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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Knocked Out by Knocked Up

posted by on July 11 at 11:03 AM


I know I’m arriving late to this party, but last night I finally saw Knocked Up and loveloveloved it. I’m tempted to say I went into it as a Judd Apatow fan, except that my love for his work is primarily restricted to the sublime Freaks & Geeks. I don’t care much for what I’ve seen of Undeclared, and I actively resented The 40-Year-Old Virgin, which was so loose and light and gassy it hardly made a dent on my consciousness.

But from the very beginning—with ODB warbling, “I like it raw!” over the credits and the guys’ pothead Olympics—Knocked Up was a total delight. The lady who played Katharine Heigl’s sister? Amazing. The lady who played the E! executive? Ditto. The whole thing was packed with more messy and hilarious life than any comedy I’ve seen in years, and if you haven’t seen it yet, go go go.

Added heatwave bonus: Tonight Knocked Up continues its run at the Big Picture, home to booze, air-conditioning, and a movie that will warm your heart with F-words.

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Posted by Mr. Poe | July 11, 2007 11:02 AM

i totally agree with you!! probably one of the funniest movie i've seen in a LONG time!!

Posted by Scottie | July 11, 2007 11:03 AM

Agreed, but I think you should give 40 Year Old Virgin another try; I loved that one as well.

I am so psyched for Superbad!

Posted by Levislade | July 11, 2007 11:18 AM

Did anyone else feel like it was breeder propaganda?

Posted by GW2 | July 11, 2007 11:21 AM

"i'm sweatin' like james gandolfini over here."
funniest line.
it's also playing at the valley drive in theater over in auburn. make sure to bring your flask and a car full of friends.

Posted by brad | July 11, 2007 11:21 AM

@4 - I totally see where you're coming from, but I choose to think it's just a funny, smart movie that happens to be about breeding. I mean, just because you're hip and funny doesn't mean you have to be always anti-everything all the time, does it? Apatow has proven over his career to be hip and funny and surprisingly wholesome and traditional when all is said and done, but I don't see anything sinister behind it. If anything, it's kind of refreshing.

And really, do breeders need propaganda? They're pretty much the huge, unquestioned majority of our population. I got friends squirtin' out babies left and right without the help or prodding of popular culture.

Posted by Levislade | July 11, 2007 11:29 AM

-- Great flick, loved every hilarious and sometimes disgusting moment!

Posted by Aaro)))n Edge | July 11, 2007 11:31 AM

Fucking loved it. I was laughing out loud almost the entire length of the movie. The E! executive NAILED the awkward comedy that I just can't get enough of. A comedic masterpiece.

Posted by Carollani | July 11, 2007 11:36 AM

My husband and I got in a pseudo-fight over this movie… He hated it, and I thought it was hilarious (a great movie for what it was intended to be, but, certainly not going on my best movies of all time list or anything).

It wasn’t so much a fight as it was 30 minutes of him railing against non-contextual humor, and me calling him an elitist snob. The only thing we agreed on was that the Dirty Man Competition was the funniest part of the movie.

Posted by Julie | July 11, 2007 11:36 AM

Oh, and here are a couple great Knocked Up -related videos:
Michael Cera (in Seth Rogan's role) faux-fighting with Judd Apatow:

An outtake abortion debate:

Oh, and if you're a fan of non-contextual humor, there's a new Web show with Michael Cera that I recently discovered at www dot clarkandmichael dot com (new episode posted today! Yay!)

Posted by Levislade | July 11, 2007 11:45 AM

It would have been a lot better if there was a disclaimer at the beginning: "This movie uses pregnancy and coerced marriage as thin plot devices to make fart/sex/bong jokes. If you get drunk and knocked up by some asshole in real life, get an abortion or let a nice lesbian/gay couple adopt your baby."

Posted by jamier | July 11, 2007 11:51 AM

I really had an issue with the lack of discussion about abortion in the film--the idea that abortion is so verboten in Hollywood that it can't even be mentioned as an option is so crypto-fundamentalist that it kind of haunted me through the whole film, and deflated it for me.

Posted by Mike Daisey | July 11, 2007 12:05 PM

Carollani: Agreed. I couldn't stop laughing for the majority of the movie, and the E! woman was indeed the apotheosis of Office-y squirm humor.

Insider-baseball fact: If Stranger staffers Eli Sanders and Brad Steinbacher had a chubby baby, it would look exactly like Seth Rogen.

P.S. I googled murder.

