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Knocked Up

 

The Diva's review of
Knocked Up(2007)

 

Knocked Up Rated R; running time of 2 hours and 8 minutes
Genre: Comedy
Written by : Judd Apatow
Directed by: Judd Apatow
Cast: Katherine Heigl, Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Jason Segel, Martin Starr Date: 06/01/07


WARNING - SPOILERS BELOW.

The Digest

Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) is on the fast track at work. She’s moved from a behind the scenes producer to a on air correspondent for the E! Entertainment network . Ben Stone (Seth Rogen)? Not so much. He and his slacker friends stay at home getting high all day and coming up with the Next! Great! Thing! For the internet – a site that catalogues nude scenes.

To celebrate her promotion she goes clubbing and runs into Ben. Both super drunk, they end up having a one night stand. The next morning, Allison finds out first hand how immature Ben is and has no plans of ever seeing him again. 6-8 weeks later the consequences of that night come to view and she has to alter those plans. She’s pregnant and of course Ben is the father. She is completely prepared to go it alone with the help of her sister and brother in law – who have their own problems, but Ben wants to be a part of the pregnancy. This proves to be a challenge for the organized and put-together Allison, but as she finds herself falling in love with Ben, she has to have hope that he’ll grow up and get his crap together. Will Ben disappoint her?

The Dish

You know I love the work of circle the Judd belongs to. They are the voice of my generation, albeit a little more vulgar than I would appreciate it. I also with their group had a little bit more color to it. Aside from Romany Malco and Faizon Love (by far far association),are about it in terms of brown representation in that circle. This is not so much a complaint, but more like wishful thinking and regardless of this, I still will happily see just about anything they put forth.

I said all of that to preface this. I really wasn’t feeling this one. I wanted to like it. In fact, in the beginning I did, but F-word after F-word began to tire me. So much so that I began to sour on the movie. How many different times did it have to be said to prove this was a cutting edge comedy. I mean really. I didn’t need it to be a clean PG-13, but I sure would have preferred one that did say “Fck” just for the sake of saying it.

I would, however be remiss, if I didn’t sing the praises of Seth Rogan. He is pretty brilliant. And while he didn’t write this particular screenplay, he is an amazing writer and I think he has found his niche in terms of acting. I think Katherine was the perfect choice for Allison and I’ve come to love the wackiness that is Leslie Mann. And even though Paul Rudd personally insulted me in an elevator once, really insulted me, I still like his work. Given that I like everyone involved, it is puzzling to me that I did not enjoy it, but such is life. This is a great date movie unless you have a problem with gratuitous coarse language.

3BC Ratings

yellow

 

Not quite a knock out


Copyright Kamal "The Diva" Larsuel-Ulbricht, 2007
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