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Knocked Up: Judd Apatow Is Kind of a Genius

I suppose it's appropriate that the movie that makes me want to have Judd Apatow's babies is called Knocked Up. What's funnier is some of the best moments come from the two little girls in the movie, who are Apatow's real daughters. The girls were apparently filmed just goofing around and their improvisational stylings actually made it into the movie. It's this true-to-life feeling of discovery permeating the whole film that is perhaps the secret ingredient making Apatow's movies — and Knocked Up in particular — palatable to a wide audience.

You probably know the story by now: Allison (Katherine Heigl, who is No. 1 on my Top Ten Ladies of Summer list, btw) and Ben (Seth Rogen), two highly unlikely lovers, have drunken sex and end up pregnant. Ben's life consists of watching movies to find out the precise minute when women get naked, while Allison's career as the host of an E! celebrity show is just taking off. The two decide to keep the baby and proceed to stumble through the motions of preparing for the baby's arrival. Meanwhile, Allison's sister Debbie (Leslie Mann) and brother-in-law Pete (Paul Rudd) struggle to make their marriage work while their two little daughters (Judd Apatow's real children) act adorably throughout the whole thing. That's just the synopsis, though, so to see my take on the movie,

Katherine Heigl plays Allison as a surprisingly 3-dimensional character: career-driven, emotional, and sometimes insecure. She's not just a caricature of "woman" so often portrayed in a lot of dude movies. Leslie Mann, who plays Allison's sister (and wife to Paul Rudd's character) is perhaps my favorite person to watch, her sweet voice and innocent looks contrasting hilariously with her crude language and outrageous comments. Curiously, the male characters — while funny — are more flat overall, with the exception of Paul Rudd who employs his usual dry humor, sometimes seeming hateful of his life but always coming from a base of love to the point where you just want to eat him up. With a spoon.

While I have negative things to say about the movie they are few and virtually inconsequential. It felt longer than it is, and some of the scenes dragged, which I found surprising for such an otherwise entertaining movie. Also, as is the common affliction of romantic comedies, the lead characters don't appear to have any real chemistry at all. I didn't buy for a second that Allison and Ben were truly in love. At first it's funny because they're flirting and drunk and she's beautiful and he's goofy, but later they try for genuine feeling between the two and there's nothing there. These things are so small, though, and in general this is the most successful romantic comedy I've seen maybe ever.

Men will probably love Knocked Up for a variety of reasons, among them being the endless barrage of F-bombs dropped everywhere, the gross-out humor (one joke about pink eye actually activated my gag reflex), and the scenes of male bonding that make you feel like you're observing dudes in their natural habitat. Ladies (like me) will most likely enjoy it because it's funny and honest, and there are tender moments having to do with motherhood, dating and female bonding — all without painting women as idiots or totally insane. It's truly a win-win situation if I ever saw one.


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kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
I saw this last night... it was great! Both my boyfriend and I loved it. I am definitely going to buy it when it comes out. Great date movie! I highly recommend it!! (not for kids though, has some nudity)
lysaught20 lysaught20 9 years
I loved this movie. My boy and I went and saw it yesterday, he loved it just as much - if not more - then I did! It was a really sweet and funny movie.. so it's good for any crowd! I would for sure go see this movie before it's not showing anymore. It's a great movie, and when it's over.. you'll be thinking the same!
ispyemo ispyemo 9 years
i loved loved this movie. it is soo freaking funny.
kythera kythera 9 years
My fiance took me to see it last night and we both enjoyed it. If you don't mind the potty mouth and crude sexual humor than you will laugh your a$$ off! There was a lot of good dialog that dealed with the mysteries of the male and female species. Katherine Heigl is a good actress, definitely a fav now. :)
Allinds33 Allinds33 9 years
i loved this movie! i am usually a "wait until it comes out on DVD" girl but i heard so much great stuff about this movie that i actually went on opening night... it was hysterical... i feel like i missed some jokes b/c the entire theater (including me) was howling with laughter. i will def. see this again in the theater b/c i talked it up so much to my bf that he says he needs to go this weekend!
amandabuchanan amandabuchanan 9 years
this movie was hilarious and great for males and females alike. it's a movie that my boyfriend and i actually agree on. i highly recommend it!! you'll laugh your hiney off!
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 9 years
I really liked this movie! It was so great. However, I did not expect to actually see her giving birth. It doesn't work for the big screen. Nothing should be THAT big!
Phil Phil 9 years
I think about an hour and fifteen minutes into this film, I realized that this movie was almost perfect! It had the perfect balance of humour (of varying degrees) and drama and managed to switch between chick flick and guy film seamlessly. And, yes! The film was so real and down to earth. It was outrageous without being formulaic or caricature. Yes, even the Vegas Cirque du Soleil scenes, which were actually dead on! Although a bit of the end scenes with Ben's stoner friends, although funny, seemed penciled in as though the writers felt they were losing the guy audience. There was so much about this movie that I loved; I think it's become my favourite of the year so far! THANK YOU JUDD APATOW. I can't wait for Superbad!
rainonme224 rainonme224 9 years
I loved this movie. My boyfriend and I went to see it and we wasn't too thrilled about seeing it but I think he ended up laughing more than I did! This is the perfect couple movie to see. We both loved it and I'll be buying it when it comes out on dvd.
boilergirl boilergirl 9 years
This movie was so freaking hilarious.... watching Debbie and Pete interact kind of freaked me out, it was so much like my husband and I! This is the must see movie of the summer!
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
very insightful on male/female relationships. the conversations between couples were spot on. to the point of being painful sometimes. (sigh) we all just do the best we can and try and make the world great for our kids. but then someone else comes along and sees a differnet, wonderful, side to your spouse and you think "really? huh." and take another look at them.
BonjourChaton BonjourChaton 9 years
I love Judd Apatow, I loved Freaks and Geeks and I'm so happy he's doing movies now, if only he would do a movie about Bill from Freaks and Geeks, he's the best!!
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 9 years
Very cute summer movie - perfect for guys and girls - more romantic than you would expect!
figurine figurine 9 years
Hm, seems like I'll have to see this one after all.
MnAly MnAly 9 years
I saw a sneak preview of it on Thursday and loved it so much that I made my hubby see it with me again today. The movie is so hilarious and is so REAL. Definitely go see it!
megstar megstar 9 years
This movie was BRILLIANT. I saw it tonight with my girlfriends, and the theater was packed.`When there was a funny part, the entire theater laughed - it was that funny. My friends and I discussed it after we watched and decided that it would be a perfect couple movie because it has hilarious guy humour in it, plus it's all about relationships, hence the chick flick side to it. It is so worth going to see this movie, you will laugh AT LEAST every two minutes. And the little girl in the movie, the one that's two or three is so cute and hilarious!
loveleighdancer loveleighdancer 9 years
I just got back from seeing it! This movie was great!!!!! I laughed so much!
Kazagirl Kazagirl 9 years
Looks interesting but it is definitely a renter for me.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
I just came back from seeing it. You'll love it; it's so funny and good!
CestLaVie CestLaVie 9 years
Can't wait to see it! Have a good weekend everyone!
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
So excited, this is my first summer movieI was actually dying to see.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
I can't wait to see this!
itchyworm itchyworm 9 years
im so seeing this movie!!!!!
crispet1 crispet1 9 years
Cant wait to see it.
LuciLu LuciLu 9 years
I am surprised by all the good press this film is getting! I might have to go see it this weekend! :)
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