Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Knocked Up

Title: Knocked Up (2007)
Dir: Judd Apatow
Rating: **** out of 5 stars

The 40-Year-Old Virgin taught the world something that Freaks and Geeks fans already knew - Judd Apatow is a comedy genius. And if there still remains any doubt on that issue, Knocked Up is guaranteed to crush it.

To celebrate her promotion, career woman Allison Scott (Katherine Heigl) hits up the night club, where she meets a slovenly slacker named Ben (Seth Rogen). After many, many drinks, they spend the night together. Weeks later, Allison has forgotten this one-night stand and works as a successful television personality. But when the morning sickness hits, the alarming truth becomes evident - Allison is pregnant, and the father could only be one person.

After the initial shock, she and Ben agree to keep the baby and do their best to make their relationship work, but their conflicting lifestyles cause many roadbumps along the way. The movie follows their progress as a couple and shows that falling in love and having children doesn't necessarily occur in that order.

Knocked Up is not as funny as Apatow's last film, but it is more romantic and poignant. The characters are very relatable, and their situations feel all too familiar. Rogen and Heigl are perfect, and backed up by a fantastic supporting cast that includes Leslie Mann (aka Mrs Apatow), Paul Rudd, Alan Tudyk, Jason Segel, and Jonah Hill. It's not the kind of film I'd watch over and over, probably because it's just not that funny to me, but it's still one well-rounded movie worth seeing and worth praising.