>> Sunday, June 3, 2007
Do yourself a favor. Visit your local movie theater, and buy yourself a ticket for Knocked Up, the new laugh-out-loud comedy from writer/director Judd Apatow. Like Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared, The 40-Year Old Virgin, and other Apatow projects, Knocked Up draws smart comedy from truthful, human situations. This film once again proves that Judd Apatow is the master of capturing the natural rhythms of real speech, while magnifying the laughs that lie within that discourse.
The cast is fantastic, starting with Seth Rogen, who really shines as the movie’s sweet, underachieving hero. Rogen’s understated comic delivery has been impressive from his very first performance in the Freaks and Geeks pilot. Hopefully, Knocked Up will be the project that catapults Rogen to celebrity status. The supporting actors, made up mostly of Apatow’s troupe of regulars, are excellent across the board. However, Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann deserve extra praise. Their performances as bickering marrieds garner some of the film’s biggest guffaws.
If you are easily offended, be warned. This is an R-rated movie, and it’s a hard “R.” The film can be quite vulgar at times, so keep the kids at home (unlike the morons that brought their 4-year old to the showing that Mrs. BoozeMovies and I caught). At the same time, this film is surprisingly sweet, with good-hearted life lessons throughout. With equal parts frat comedy and chick flick, Knocked Up would make an excellent date movie.
For booze movie fans, Knocked Up contains a number of liquor and drug-based jokes. In fact, the titular problem at the film’s center is the result of an evening of overindulgence. This film is a testament to the fact that a dumpy, average-looking guy can get into the pants of much hotter woman with a little humor and a whole lot of booze!
Knocked Up - Unrated (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)