Knocked Up (2007) by The Critical Movie Critics

Movie Review: Knocked Up (2007)

Yeah, I know. I’m late to the game — everyone one calling themselves a critic has seen and reported on Knocked Up already. Each and everyone one of them has seemingly given it rave reviews too. They also all gave shiny, glowing reviews to “Hostel: Part II” and we all know how wrong they got that one . . . don’t we? Therefore, I felt it was my obligation to tell you, even if it is belated, whether these people are actually telling the truth or just buying into the brouhaha.

And here it is. Knocked Up isn’t nearly as funny as all these folks are telling you. That by no means is saying that it isn’t a funny movie, it’s saying it should have been 100-times funnier. “But how can this be,” you ask, “Isn’t this written and directed by Judd Apatow, the guy who brought us the classic ‘The 40 Year Old Virgin’?” It most certainly is. He has undoubtedly come up with another concept that for all intents and purposes can be funny as fuck.

It’s a story about how two people on completely separate courses in life intersect with each other and ultimately try and meld those paths together. Ben Stone (Seth Rogen) is a perpetual frat-boy loser (putting it mildly) without a goddamn thing going for him. Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) is a hot, up-and-coming Hollywood reporter for the E! Television network. Their paths cross at a local dance club when Alison and her sister Debbie (Leslie Mann) and Ben and his 4 uninspired friends (Jason Segel, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill and Martin Starr) run into each other. Add two parts alcohol, one part atmosphere and Ben becomes the lucky recipient of a good ‘ole banging. Strip away the luck when, eight weeks later, Alison calls to say she is pregnant. The “hilarity” ensues as these two incompatible people try and form a relationship.

I put the word hilarity in quotes because as I said before, Knocked Up doesn’t come close to reaching it’s full potential. I had fully expected the bulk of the humor to come from the differences between both characters as they found themselves mired in situations they had no control over. Or more importantly, in situations they absolutely had no desire to be in. And while there are a few moments of that (gynecologist visits, shopping for baby gear) there didn’t seem to be a lot of focus on the outstanding issue at hand — the pregnancy!

Most of the jokes were centered around the interactions of side characters; most notably Debbie and her husband Pete (Paul Rudd, “Reno 911!: Miami”). These two, stuck in a rocky marriage, provide the tit for tat, you’re a worthless asshole routine I expected from the stars of the movie. They’re so good at it, I was getting flashbacks of my wife barking incessantly at me. The only difference is I was able to laugh heartedly at their situation! The other jokes landed squarely on the tried and true college humor. Guys acting like four-year olds who like to smoke pot, drink heavily and lay around the house, all the while saying stupid shit at the most inopportune moments. I’ll admit that it is funny for a few scenes, but I found it wears thin rather quickly, just like the tires of an Indy car (good for a lap or two, then there needs to be a change).

All in all, even though Knocked Up doesn’t live up to the hype, it is still a decent comedy. And with all the horror, poorly directed dramas and glut of trilogies in theaters now, it’s just what the doctor ordered. I’ve warned you though, the laughs won’t come in droves but they will come. And all things considered, that’s all that really matters, isn’t it?

Critical Movie Critic Rating:
3 Star Rating: Average


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The Critical Movie Critics

I'm an old, miserable fart set in his ways. Some of the things that bring a smile to my face are (in no particular order): Teenage back acne, the rain on my face, long walks on the beach and redneck women named Francis. Oh yeah, I like to watch and criticize movies.

'Movie Review: Knocked Up (2007)' have 10 comments

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    July 21, 2007 @ 8:05 am just-4-teens

    judging by the trailer this film looks like it will be worth watching?

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    November 6, 2007 @ 1:33 pm Atomic Popcorn

    Not totally my type of humor but a solid , semi humorous film

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    November 13, 2007 @ 9:42 pm Jan Bay

    I’m no writer, but as the picture moved along I found myself thinking, “If they had done (this or that) in that situation it would have been funnier that what they wrote into the story.” Either I don’t get it or the director doesn’t get me. I’m not sure what the case may be.

    Knocked Up was funny, but not hilariously so. I don’t find sophomoric behavior by grown men that funny, I suppose. I can only laugh so much at stoner’s vacant stares. It’s funny and touching enough to keep you watching, but I had trouble liking some of the characters.

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    November 18, 2007 @ 2:29 am Sirius Lee

    I decided to watch this on the strength of it having Katherine Heigl as one of its leads. Little did I know that this movie would end up making me a Seth Rogen fan. While Judd Apatow may have slipped a bit since The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, nevertheless, is still a good, solid effort.

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    September 21, 2008 @ 7:43 am Maya

    is every american still in wonderland?
    worst humor. 1,5 actors w talent. the rest worth shooting in da head unless they change career path.
    American movie r getting worse. can’t believe u guys liked it. u all in wonderland!!! brainwashed like kids!

    P.S. Spam protection: Sum of 1+10!!! u must b kidding me!!!

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    February 6, 2009 @ 10:24 pm beats

    I rated the movie note bad, my girl wanted to watch it on our movie night are home. Got a few lauhs out of it, but glad I got netflix uuase I woulda wanted my money back.

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    October 10, 2009 @ 3:06 pm Mello

    I thought the movie was pretty cool,

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    November 8, 2009 @ 5:49 pm Instrumentals

    Not a cinema movie by any doubt, but great when your home and bored and nothing to do.

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    December 7, 2009 @ 3:46 pm wasim

    I liked this film, I usually like films that Seth Rogen is in, I enjoy his style of humor. This film is is one to watch, but don’t expect it to be any more than just a simple comedy.

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    May 2, 2012 @ 1:28 pm jmo

    This is by far one of my favorite 2007 movie I have seen.. I watched it about 10x last night.

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