Why it’s better to be safe then sorry. Always wear a condom.
A one-night stand results in an unexpected pregnancy for entertainment reporter Alison (Katherine Heigl), who vows to be a good mom and keep her career on track by trying to make things work with the slacker (Seth Rogen) who knocked her up. It’s anything but smooth sailing as the odd couple gets acquainted, but Alison finds there’s more to her baby’s daddy than she originally thought.
Judd Apatow is most known for making raunchy as hell scripts, with even dirtier stories that eventually take place. However, when he takes a slight serious look, its somewhat refreshing.
There is still a lot of Apatow’s signature comedic screenplay. There is a lot of raunch in this film, as you would expect, but the whole film isn’t just about the raunch, and the hilarity, there is some seriousness. Most of the film walks a fine line between romantic comedy and relationship drama, and all of it balances out well. We never get too much of everything, and the sentimental moments hit real well.
The film is however around 2 hours and 13 minutes, which leaves plenty of time for drag time. I think the film could have been cut down to maybe under an hour, cause some scenes didn’t feel like they had any meaning and were put in just to be raunchy. Most people will be put off by the last act probably, cause there is a lot of “here come’s the baby” stuff, but some material does drag, while as others do not.
Probably the best thing about this film that wins everybody over, is the characters themselves. Seth Rogen is once again great here, playing that awkwardly funny dude, that you just want to chill with, and make constant movie references with. However, you see a transformation in his character by the end of the film, and it all seems realistic. Katherine Heigl also probably compared to the crap she’s done in the past couple of years, gives off her best performance here, and the chemistry these two create just feels real. They start off as not knowing anything about each other, and probably not liking each other, then they try to get to know each other, but you still can see that there are moments and touches of awkwardness between the two. There are plenty of other other great comedic characters in this film like Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Jason Segel, and plenty of more, that are just comedic gold, and add a lot of flavor to the film, even when it’s in its dramatic stages.
Consensus: Knocked Up may drag on, especially during its last act, but still gives a refreshing, if not raunchy, and hilarious look at child-bearing, and parenthood. But it all feels real, with realistic performances, and screenplay.
Just saw this movie on TV last night. Apatow films aren’t really built for television. Still a really fun watch. Apatow is one of my favorite directors but all three of his films that he actually directed (40, Knocked Up and Funny People) have all been a bit too long in my opinion. I love spending time in his world though so I guess I won’t complain.
Yeah, I can’t really complain either, his world is very fun to be in, even though it may be kind of long.
This one was OK for me. It had moments of great comedy, but it felt like it was trying to be too many things at once. And Apatow has no clue how to write women.
Best part of the movie was the Vegas scene when they were discovering how great the chairs were. Hilarious.
Apatow has gotten a lot of crap for not knowing how to write his women that’s for sure, and that scene is very very funny. I must agree!
Knocked Up was solid although all the similar Apatow-like movies afterward have decreased its overall impact. Notice that every single character Katherine Heigl has played has been exactly the same since this movie (and probably before it)…
True statement about Heigl, however, this is one of the first films where she does show off her talent, which would probably make this one her best, and the others just crappy.
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I have to agree with Heather on this one. It was just okay for me too. It could have also been to do with the fact that I watched it on a flight, that had the worst sound ever and I could barely hear the thing!
Yeah, give this one a second try. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
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This movie is flipping amazing. It doesn’t drag at all, at least in my opinion.
It is quite flippin amazing, close to being perfect, but no cigar.
Katherine Heigl is my favorite actress, i love her eyes and i love her smile ..
She’s good, no doubt about that.
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