Wednesday, April 02, 2008

REVIEW: Knocked Up

Knocked Up

Year: 2007
Director: Judd Apatow
Starring: Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jason Segel
Distributor: Universal Pictures
MPAA: Rated R

In 2005, director Judd Apatow showed us that a rated R comedy flick like The 40 Year Old Virgin can be funny and have a great story at the same time. Enter Knocked Up, a film that's supposedly a spiritual sequel to The 40 Year Old Virgin. Knocked Up became a huge success and a sleeper hit in my opinion. I don't think anybody was expecting this film to be as successful as it is today. I mean movies about couples getting drunk and pregnant doesn't sound like something that's going to grab audiences around the world and yet it did. Knocked Up grossed an estimated $219 million worldwide on a budget of only $30 million. Its become director Judd Apatow's most successful film he has directed, produced or written. Being a big fan of The 40 Year Old Virgin, it was only a matter of time before I went to go see this film. I first saw the film in theaters a couple days after it was released and I loved it. I enjoyed it so much that I went 3 more times after that.

Plot Outline:
Ben Stone (Seth Rogen) and his stoned friends dream of making a website that reveals where and when movie stars get naked in movies. Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) just got promoted to become a presenter on E! and has been told to become thinner for the sake of her job, it would be a nightmare if she were to get pregnant, right? Well her worst nightmare comes true after chance brings them together in a bar and a one night stand that would end up as something that would change their lives forever. After all the craziness that has progressed, Alison decides to keep the baby with both Alison and Ben deciding to give each other a chance for the sake of the baby. As the nine months pass by, tolerance turns to accommodation which turns to true love for the two.

The story of Knocked Up is great. I gave high remarks for Apatow's The 40 Year Old Virgin because I thought the story was realistic and is something people could relate to. The same goes for Knocked Up. The plot is filled with enjoyable moments that only do nothing more than entertain you. The movie contains many jokes that are hilarious and meaningful. Sure the movie ain't funny as The 40 Year Old Virgin, but it comes close. The movie is geared more towards the story rather than relying on the jokes. This works perfectly because Knocked Up isn't a film that you walk into expecting the funniest shit ever, its a film that will make you laugh, but also care about the story. The story doesn't throw you any curve balls so what you get is what you start out with in the beginning. The characters in the film are wonderful and all have this feel that they belong in the film. I thought director Judd Apatow did a great job directing The 40 Year Old Virgin, but he did an even better job directing Knocked Up.

The cast of Knocked Up is also pretty great. Seth Rogen plays as Ben Stone who is one of the main characters in the film. He does a great job in his role and this film really is a break through role for him. Before this film, I didn't really know who he was and what he was capable of, but thanks to this film, I now do. Katherine Heigl plays as Alison Scott and she also gives a great performance. I enjoyed the fact that she looked perfect next to Rogen and that the two actually looked like a couple in trouble. Paul Rudd plays as Pete and hes pretty good as always. I enjoyed the fact that he was in the film. Leslie Mann plays as Debbie and she gives a great performance in her role. She plays a much bigger role in this film compared to her role in The 40 Year Old Virgin. We also have Jason Segel playing as Jason and hes really funny in this film. I enjoyed every minute he was on screen.

The visual look of the movie isn't something that's going to strike people down. This isn't something I would recommend using to demo your new HDTV, but its still a good looking movie. The film has vibrant colors that look wonderful on screen and really pop out. Detail is somewhat good with most shots looking greatly detailed while other looking alittle soft. For a film that came out almost a year ago, the source seems to be clean and precise. In the end, its a pretty good looking movie, but don't expect high quality CGI from a movie like this.

The soundtrack in Knocked Up is great. Unlike The 40 Year Old Virgin where we didn't get much from the sound department, Knocked Up features a great list of music. The movie doesn't seem to have its own score which is a shame, but it does have some great sounding music. What we get is a mixture of different types of music that somehow go very well with the movie. I was quite surprised on how well the movie used its music. Almost every scene has music in it whether its a quite scene or a loud scene. The movie also features alot of dialogue so its nice to know the dialogue is clean and clear. The movie doesn't have a whole lot of bass work considering its a comedy and not Spider-Man 3, but whats their works.

Knocked Up is Judd Apatow's latest and greatest film yet. I happen to enjoy this film much more than I did The 40 Year Old Virgin. The story is great and realistic because the plot of the movie can happen to just about anybody. The cast is very solid with alot of the cast member really playing their parts good. I'm glad this film was a break through role for Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl because the both of them were great in this film. The visual look of the movie is vibrant and pretty consistent. The soundtrack is wonderful even though it doesn't contain its own score. Knocked Up is a great movie that just about any adult who enjoys rough comedies would like. I can recommend this film to anybody who loves adult comedies and loved The 40 Year Old Virgin. Sure the movie can get predictable at times, but its still a great movie overall.

Grade: B+

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