Knocked Up (R) 129 minutes A
Starring Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jason Segel, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, and Martin Starr
If you liked the film The 40 Year Old Virgin, you will love Knocked Up. It is astounding and very impressive that Writer/Director Judd Apatow was able to follow up The 40 Year Old Virgin with an equally brilliant and equally funny- Knocked Up.
Ben (Seth Rogen) is an average, run-of-the-mill, underachieving pothead. As luck would have it, Ben hits the jackpot when he meets the beautiful, vulnerable and overachieving Alison (Katherine Heigl). Aided by lots of alcohol, the two end up indulging in a drunken night of passion. A night that results in pregnancy.
From the film's title, you probably figured out the premise even before reading this review, but that doesn't hinder the brilliance and the acumen of the story. The writing here is witty, well-balanced and hilarious, it makes me wonder how lesser, more formulaic comedies ever see the light of day. Kyle Smith of the New York Post wrote, "ridiculous comedies can be fine, but the ones that matter creep up close to the truth. This one lives in it."
Ben and Alison aren't the only couple in turmoil in the film. Pete (the brilliant Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) have their own special set of problems as a married couple that have grown comfortably miserable and are on the verge of imploding. Pete and Debbie are just as entertaining as Ben and Alison, and the two parallel relationships are a perfect contrast.
Everything in this film blends together very well and despite being a little long for a romantic comedy, this film lives up to the hype! For a good laugh, go see this film. Run, don't walk to the theater!
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