Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Knocked Up: 8/10

Release Date: 24 August 2007
Length: 2 hours 9 minutes
Rating: 15

Knocked Up. Ha! Even the name makes you want to laugh just a little bit. You know it isn't your usual oh-no-I'm-pregnant story when they can call it something humourous. If it was a serious story they wouldn't be belittling it to the likes of "up the duff". So, already you're expecting to watch something funny.

Then you have Seth Rogen's name on the poster. Knocked Up was one of the first few films we would have seen Seth Rogen in over here, but if you've seen Pineapple Express or Zack and Miri Make A Porno, then you will know that Rogen is synonymous with "funny". He may as well be the Funny Rogen to Adam Sandler's Happy Gilmore. Only, you know, actually funny. (Tip: The film "Funny People" refers almost entirely to Seth Rogen and not Adam Sandler).

The film starts off with a drunken celebration out on the town between newly appointed celebrity TV presenter Alison (Katherine Heigl) and her on-screen sister Debbie (Leslie Mann - wife of writer and director Judd Apatow, and mother of the two on-screen children Sadie (Maude Apatow)and Charlotte (Iris Apatow).) They meet the aptly-named Ben Stone, who is out with his friends with whom he is starting up a "Flesh-Of-The-Stars" website (on which they plan to document the exact moment of nudity of an actress in any film). Alison enjoys Ben's charms through what must seem like several litres of alcohol, culminating in Ben coming back to Alison's annexe at the end of Debbie and her husband Paul (Paul Rudd)'s garden.

Several weeks later, Alison gets the strong idea that she may be pregnant. Hilarity ensues as she tracks Ben down to share the news and they work through their plans regards the oncoming baby.

Meanwhile, Debbie and Paul are working through marriage issues of their own and Paul befriends Ben also, in an attempt to escape Debbie, if only for a little while.

Despite the fact that all of my reviews have been high so far, it would seem that we really just have a good taste in films. (A review will be on here soon as an exception.) This film is funnier than you could expect even given the high calibre of stars. Paul Rudd is more amusing in this tale than in Role Models, where a lot of people felt he fell short of the mark. Maude and Iris Apatow make for brilliant laughs that come at unexpected moments, and Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl work so well together you'd think they really went through it all! The only let-down could be some of the events in the film that could be considered unlikely - for example, how a canadian illegal immigrant got away with living in the USA for so long in the first place, a fact which seems overlooked towards the end of the film, although is not central to the plot. 8/10.

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