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Knocked Up isn't going to help change the world or anything, but at the very least it may help take one's mind off the relentlessly dismal headlines. I don't know what greater service a mere movie can perform these days.
Hilarious from moment to moment, but leaving behind both a warm glow and a sting. This is a picture that refuses to fetishize either the ability to conceive or the significance of our place in the universe once we've done so.
What makes the movie so winning are its endearing and relatable characters who spout believable dialogue and amusing banter, steeped in clever pop-culture references and sharp observations of human nature.
It's hard enough to find comedies like this at any time, so it's a small and welcome miracle to come upon one in the midst of a typical movie summer, richer than ever in over-budgeted, underwhelming inanities.
It's not that Knocked Up is misogynistic -- if anything, Apatow is uxorious to a fault, scrupulously respectful of chicks and the chick stuff they do. He just doesn't seem to get exactly what that stuff is.
An era-defining comedy classic to rank with Little Miss Sunshine. It's this generation's When Harry Met Sally, and it's even better than The 40-Year-Old Virgin, because the freakish situation it uses as a setup is life.
Knocked Up positions itself as this summer's 40 Year Old Virgin. But it's actually this summer's Jersey Girl, a tone-deaf skip down parenthood lane for a generation that grew up on bong hits, blogging and supposedly safe sex.
Two hours and small change seems like a lot for any movie comedy to ask of its audience. But it's hard to imagine how much Knocked Up could shed from its baggy frame without diminishing its roughhousing charms.
An uproariously frank treatment of pregnancy and adulthood. Movies about family chaos are generally the province of PG-rated Steve Martin comedies, which makes the raw candor of Apatow's film not only refreshing, but more honest in its sentiment.
Apatow is clearly a romantic, even if there's a profane edge to his 'love conquers all' worldview. Other filmmakers embarking into the comedy minefield could learn a thing or two from him. He's two for two.
Knocked Up feels very now. The banter is bruisingly funny, the characters brilliantly childish, the portrait of our culture's narrowing gap between children and their elders hysterical -- in all senses.
Knocked Up is uproarious. Line for line, minute to minute, writer-director Judd Apatow's latest effort is more explosively funny, more frequently, than nearly any other major studio release in recent memory.