Knocked Up Reviews
Bouncer: It's not cuz you not hot, I would LOVE to tap that ass. I would tear, that ass, up. I can't let you in cuz you old as f***. For this club. Not, you know, for the earth. You old, she pregnant, can't have a bunch of old pregnant b****es runnin' around, that's crazy. I'm only allowed to let in 5% black people. He said that. 5%. That mean if there's 25 people here I get to let in one and a quarter black people. So I gotta hope there's a black midget in the crowd.
Feel the truth.
His effective use of believable dialogue and "relationship problems" between our leads really tones down the hallmark feel of their romance. Not only that but it approaches realistic themes, leaves them open for discussion without letting them drag down the story's weightless charm.
There are times when I feel his deliberate diversion from an obvious issue of its premise (abortion) somewhat cowardly but I guess it wouldn't help the films accessibility to make it a forum for such a heated topic.
Also, Apatow has a tendency of dragging movies on. I'm not sure what it is but he always seems to exhaust a story before finally drawing its conclusions. It's a little annoying but not so much that I can't enjoy his work.
Entertainment TV reporter Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) goes clubbing with her uptight sister (Leslie Mann) to celebrate a surprise promotion. Buoyed by happiness and booze, she hits it off with a friendly slacker called Ben Stone (Seth Rogen) and takes him home for a spot of one-off sex. A series of pregnancy tests later, and a one-night stand is turning into a lifetime commitment.
I have to admit that I put off watching this for quite some time, as I thought it would be just another juvenile 'dick joke' film. I was wrong. Well...almost. Apatow's crude humour is ever present and welcome, but this film doesn't shy away from dealing with adult situations and relationships also. It's a very observational comedy, dealing with the myriad of emotions when becoming a parent for the first time. There were moments when I felt like Apatow had been spying on my life, before the birth of my first child. I could empathise and identify with the characters and their mixed emotions. The dialogue is sharp and hilarious, the characters neurotic and the situations very real. It works well both as a comedy and a dramatisation of the most important time in a persons life. The actors all put in great work, especially Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann with the seemingly perfect happy family. The main problem is the running time though, it is just a bit overlong and Apatow seems to have the recurring problem of not knowing when to wrap things up. Towards the end, I began to feel that Heigl (and the film) was so overdue that a hormone injection was needed to help things along. Still, getting there raised all sorts of giggles and delivered some good gags.
Like the baby itself...an unexpected joy.