Wakes, Tim and I saw Knocked Up on Saturday night. Here is my review:
The creative team that brought you The 40 Year-Old Virgin is back again with Knocked Up, a comedy dealing with the roller-coaster ride of unexpected pregnancy.
Glamourous TV producer Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) is promoted to an on-air roll, and goes out clubbing with her sister Debbie (Leslie Mann) to celebrate.
Aptly named stoner Ben Stone (Seth Rogen) is at the same club with his motley band of friends, and can’t believe his luck when he hooks up with so-far-out-of-his-league-it’s-not-funny Alison. Our drunken, lust-struck couple head back to Alison’s place for some clumsy and unprotected horizontal folk dancing before passing out unconscious.
The site of Ben’s man boobs and Simpsonesque bum crack first thing the next morning alert Alison to the fact that maybe, just maybe, she might have made a mistake. An embarrassing breakfast goes on to reveal that as well as being incredibly hung-over, Ben is also a slob and a buffoon. Alison beats a hasty retreat and Ben is left to curse his ineptitude with women.
Eight weeks later, Alison is horrified to discover she is pregnant. Ben is also a little surprised when he finds out. The movie goes on to recount the highs and lows of Alison’s pregnancy, and the ups and downs of the couple’s relationship, which run in parallel to the experiences of Debbie and her henpecked husband Pete (Paul Rudd).
Like The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up is pretty much a one-joke film. Despite this, there are a couple of very funny moments, and the main players are entertaining and believable. There are some excellent cameo performances, including TV executives Jack and Jill (Alan Tudyk and Kristen Wiig), and Ben’s band of slacker buddies led by Jason (Jason Segel).
Some of the scenes are over-written, and at 129 minutes the movie is about half an hour too long, but Knocked Up is still an enjoyable film, with plenty of laughs and a feel good ending.
I’m also submitting my reviews to the SBS Movie Show site. I’d recommend it as a good site to read some independent and generally well-written reviews by rank and file movie fans. The site also has some on-line tools that can be used to compile multi-media movie reviews. I’m going to stick to the text reviews for the moment, but if you’re interested, check out this review of Pan’s Labyrinth by ‘Refused Classification’ as a sample of what some of the people over there are doing.
The highlight of Knocked Up for me was Ben’s reaction on being told Alison was pregnant: “F*ck off!”