Knocked Up (2007) Directed by Judd Apatow. With Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jonah Hill and Jason Segel.
On the face of it, Knocked Up looks like an airhead comedy, aimed squarely at the teenage portion of the movie-going market, but under it’s surface, it’s making a point about society’s ill placed, yet high value on appearances.
Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl play supposed polar opposites, brought together by a drunken one night stand. The title of the film ought to tell you the rest. Written and directed by Judd Apatow, the film coasts along confidently thanks to an enjoyable cast of comedy talent and punchy dialogue. The heart of the film is undeniably Rogen, whose dopey, yet engaging character has just the right balance of honesty and vulnerability to make you want to root for him.
What ultimately gives the film it’s freshness, beyond the fart jokes and toilet humour, is it’s more sensitive side. It’s true that it panders to some obvious stereotypes, but in and amongst, the intentions are mostly to make you feel good. Apatow might not have birthed an absolute classic here, but there’s plenty to make you laugh and smile in a film that ought to play well across a wide adult demographic. 3.5/5