Review of Apatow’s Knocked Up

At the risk of being at least two weeks out of date, here’s a short review of ‘Knocked Up’ Judd Apatow’s latest film starring Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl. Ms 73man and I went to see it in the splendid Savoy 2 in Dublin city last night, if only to get her away from her work that she had been doing well nigh all weekend. It sucks for her at work right now, but she’s working on it. Couple of things out of the way first:

  1. Heigl’s very easy on the eye but plays the same character she does in Grey’s Anatomy
  2. Rogen looks like a friend of mine on steroids; he won’t be stuck for work
  3. It’s a film about an unexpected pregnancy
  4. You see a baby’s head crowning out of what can only be described as a ‘stunt vagina

The film has a few laughs and I particularly liked the scenes laying out the differences between men and women in a fight, i.e. she jumping from topic to topic, he desperately trying to hang on to a ‘rational’ argument. Every argument I’ve had with a woman in a relationship has been like this. It is by no means a great film – it loses the plot in the last 20 minutes or so, because it goes all Thirtysomething on us. The word ‘vagina’ is sprinkled liberally throughout the script, it’s got a very strange scene with two of Rogen’s friends playing with wheelchairs at the hospital (I didn’t know Hawking was accused of child abuse??) and it is clear that the cast are having a good old time with some improvisation but one thing bugs me thinking about the film again this morning.

If they had so much fun making the film, why release the film at all? Lots of descriptions of the crazy things stoners do when they live together, some disorder them Americans know as pinkeye, pubic hair, how funny incoherent and stoned people can be. Can it for your personal consumption. Apatow has a talent, especially for finding good roles and lines for Asian-Americans. but this remains of those annoying Hollywood films (like Mall Rats or that one where Matt Damon’s an angel) where the cast cannot help but let us know that they had so much fun making it that we should enjoy it as much as they did, to whit:

“It was probably the best time of my life, and it’ll never ever get any better. I might as well just quit,” quoth Heigl during the launch publicity.

Good for you. I’ve had lots of good times too but I didn’t feel the need to go push it in everyone’s face using international marketing companies and a product tie-in.

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