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Total Crap: 7.84%

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Knocked Up
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by William Goss

"Great Expectations"
5 stars

SCREENED AT THE 2007 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL: Running just over two hours yet genuinely hilarious and heartfelt throughout, writer-director Judd Apatowís 'Knocked Up' proves to be just as funny as 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin,' if not a bit more cohesive in terms of narrative.

Ben (Seth Rogen) is a consummate slacker. Career-minded Alison (Katherine Heigl) just got a promotion. They meet at a club, have a one-night stand, and Ė sure enough Ė find themselves confronted with an unexpected pregnancy.

Yes, itís a simple story, one fit for many a TV movie, and yes, we know Ben will have to mature while Alison takes her career into consideration, yet, in spite of it all, Apatow makes the story work because he and the cast make the characters work. Rogen has been an Apatow staple for years, and thankfully, he finally gets his long-deserved shot to shine, and itís his Ben that proves to be the heart of the story. His posse of equally unmotivated pals (Apatow alums Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Jason Segel, and Martin Starr) do bring to mind the alpha-male antics of Virgin, with their scenes often making for amusing fits of improvisation and camaraderie, and Ben does spend some serious time bonding with brother-in-law-to-be Pete (a never-better Paul Rudd).

However, Knocked Up manages to be every bit for the girls as it is for the guys. Heigl makes for a surprisingly worthy comedic foil to Rogen, and yet as critical as she is to the proceedings, it is Debbie, Alisonís sister and Peteís wife (played by Mrs. Apatow herself, Leslie Mann), that almost upstages Ben in terms of emotional growth. Hereís a woman, initially dominating and disconcerting, who turns out to be every bit as frustrated with her life as her husband is, yet without anyone to vent to. (Speaking of scene-stealing, out of a tremendous ensemble, itís the note-perfect appearances of SNL cast member Kristen Wiig as the sardonic assistant to Alisonís boss that may have you seriously reconsidering just how long someone has to be on screen in order to earn some sort of nod.)

While the majority of the humor stems from Alison and Benís reluctant relationship, it wouldnít be fair to label it Knocked Up as a romantic comedy. In love or not, theyíre in it for the long haul, and itís these multidimensional characters, all of them, and their interactions that make the proceedings so sublime. Sure, thereís plenty to laugh at Ė in fact, for a two-hour-plus comedy, thereís an impressive scarcity of dud gags or slack pacing to compromise it. There are some wisely pre-loaded Spider-Man 3 references (this film opens a month after), a few surprising and satisfying cameos, and a conversation concerning Munich, of all things, but for all its pop culture relevance, this is a film that has no need to fear feeling dated.

No, as constantly and effortlessly humorous as it all is, itís ultimately the sincerity that lingers and surpasses its inevitable status as a DVD shelf staple. Having had weeks to mull it over, like any good home pregnancy test, Iím ninety-nine percent sure that this is destined to become a minor classic.

Oops, not the dreaded c-word. Then again, when is it not too soon to say that Apatow might be the savior of character-based adult comedy, the next Woody Allen or Alexander Payne? When does it become reasonable to propose that this film might as cherished in the summer of 'Spider-Man 3' as it will be in the summer of 'Spider-Man 23'? Hyperbole can indeed be a dangerous thing, so while I might not go as far as to call it ďone of the best comedies in years, and most certainly one of 2007ís best films,Ē I can assure you this: in its own way, 'Knocked Up' will most likely turn out to be the best family film of the year.

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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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