Posted by David Schmader | July 11, 2007 12:06 PM

@13: I'm sorry, did this movie erroneously convince you that accidental pregnancy would be a madcap adventure?

Posted by Ben | July 11, 2007 12:13 PM

I had so much fun during this movie, I didn't want it to end. I wanted it to go on for hours and hours more. The only movie I've laughed out loud more during at a theater was Borat.

@13 You googled murder?

Posted by Callie | July 11, 2007 12:14 PM

Sorry, that's @11. Counting is hard.

Posted by Ben | July 11, 2007 12:15 PM

Mike (hi!), I get your point, but the few mentions they did have of "shmushmorshun" were sharp. (Allison's mother urging her to abort, and citing the example of a family friend's success on that path. "Now she has a real baby!" Ow.)

Also, I have so many pro-choice female friends who've told me conclusively they'd be unwilling to abort even the most accidental pregnancy, the lack of abortion discussion between the Knocked Up couple looked somewhat life-like.

Still, there's no denying that one good, explicit discussion of abortion between the two leads would've been a great and smart addition...

Posted by David Schmader | July 11, 2007 12:16 PM

Callie @ 15: It's a quote from the eldest daughter/niece.

Posted by David Schmader | July 11, 2007 12:19 PM


I and everyone who went with me is swearing off ever having kids after seeing this movie.

It's fucking hilarious though. Easily the funniest movie I've seen all year.

Posted by Aexia | July 11, 2007 12:21 PM

Oh yeah- and that E! executive lady is Kristin Wiig from the current SNL cast. Clearly I'm the only loser that still watches that show...

Posted by Callie | July 11, 2007 12:22 PM

@18 I cannot believe I forgot about that.

Posted by Callie | July 11, 2007 12:27 PM

I walked out of "40 year Virgin". I'd rather put a gun to my head than try to find the humor in that..

Posted by dd | July 11, 2007 12:31 PM

Fun fact: Katherine Heigl's sister in the movie was played by Judd Apatow's wife (Leslie Mann?). She was also the crazy, french toast loving girl in 40 Year Old Virgin and the teacher who was the object of Bill's affections in Freaks and Geeks.

The two daughters in the movie are really her kids with Judd Apatow, too.

Posted by KJ | July 11, 2007 12:39 PM

Liked 40-Year-Old-Virgin (except the title). It was more like an SNL episode with strung-together skits than a movie, but I really enjoyed it. I thought Steve Carrell's boss (of Best in Show fame) was hilarious.

Posted by hee | July 11, 2007 12:40 PM

somebody give some love to Paul Rudd,he was hilarious in almost every scene & has stolen many a movie in my opinion.

Posted by robotbutler | July 11, 2007 1:06 PM

somebody give some love to Paul Rudd,he was hilarious in almost every scene & has stolen many a movie in my opinion.

Posted by robotbutler | July 11, 2007 1:06 PM

somebody give some love to Paul Rudd,he was hilarious in almost every scene & has stolen many a movie in my opinion.

Posted by robotbutler | July 11, 2007 1:06 PM

Why can't people just accept when something is funny and leave it at that? It's entertainment, not the 2nd coming of Dr. Ruth. Why do people have to be hatin' on everything?

Posted by gameboy | July 11, 2007 1:09 PM

i'm either a complete moron or unhealthily obsessed w/ Paul Rudd. probably both

Posted by robotbutler | July 11, 2007 1:12 PM

@ 24 Yes! Jane Lynch dominates everything she is in. Including my face.

Posted by Paulus | July 11, 2007 2:15 PM

"I will haunt your dreams"

Posted by Jane Lynch | July 11, 2007 3:47 PM

Well, it just goes to show you that a film that premieres at SIFF can't be all wrong.

Now if I had just asked the young woman I met at that SIFF party for her number ... sigh.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 11, 2007 6:21 PM

I don't even like babies and I loved this movie. I think because I have such a huge crush on Seth Rogen.

Posted by Jordyn | July 11, 2007 11:18 PM

@33: Agreed! Seth Rogan is hot. Even more so when he's being cantankerous (as in Undeclared).

Posted by E. | July 12, 2007 12:16 AM

@33: Agreed! Seth Rogan is hot. Even more so when he's being cantankerous (as in Undeclared).

Posted by E. | July 12, 2007 12:17 AM

This movie was awsome, I couldn't get enough of it. I was just wondering if anyone knew the names of some of the porn movies used to emphasize their production of their website. If anyone knows the names, please let me know! Thanks.

Posted by Fox | July 20, 2007 11:20 AM

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