KNOCKED UP (2007) 

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Katherine Heigl
Seth Rogan
Leslie Mann
Paul Rudd
Jason Segel
Jay Baruchel
Jonah Hill
Joanna Kerns
Harold Ramis
Alan Tudyk

Judd Apatow



Rating: R
Genre: Comedy/Romance

SYNOPSIS: An up-and-coming entertainment journalist, whose 24-year-old life is on the fast track, gets seriously derailed when a drunken one-nighter with a jobless slacker results in an unwanted pregnancy. Faced with the prospect of going it alone or getting to know the baby's father, she decides to give the lovable doof a chance.

BOTTOM LINE: This is one of those movies that I think would have amused me more if I had seen it before all the hype. I don't know why I expected something more clever from Apatow and company, but I did. I like a good raunchy comedy as much as the next gal, but though the film had some amusing scenes it wasn't as funny or heartfelt as it needed to be. I realize part of the joke is a woman like Heigl getting impregnated by a dude like Rogan, however, that's just not remotely believable. Their incompatibility is supposed to be the basis for much of the humor, yet that's exactly what made the film unfunny.

There's nothing hilarious about having a baby with a deadbeat pothead. The minute she met his friends and saw how he lived there's no way she ever would have returned his phone call, never mind try to have a relationship with him. What makes the situation worse is they have absolutely no sexual chemistry. Even as the film goes along and they get to know one another better, they just come off as more brother and sister than romantic partners. I preferred watching them interact with all the other characters, especially Rudd and Mann, than each other. I guess this is just one of those films that you have to be immature and totally naive about the subject matter to enjoy. Even Apatow couldn't make pregnancy funny.

"Marriage is like a tense, unfunny version of Everybody Loves Raymond, only it doesn't last 22 minutes. It lasts forever."

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