Saturday, June 02, 2007
Movie Reviews: KNOCKED UP
Allison Scott (Katharine Heigl) is on the fast track for a promising career as an entertainment journalist. Her big plans get a little messed up, though, after a one-night stand with a total slacker (Seth Rogen) gets her pregnant. Although she has the determination to be a successful working single mom, Allison tries to involve her baby's daddy in her life, but he may turn out to be a little too immature to handle fatherhood.
Cast Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Jay Baruchel (more)
Director(s) Judd Apatow
Writer(s) Judd Apatow
Status In theaters (wide)
Release Date June 1, 2007
Running Time 129 minutes
MPAA Rating R - for sexual content, drug use and language
Judd Apatow's follow up to last years stellar The 40 Year Old Virgin is equally excellent. Knocked Up gives us some smart and raunchy fun that is gut-bustingly funny throughout, even if the film is a tad over long running at slightly over 2 hours. Seth Rogan is excellent as he more or less expands on his character from The 40 Year Old Virgin and gives a wonderful delivery of his lines as he makes his character both memorable and charming. Katharine Heigl gives a sufficient counter point to Rogan's slacker, keeping her business woman character leveled without venturing into tired clichéd. The supporting players here also give scene stealing performances; Leslie Mann, Apatow's real life wife, in particular is just awesome to watch as she and Paul Rudd trade devilishly impressive barbs at each other. Fans of TV's The Office should be happy to see some of Scranton's drones pop up in little cameos. This film achieves such a precise balance of being low brow but being touching at the same time. Apatow's talent as a director is on display as he creates another comedy date movie hybrid that's sure to please both sexes.