Knocked Up
On the heels of 2005's blockbuster The 40-Year-Old Virgin, writer/director Judd Apatow again finds hilarity from human nature in a comedy about a one-night stand with unexpected consequences: Knocked Up.

Katherine Heigl (Grey's Anatomy, Roswell) joins Virgin alums Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann for a comic look about the best thing that will ever ruin your best-laid plans: parenthood.

The best THREE DIMENSIONAL comedy I've seen in a long time. Ask ADAM...I'm not a big comedy guy. I usually just sit there and stare at the screen with at the most a smile across my face.
 
Knocked up covers all the bases of an excellent well written, well directed, well acted, good story, great subplots, movie that is not only hilarious but it also takes us to a deeper level of understanding with human conditions and crazy situations.

I was sucked into the movie and not once during the entire two hours did I realize I was not in the land of movie magic. The characters consume you, the viewer, right from the opening credits.
 
Read my warning...this movie is not for the faint of heart. Very vulgar, raw, and pregnantly(made this word up) disturbing.
 
Adam...you are now witnessing me giving a comedy the highest review award that can be given in the Land of the Dead.
Reviewed by: shea
18 Comment(s)
* (asterisk) (http://suchastheyare.blogspot.com) said...
Terrible, terrible, terrible film.
Shea said...
A-man...on most comedy battlefields I will always be an your ally. BUT... I felt Knocked Up and Superbad were great as far my outlook on the genre.

There was actually a deeper level attained than just slap stick in yo face stupidity.

What did you hate about it?
Paul said...
I'm sorry...best comedy of 2007?
Shea said...
What was better?...Hot Rod?...Norbit?
Paul said...
Hot Fuzz anyone?
Shea said...
Hmmmm...I will go with that.(awww my face)...

But still it doenst feel right to throw Hot Fuzz in the same conversation as Knocked Up.

To me Knocked clashes against Steve, Will, the Wilson brothers, Vince...all those goofy guys.

Hot Fuzz is a whole nother caliber...ACTION!

I am sure someone is going to shove Darjeeling in my face too.
Paul said...
I would even say Knocked Up was a poor offering from Apatow and Co., when compared to their previous works. You said it right Shea, cookie cutter comedy. This is why Hot Fuzz is so much better...it's clever, not this low-brow, frat-house comedy we've come to appreciate.

I couldn't agree more, Hot Fuzz IS a whole nother caliber.
(and by caliber of course I mean both the size of their gun barrels and the high quality of their comedy...caliber, it's a homonym - anyone?)
Shea said...
I bow out. You are right Paul. But in that cookie cutter genre of comedy Knocked Up has the sprinkles.


I stand corrected Paul...your an oak.
Nick said...
I really liked Knocked Up, but I liked 40-Year-Old-Virgin and Superbad more (though Superbad was just produced, not directed, by Apatow). Knocked Up got too serious too often and was a bit too long, but I still really liked it. I love the scene when they're trippin on shrooms in Vegas and in their hotel room and freaking out about the different kinds of chairs.
Andy said...
OVER RATED. After hearing about how this movie defined a generation and changed how comedies are going to be made in the future, I finally watched it. So average. A step above the mindless Will Ferrel vehicles, but still nothing special. Hot Fuzz on the other hand...
Red said...
I had no intention of watching Knocked Up since I knew it wouldn't be up my street. Then my brother-in-law and his wife were so gushing about it, about how it really captures the quirks of male and female nature, how funny it was... I gave it a try. And I wasted two hours and five minutes of my life sitting there in disbelief that this unfunny tripe passes for comedy. Bad, bad, bad.
How can this movie be overrated? I mean, it was a box office smash that quickly propelled everyone to stardom. While I personally think "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" was better - there is no doubt that "Knocked Up" brought Jonah Hill and Apatow's usual gang of cronies out the forefront.

Andy is off his rocker, haha - He's too dizzy from all that crazy "Doomsday" action to realize what he's saying! I actually can see the pull quote on the "Doomsday" DVD now: Avid Andy says, "If you liked The Shawshank Redemption then you'll LOVE Doomsday!"

As for best of 2007 - I would probably say "Superbad" would have been my choice, not to mention that other pregnant movie "Juno."

As for "Hot Fuzz," sure it's hilarious - but it's a very specific kind of humor that not everyone enjoys. Not only is it subtle and obscure and British - it's based on spoofing action movies, which to me anyway, doesn't quite fit the profile of what we're talking about here.

When I saw it in theaters, I definitely thought it was one of the funniest films I had seen in recent years - b/c of it's truth and heart, but obviously like I said - "Superbad" trumps it for me.

I'm playing this one down the middle - My review is just as blasphemous as Shea's - I may have even given it a 5. It's just that we can only judge a movie for what it is when it comes out, and when it came out - I thought it was amazing. Now that I've seen it a few times on DVD since then, it's become a little watered down.

It just comes down to sense of humor at the end of the day - People can call "Knocked Up" low-brow, but I don't see it that way at all. While I obviously love and appreciate the caliber of humor in "Hot Fuzz" - "Knocked Up" was taking big chances trying to make a rather unfunny story about a one night stand and an accidental pregnancy into a honest, hilarious story of life.

That's all I got.
Nick said...
I agree with Adam. Superbad and Juno were the best comedies of last year, I think.

Though, if you have the special edition of Knocked Up on DVD, watch the extended version of Dr. Kuni's monologue about the birthing process... it's the funniest thing ever.
Andy said...
It's overrated because the movie doesn't live up to the hype. I think it's pretty obvious you are only defending it because it made the white fro cool for about 2 weeks. And yes, Occupato definitely got a bounce and rode the wave of fro-steria to become the indie darling of 2007. But now that things have settled down, and we can all be a little more objective - Knocked Up was just ok.
* (asterisk) (http://suchastheyare.blogspot.com) said...
Well, I gave it 14 out of 100 in my review. It was really the worst thing I'd seen in ages. And I like comedy. And I like US comedy. I just think it was at least 35 minutes too long; there were too many asides featuring the fat guy's unfunny friends doing really unfunny stuff like pretending to be Stephen Hawking; the whole premise was flawed: that this girl would keep this baby from this loser instead of having an abortion and helping her career... That's the funniest thing.

I literally chuckled about a dozen times. No big belly laughs. Not one. Seriously. I expected nothing; I got nothing.

You wanna know the funniest thing I saw in the past 12 months?
"What's this?"
"Cheese."
"And this?"
"Cheese."
"This?"
"That's also cheese."
"What about this?"
"More cheese."
Ad infinitum.
Shea said...
My friend...all that cheese will do no good for your digestion.
* (asterisk) (http://suchastheyare.blogspot.com) said...
Cheeeeeeeese.
Paul said...
Shea, Adam...I wish we could all three watch this movie together and see how funny it really is. We all know that's the true test.