Jul 25, 2009

Knocked Up Review


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Premise:
Ben Stone (Seth Rogen) is a flat-out loser, whose job is to construct a porn website with his half-a-dozen roommates, is an illegal alien from Canada, and is a total stoner burn-out, but just so happens to have a one night stand with Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl). As you could guess from the title, this leads to Alison's impregnation, which sucks big time for her because she's actually on the right track with her life, working as an on-screen reporter for E! News. Keeping Alison grounded are her sister Debbie (Leslie Mann of Big Daddy fame) and her husband Pete (Paul Rudd).





Standouts:
The acting in this movie is really top notch. Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd and Jonah Hill are utterly hilarious, specifically Rudd when he plays off of Rogen. The writing however when broken down really stands out as an anchor, dragging the overall rating down. I get that Rogen is a stoner, but this goes beyond Stoner humor to just plain, you have to be high to laugh. Pineapple Express was a good example of a movie revolving around marijuana without having to use it as a crutch. The plot development was well done, but really, there are just some scenes where the writing kills credibility.


My Highlights:
Paul Rudd tripping on mushrooms in a hotel room with Seth Rogen. Really, I can't think of too many other highlights other than this, as there were only brief jokes sprinkled throughout that made me laugh. Rudd however is a beautiful, beautiful point of humor.


Overall Rating:
I think it was because so many people told me I ABSOLUTELY HAD TO see this movie for the last two years that makes me a bit biased, but I can only give this movie 3 1/2 *'s. It was enjoyable, entertaining, but after two hours and thirteen minutes, I felt like I had to carry a bastard child for the whole nine months myself. I don't mind if comedies occasionally break the traditional hour and a half time frame, but this one just seemed unmemorable for it's length. So my final call is rent it if you're moseying through your Blockbuster, Movie Gallery, Planet Hollywood, or whatever, and pick it out if you want a comedy to watch with your girl, but only if you're utterly uninterested in everything else around you.

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