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Worth A Look: 36.27%
Average: 7.84%
Pretty Bad: 1.96%
Total Crap: 7.84%

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Knocked Up
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by Greg Ursic

"And baby makes EEEEEEEEE!!!"
4 stars

Calling Ben a slacker, would be giving him way too much credit: a slovenly, unshaven twenty something with no job or prospects, Benís only goal is to get as high as he can as often as he can. While on a booze fueled bender he gets together with Alison, his polar opposite - a gorgeous, driven, up and coming TV reporter who would be way out of his league were it not for the magic of beer goggles. The morning after the night before Alison sees the folly of her ways and this mismatched duo parts company. That would be the end of it was it not for Alisonís recurring case of the technicolour yawns, and the dawning realization that food poisoning isnít the culprit.

The buzz about Knocked Up grew exponentially since screening at Sundance, and for good reason - this is without hyperbole, one of the funniest movies you will ever see . So what sets it apart from such recent rib ticklers as Blades of Glory or Hot Fuzz (both of which I thoroughly enjoyed)? Itís all about the substance.

Written and directed by Judd Apatow, the creative mind responsible for The 40 Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up is a romantic comedy with a soul: every character no matter how small plays a distinct role and helps to flesh out the story. While Apatow often reaches for the lowest common denominator to get a laugh, it always feels genuine. He also understands the subtleties of comic timing Ė many of the filmís best moments would have been rendered moot by a lesser writer. But itís not just about the laughs.

Apatow balances out the movieís cruder moments with remarkably insightful observations about relationships (if youíve ever been in one, youíre likely to squirm more than once). One scene in particular between Ben and Alison is sure to have audience members split along gender lines, yet it is never over the top. He also knows how to write for female characters, so that they donít come off as simple stereotypes, a quality that is so often lacking in screenplays. The actors also deserve ample credit for bringing his vision to life.

For anyone not familiar with her work on Greyís Anatomy, Katherine Heigl quickly dismisses any doubts that sheís just another pretty face (and boy, is that woman a knockout!). Heigl does a masterful job of keeping track of the wide range of emotions encountered as she struggles to keep her job, maintain a relationship with a partner that has a Peter Pan complex, not to mention the hormonal rollercoaster that is pregnancy. More than once sheís called on to deliver an intensely emotional scene and then almost instantaneously compose herself. There are no slackers in the supporting cast either
Leslie Mann is a noteworthy scene stealer as Debbie, Alisonís older married sister, an emotional basketcase who has doubts about her marriage. While Debbie occasionally comes across as a bit shrewish, she also gets not one , but two of the most poignant visceral scenes in the movie . Her partner and foil is Paul Rudd who plays Pete, Debbieís quick with a joke yet drained hubby. Ruddís affable every guy charisma perfectly balances out the often manic Mann. They also share an uncomfortable chemistry that only comes with familiarity and you donít doubt for a second that theyíre a long suffering couple. Other standouts include Kristen Wiig, whoís wonderfully witty and understated lines are delivered in perfect deadpan and Benís slacker crew: Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Martin Starr and Jason Segel. Iím still not sure about Seth Rogen though.
Rogen, a former Vancouverite (which gets him points in my book from the start) was one of my favorite characters in Virgin, but he runs hot and cold here. Heís solid when in slacker mode, but during several of his dramatic scenes itís clear that heís not sure what to do and defaults to his trademark grin. This ultimately impacts his scenes with Heigl: while the chemistry between them would normally suffice, it seems lacking compared to Rudd and Mann. But Iím willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Knocked Up is that rare comedy with a raunchy tinge that is simultaneously witty and insightful. Apatow also masterfully combines true to life characters with enough emotional and dramatic elements to ground the piece and rounds it out with just the right amount of sweetness. I predict itís going to be this summerís sleeper hit. Iíve seen it twice and Iím pretty sure Iíll see it again.

