Director: Judd Apatow
Starring: Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul
Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Jason Segel, Martin
RunTime: 2 hrs 10 mins
Released By: UIP
Rating: M18 (Coarse Language & Some Sexual
Official Website: http://www.knockedupmovie.com
Date: 26 July 2007
Scott (Heigl) is an up-and-coming entertainment journalist
whose 24-year-old life is on the fast track. But it gets seriously
derailed when a drunken one-nighter with slacker Ben Stone
(Rogen) results in an unwanted pregnancy. Faced with the prospect
of going it alone or getting to know the baby's father, Allison
decides to give the lovable doof a chance.
kid who has no desire to settle down, Ben learns that he has
a big decision to make with his kid's mom-to-be: will he hit
the road or stay in the picture? Courting a woman you've just
"Knocked Up," however, proves to be a little difficult
when the two try their hands at dating. As they discover more
about one another, it becomes painfully obvious that they're
not the soul mates they'd hoped they might be.
Allison's harried sister Debbie (Mann) and hen-pecked brother-in-law
Pete (Rudd) the only parenting role models the young lovers
have, things get even more confusing. Should they raise the
baby together? What makes a happy lifetime partnership after
all? A couple of drinks and one wild night later, they've
got nine confusing months to figure it out...
40th Year Old Virgin left me panting (from laughing) from
one comedic set up to another and it was one of the rare flicks
that left a jaw cramp in that year. With that wonderful memory
of the first expose to director Judd Apatow’s deft touch
on sexuality comedy, the expectation of his next film which
incidentally had a sexual theme to it, left a craving for
more of the same very crude but very effective humor.
more, it’s about a pudgy and below average looking guy,
Ben (Seth Rogen) scoring with very attractive lady, Allison
Scott (Katherine Heigl) and accidentally made her pregnant.
Incidentally belonging to that group of pudgy and below average
looking group of guys, I can’t wait to relate to this
“heroic deed” and perhaps learn some tricks from
was presented instead was a rather quick and almost “automatic”
progression of Ben and the very gorgeous Allison hooking up.
It felt that the focus wasn’t on the process of knocking
up but it’s just a motif to showcase the difference
between man and woman. Even the decision of keeping the baby
and this unlikely couple becoming a couple seemed like so
rushed and direct that there isn’t any much grey area
to consider or poke fun at.
then to milk all there are on the unlikely hook up or the
decision to keep the baby for all it’s comedic worth
, Knocked Up squandered much of the precious time on the very
different mindset between the male and female species. It
went on and on about the male ego and the female’s need,
sidetracking to Allison’s sister problematic marriage
which felt too much of a lecture on what make the male and
female tick. Instead of entertaining, it felt like one had
unsuspectingly walked into a married couple consultation session
that was hard to sneak out from.
this cynical and cranky review belongs to the minority as
Knocked up is a major hit in the USA both critically and also
to the casual viewers but personally, it’s was one of
the most insipid comedy of the year and any social commentary
that it tried to make, failed to make any impact that last
longer than a one night stand.
mildly heartwarming comedic that neither loveable nor dislikeable,
Review by Richard Lim Jr