Dailies: Knocked Up

As one might astutely deduce from its title, Knocked Up (rated R), is a film mostly about a girl who gets pregnant. But it’s also about a myriad other relational adventures, including marriages, growing up, having kids, getting older and, of course, the obligatory fellowship of heavily inebriated guy-friends.

Judd Apatow, best known for The 40-Year Old Virgin, wrote and directed this quirky romantic comedy, and one can expect much of the same spirit here. Cleverly written and often piercingly realistic (a number of times I found myself thinking, “Wow, yes, I know guys talk like that when nobody else is around, but … seriously? In a movie?”), Knocked Up traverses through a not-entirely-original plot (remember 1997’s Fools Rush In?) with a subject matter that is all too common (one night stands and their consequences), but that doesn’t make it cliché or re-hashed. In fact, Knocked Up is a mostly fresh, witty and enjoyable ride from start to finish.

As mentioned, this film is shockingly realistic, with graphic genitalia jokes from the perpetually drunk/high male posse to birth scenes that will scare the promiscuity straight out of your high school health class. But that doesn’t mean it’s not endearing as well. Despite the moments of borderline, and at times overboard crassness (this film gladly earns its R rating, for many reasons), it also contains scenes of split-your-sides laughter; I was quite nearly doubled over and howling—loudly—on numerous occasions.

Above all, Knocked Up is fantastically sweet. The relationship between Alison and Ben (wonderfully played by Katherine Heigl and Seth Rogen) is heartfelt and enchanting. Their budding, unlikely romance is predicable, but not in a negative way; just because we know where the rollercoaster will end up doesn’t mean we don’t want to ride it. In fact, because we know where the movie is going to arrive, it may even make the crazy ride all the more exciting.

Knocked Up is equal parts hilarious escapism and insightful relational commentary, and it adds up to be probably one of the funniest movies you’ll see this summer.

6 Comments

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Anonymous reviewed…

I scrolled down to post a comment on the movie but I'm embarassed by the other comments that have been posted. Josh, I disagree with your review. I found the movie offensive and the relationship between the main characters frustrating more than sweet. That said, let's keep the comments on subject and at least moderately appropriate, please.

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Anonymous reviewed…

I thought you were writing a critique on a movie for a christian audience. I do not think this type of movie would be a 'must see' for those of us who are serious about God. We have to be careful what we let influence us.

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Anonymous reviewed…

As for those of you writing the disguisting comments. It is just stupid. I think you are the only ones who find it funny or 'cool'. It's just dumb. I doesn't make anyone mad or offend anyone. It just makes you sound like stupid little kids. Find something better to do and waste someone elses time.

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Anonymous reviewed…

Shame that the tools can't grow up.

There are a lot of stupid people on this planet.

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Anonymous reviewed…

i also don't think this
movie is appropriate
for "christian"
audiences, there were
several times i wanted
to get up & leave but
there were some funny
parts so it wasn't a
complete waste of $10.

i am also embarrassed
at some of the
comments that were
left here. everyone is
entitled to their opinion
but keep it clean and
respectful

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