There’s nothing worse than sitting in a theater watching a Romantic Comedy where the comedy is terrible and there’s absolutely no chemistry between anyone in the film. My happy feet really wanted to get the heck out of there. This overlong 2 hr and ten minute movie felt like it would never end.
Knocked Up is Judd Apatow’s wet dream fantasy about an unlikeable 23 year old slacker, Ben Stone (Seth Rogen), who has a one night stand with the beautiful Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) who is out celebrating her promotion at her job as an E! Entertainment Network Correspondent. Of course this relationship is believable. I mean who wouldn’t want to have a one night stand with a drunken, fat, dirty looking slob? I mean the beer goggles were definitely working overtime that night.
When she sobers up the next morning she realizes her mistake. Unfortunately, all it takes is one time. Eight weeks later she finds out she’s pregnant and has to tell the father. At first Ben doesn’t want to be involved and she doesn’t want to a romantic relationship with him. But they decide to try and work it out anyway. Along for the 9 month ride are Alison’s sister, Debbie (Leslie Mann) and her husband Pete (Paul Rudd) and Ben’s no-name slacker friends.
Everything about this film smacks of people trying hard to be funny or "hip." Like when Ben and his friends are at a bar and they riff on how great the movie Munich is, or when they mention going to see Spiderman 3. Apatow who did the cult TV hit, Freaks and Geeks, which I loved, (of course got canceled right away) and The 40-Year Old Virgin (another film, I hated) goes over similar territory here. The writing doesn’t feel real or natural. It’s just a bunch of guys sitting around the table being lewd, vulgar and riffing on each other.
I love Katherine Heigl, but every time I look at her I can’t help but be bitter at how one of my favorite television shows, Roswell, turned out. Of course it’s not her fault, but the dream is dead, the dream is dead. Anyway, I digress, Heigl does a fine job here, but I don’t think she has what it takes to really carry a film, the character she’s playing here is the same one she played in Roswell, or even on Grey’s Anatomy. She doesn’t stretch at all here and it feels like a one note performance. She’s likable enough, but stretched out to a full 2 hr film. It doesn’t work.
While Heigl is watchable, Rogen’s Stone is just all around unlikable. Yes, at times he can be the cute, funny friend. But he just comes across as being vapid and selfish. I know that’s the point of the character, but I wouldn’t want to spend five minutes with a guy like this, that alone an entire two hours.
I didn’t have any expectations walking into this film, so it didn’t have a bar that it needed to reach to meet them. And even at that, it failed.
Final Grade D
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Originally Posted 06/01/07