Wednesday 26th January 2022

Knocked Up (15)
Directed by: Judd Apatow
Reviewed by: Paul Fonz
Oh yeah, Paul Rudd is in it too
Oh yeah, Paul Rudd is in it too

I never saw The 40 Year Old Virgin in the cinema, but for months after it came out, people kept telling me that it was "actually funnier than you'd expect". Well, I didn't expect it to be very funny at all, because as we all know, most comedy films these days are about as funny as the end of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. So when I finally came to see Judd Apatow's half-praised comedy, I was expecting it to be half-decent. And it wasn't really.

I have been hearing a lot of similar things about Knocked Up though, and never one to learn from my mistakes, I was again expecting it to be half-decent when I rocked up at the cinema.

I'm pleased to say, that my naïve optimism has not gone unrewarded this time, because Knocked Up is more than half-decent. It's even verging on three-quarters-decent. The story is fairly simplistic: Seth Rogen plays a drunken, drugged out, overweight, hedonistic lout who lives with four other equally unemployable losers and spends his life partying and goofing around. Katherine Heigl, meanwhile, is an attractive, driven young professional who works for a TV station and it is when she is out celebrating a promotion one night that she meets Rogen's character.

A few beers and some body popping later and the two of them are back at her place bumping uglies. Things start to go wrong in the cold, sober light of day though, as she realises she's not interested in him and gives him the cold shoulder. But as you've probably guessed from the title, she turns out to be pregnant.

The premise of the film gives plenty of opportunity for some very funny jokes and situations. Rogen proves he can handle the lead in a comedy film without breaking a sweat and for the first half at least, this one is very funny and extremely entertaining.

However, there simply isn't enough material here to warrant a film that is more than two hours in length. Halfway through the jokes begin to run out of steam – they're still funny, but they come less frequently. It starts to feel as if it is dragging on a bit, and the transition from second to third act seems to take an age. This is also quite a low point in the film, because all the characters are miserable, and this in turn depresses the audience. This would be alright in a comedy film if it was brief, but it lasts for about forty minutes in this one, and there's not much time left at the end to recover the feel good factor.

Knocked Up is one of the funniest films you will see this year, but if it were shorter it would be scoring much more highly in my book. Nevertheless, it is definitely worth seeing if you fancy a good laugh.

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Length: 129 minutes
Certificate: 15
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Release Date: 24th August 2007

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