Knocked Up has been knocking it out of the park with great reviews, however I disagree with all the initial hype and praise.
Knocked Up was written and directed by Judd Apatow, notable for having also directed The 40 Year Old Virgin. This comedy stars some familiar faces from The 40 Year Old Virgin: Seth Rogan, Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill, Leslie Mann(the director’s wife), and from Grey’s Anatomy Katherine Heigl. The story’s main characters are Seth Rogan, as Ben Stone, and Katherine Heigl, as Alison, who meet for a one night stand and end up having a child together.
This film is getting rave reviews and the only raving I can add of my own is a loud yell of: WHY? I was numbed by boredom and lame attempts at humor almost immediately and it never really picked up.
Okay, to be positive, all of the actors did well in their roles; except for the older kid that was in it, she did poorly. There were some funny moments. However, the overall feel of the movie was exactly like The 40 Year Old Virgin in that it felt like a bunch of fun people hanging around and making stuff up as they went along. I chuckled a few times, but for most of the time I was squirming in my seat and wondering when the thing would end. Lots of lame dialog , pauses, and like The 40 Year Old Virgin was too long. In the end I think The 40 Year Old Virgin was funnier.
The jokes in Knocked Up are nothing original if most any of them can even be considered jokes or comedy at all. The movie was more like a feel good sort of film which people with kids, having a kid, or bored with their marriage may relate to, but then that makes it sad considering the subject matter and how negative those relatable feelings must be. I wasn’t laughing often enough to have paid theatre ticket prices to see this film.
My disliking of the film I blame on Judd Apatow. The same things that made his other films weak in certain aspects were shown in full force here. It seems like the comedy is too forced and that the writing was done by a hack. If I were stoned maybe it would have been funnier, but most of the situations played out like reality in a way that was entertaining. Someone stoned would find more laughter and fun just going to hang out with their own friends instead of watching the guys from this movie hanging around together.
This movie is a rental. I will agree that it would be worth a one time rental fee on DVD. However, it was a major disappointment for me seeing it in the theatre. Weak and just not funny to me, critics get a lot of things wrong, but then again here I am being a critic as well.