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User Comments

9/14/17 morris campbell very funny 4 stars
8/31/12 roscoe hilarious, but it went on for way too long 4 stars
7/24/11 art I change my mind,IT"S DISGUSTING! 1 stars
7/14/09 the dork knight The men are too angelic, the women evil shrews. Still, could do worse... 4 stars
6/17/09 art SAD! 1 stars
1/09/09 Anonymous. KH is a mormon?! 4 stars
9/14/08 Natalie Myers Too bad KH has gotten mean. Heard she might go back to Mormonism. But would they have her? 2 stars
8/20/08 Phil M. Afficiando Very quick, inventive, spontaneous. A 4.5 rounded up cuz it's hard to do this genre well. 5 stars
8/17/08 mr.mike Agree with daveyt. Heigl and Mann are very good. 3 stars
8/10/08 Samantha Pruitt very funny and smart, but i thought Superbad had more laughs, love Seth Rogan! 4 stars
5/24/08 Karrie Millheim Funny and romantic in a way, funny seeing Seacrest cussin 5 stars
4/17/08 daveyt sort of amusing, ish... 3 stars
1/31/08 Beck Impressive love story breaking free of the hollywood story book. 5 stars
1/20/08 Carmen Crowe Used to like Katherine Heigl, but would rather see he knocked down than this! 2 stars
1/18/08 X Wang Funnier than I expected - and it actually has story line 4 stars
1/03/08 Annoyed Simply a horrible movie; unbelievable, full of stupid, un-likable characters. Not funny. 1 stars
12/17/07 gr Seth Rogen was fantastic! 4 stars
12/14/07 Bnorm So funny...maybe cause Steely Dan gargles my balls hahaha 5 stars
12/08/07 Sam Eli Hilarious and touching. That's all I have to say 5 stars
10/17/07 Beau It was pretty funny! catherine heigi was brilliant! 4 stars
10/16/07 fools♫gold Real in all ways - everything a true movie-thinker wishes for. 5 stars
9/21/07 rude if you didnt like the pot and mushroom scenes you are nuts, and bearded guy bashing is grea 5 stars
9/06/07 Good Taste Your average chick flick and its not FUNNY! would never watch again 1 stars
9/03/07 lisa An absolutly boring film the best thing about the film was seeing the credits come up! 1 stars
8/31/07 MP Bartley Touches the heart, rubs the funny KNOW these characters. 4 stars
8/02/07 Luisa Very funny...with real issues...great flick! 4 stars
8/01/07 AJ Muller Just a fucking funny flick. Real in certain ways, fake in others, but hilarious. 5 stars
7/20/07 Ole Man Bourbon Entertaining, but often ridiculously implausible and even stressful at times. 4 stars
7/19/07 Jake B The Year's Best Film! 5 stars
7/17/07 Emma freiken hilarious!!! lame in some parts, but mainly hilarious!!! 4 stars
6/18/07 Aussihunter Better than 40 year old virgin. No i'm serious it is. Seth Rogen rules 5 stars
6/15/07 Cheeky So unplanned pregnancies just magically 'work out' for the best. Yeah right. 1 stars
6/12/07 bjjones Only for low-class very immature men...Horrible movie! 1 stars
6/11/07 Lynn Unbelievably funny film. Sex scene with Allison pregnant had me laughing so hard! 5 stars
6/09/07 Simon Excellently hilarious. 5 stars
6/06/07 gr117 Hi-friggin-larious! 5 stars
6/06/07 party boy the movie was awesome if anybody disagrees kiss my @$$ 5 stars
6/05/07 Nolamc slap your leg laughter! Loved it! 5 stars
6/04/07 lee you will laugh the whole way through, and you have every right to. 5 stars
6/04/07 Doug Fantastic. 5 stars
6/04/07 James Eric as good as it gets 5 stars
6/04/07 Liz Wonderful comedy. Heartwarming but also gut-wrenchingly hilarious! Perfect. 5 stars
6/04/07 baba awesome 5 stars
6/04/07 daniel k perfect 5 stars
6/03/07 Damon Funny and poignant. Best comedy I have seen in years. 5 stars
6/02/07 Dan Very enjoyable romcom, though the Heigl-Rogan relationship was too unbelievable to buy into 4 stars
6/02/07 Abbath Funniest movie in years. Too many funny lines to reminice on. 5 stars
6/02/07 not a moron Worse than Bad Boys 2. A LOT worse! 1 stars
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  01-Jun-2007 (R)
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