665. Knocked Up

665-knocked-upBackground info

Title: Knocked Up
Director: Judd Apatow
Year: 2007
Run time: 2hrs 9m

“The writer and director of The 40-Year-Old Virgin delivers a hilarious hit comedy that the New York Post calls “Brilliant.” They say that opposites attract. Well, for slacker Ben (Seth Rogen) and career girl Alison (Katherine Heigl), that’s certainly the case – at least for one intoxicated evening. Two months and several pregnancy tests later, Ben and Alison go through a hysterically funny, anxious and heartwarming journey that The New York Times calls “an instant classic.””

Live blog

3:12 – It’s gotta be an interesting series to investigate what kids Google given the opportunity.
6:55 – So many famous names in this one.
8:04 – “We can’t legally ask you to do that.” But here’s a free gym membership.
17:40 – You can’t be mad at waking up early if you’re in someone else’s house, surely?
20:11 – This is 40 had lots of LOST references in it too.
22:14 – FRANCO!
26:26 – I love their pool. I want a pool.
27:07 – Just realised all the friends are going by their actual names – Jason, Jonah, Jay and Martin.
30:09 – “We don’t get money for the hours we put in, but it is our job.”
36:36 – That’s great casting, he looks just like he could be his dad.
38:53 – I like him stealing advice from his dad. Passing on the words of wisdom.
47:57 – Playing fetch with the kids! I would do that!
48:56 – “I wish I liked anything as much as my kids like bubbles.”
58:37 – The background music in this film keeps distracting me.
1:03:36 – Paul Rudd is awesome.
1:05:11 – She doesn’t know who Doc Brown is? Well this film is dead to me.
1:16:22 – “I’m not being mean, I’m being honest.” I hear that a lot.
1:22:59 – How can you feel fabulous after three Red Bulls? I can barely get through one.
1:33:09 – Loving the emotional breakdown via chairs.
1:39:06 – Lovely Steve Carrell.
1:42:47 – The Kristen Wigg role, I want that one.
1:59:44 – The Jason friend is crazy creepy.
2:05:61 – Cute idea with the baby book, but useless without captions.

Conclusions

This is a film that’s been on our radar for a while, from before we watched This is 40 but even more so since then. The trouble is, I didn’t want to watch it really, because oof Katherine Heigl and oof heavy emphasis on pregnancy and kids.

Eventually, we decided we had to watch because it has cultural significance, is referenced in other films and it has a huge number of famous people in it.

I didn’t really enjoy it, there were a few funny moments along the way, but really neither Heigl nor Rogan played sympathetic characters and it was hard to care about them when they made bad decisions almost every step of the way. I was also seriously annoyed that he made a huge effort to turn his life around and she barely acknowledged it.

It’s no wonder that Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann got the spin-off for this, they really were the stars of the show – her neurotic analysis of their lives, and his difficulties being in a long-term relationship – but even they ended up being a frustrating watch by the end. Important to have seen it, I think, but not one I particularly enjoyed.

 

Rating: 2/5.

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