-fire winner) it remains consistently entertaining along the way.

My main problem with the film is that I had no sympathy at all with Ben and his slacker friends. A few genuinely funny gags aside, they remained impressively irritating throughout the movie. Much better is director Judd Apatow's sly dig at the conventions of the form, an interesting subplot centred around the marital troubles of Alison's sister and her husband, a few years down the marriage road. Convincingly played by Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann, the couple's problems are not fully resolved; look, Apatow is saying to us, Ben and Alison may be happy at the end of the movie, but in a few years' time this is where they may well end up.

Seth Rogen plays Ben well, a big bear of a man scared to grow up. I was less convinced by Alison, played by Katherine Heigl; maybe it's the way the role is written, but she never creates a realistic personality for the character.
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Apparently, this is a comedy. Reviewers wrote and talked about laugh out loud moments, about how wonderful a comedy this is.

Well, I watched, and waited. Where were the laugh out loud funny bits? Either I've had a serious sense-of-humour bypass when I wasn't looking, or I just don't get what is so funny about this movie. OK, there were some amusing moments, although off the top of my head I cannot exactly pinpoint what they were. All this film managed to do was while away some time, and although this was not exactly unpleasant, it was hardly a memorable experience. The trials and tribulations of the lead characters' developing relationship after a one-night stand were, I suppose, refreshingly unsentimental for most of the film (but typically cannot go the whole nine yards without ending in the usual cringe-inducing fashion), yet unrealistic in that somehow these two are to fall in love because she gets knocked up in a moment of drunken lust. Aaah, bless, ain't love grand? Pass me the sick bag, please.

Various reviews mentioned the frankness of the language and sexual references. I'm sure I've seen more blatantly sexual Disney movies than this, albeit without the swearing. If you're expecting a comedy that will shock in any small way (along the lines of There's Something About Mary, perhaps), then you will be disappointed. Apart from a few swear words, which most of us are more than adult enough to cope with, this was no more shocking that one of Woody Allen's middle-class, angst-ridden New York dramas.

The lesson? Don't always believe the hype.
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