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Monday, June 04, 2007

Knocked Up

Playing catch-up! Also reviewed this week: Stardust, Transformers and The Simpsons Movie

Director: Judd Apatow
Notable Actors: Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, Kristin Wiig
Score: B
Summary: A fun ride that successfully straddles the line between guys' movie and chick flick.

Knocked Up is the latest from Judd Apatow, creator of Freaks & Geeks and The 40-Year Old Virgin (reviewed here). It's the story of tremendously mismatched couple Ben Stone (Rogen), a stoner layabout type, and up-and-coming TV personality Alison Scott (Heigl), who get drunk at a club, go home together and, well, the title pretty much says the rest. Alison has to deal with her pregnancy's impact on her career and the scorn of her family, and Ben is terrified of the whole idea.

The plot is fairly predictable, as you might expect, so it's really the jokes along the way that make the film, and fortunately those abound. Although a minor character, my favorite lines came from Alison's bitchy coworker Jill (Wiig), who continually tears Scott down when she's supposed to be supportive. Rogen has plenty of good lines as well, but it's his charismatic personality that keeps the role going.

It's a bit difficult to pigeonhole Knocked Up. On the one hand, the trite plot just screams chick flick romantic comedy, but the humor is decidedly more geared towards men. It's hard to say which way the public will go on this one; if couples manage to get to the theater, I think they'll enjoy it, but the elements that appeal to each crowd might keep the others too wary of it to attend. Most of the people I talked to who hadn't seen it weren't sure what to make of the movie.

There's not much more to say. Knocked Up's not the best movie I've ever seen, but it's pretty decent. I definitely liked it more than Apatow's previous effort. It's a good film to see on a catch-up kind of basis -- if there's not a "must-see" movie in theaters, say, or once it hits DVD if you're looking for something to watch at Blockbuster. It's a fun ride, but nothing life-altering.


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