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Flim New York: Knocked Up

Posted by Andrew Unterberger on June 26, 2007

“It’s a girl. Buy some pink shit.”

Yeah, so this movie happened, and I saw it. Generally speaking, I couldn’t have been less surprised with my reaction to it–it was exactly as good as I expected it to be, which is to say, it was consistently enjoyable, made me laugh out loud a couple times, and should have been at least 20 minutes shorter (has there ever been a romantic comedy that needed to be over two hours long? Save some for the DVD, guys). This is one of those times that pretty much everyone was right–the people who said it was one of the freshest and most original comedies in years, the people who said it was going to be huge and going to make a star out of Seth Rogan, even the people who said it was overrated (‘coz it was, a little bit–inevitable). So while I don’t have much new stuff to say about it, I thought a couple points were sort of worth making:

  1. I found it sort of fascinating how totally apolitical this movie is. And I don’t just mean in terms of the subject matter, but in terms of what this movie says about its target audience–which is absolutely nothing, because the target audience of Knocked Up is everyone. Going to this movie says absolutely nothing about yourself–it implies not gender, party affiliation, sexuality, social standing, religion, favorite color, not even whether you prefer the original Law & Order or SVU. It’s completely neutral, and I don’t think I know a single person (all right, I’ll be fair–not a single person under the age of 50) about whom I could say “That person would definitely not like Knocked Up“.
  2. The movie’s attempt to resurrect, however briefly, the legacy of Haircut 100’s “Love Plus One” does not go unappreciated. What a cool, totally inexplicable, semi-lost classic.
  3. Katherine Heigl’s solid, if not particularly remarkable or committed, performance in the movie sort of makes me curious about what her return to the cast of Grey’s Anatomy must have been like afterwards. It’s sort of like the pretty, popular girl going back to hanging out with all her jock and cheerleader friends after spending a few months hanging out at the stoners’ lunch table, no? Do you think she started making fart jokes and and instigating water balloon fights once she got back, eliciting stern, disapproving glares from Ellen Pompeo and T.R. “That’s not funny!” Knight? Or was she too relieved to have finally gotten back to the land of attractive, adult human beings? It’ll be very interesting to see where her career goes from here.
  4. Paul Rudd = unlikeliest The Man ever. But, here we are.
  5. The scariest thing about Knocked Up was probably the Ryan Seacrest cameo, the semi-metaness of which comes dangerously close to implying that the American Idol host is aware of–and even possibly in control of–how much he sucks. Ryan Seacrest being self-aware would be sort of like Nickelback saying “Yeah, we know our new album is fucking ass, but buy it anyway ‘coz we like making money.” I just don’t know if I could handle it.
  6. This movie has two big, huge unanswered questions behind its central premise, only one of which is interesting. The boring one is the easily ignorable one–why didn’t Heigl just get an abortion, or at least explain her reasons for not getting one? Whatever, she didn’t, who cares. The really troubling one to me–how the hell do five post-grads afford a house together in LA, limitless amounts of weed and ridiculous quantities of useless juvenile paraphernalia (I want one of those ping-pong officiating chairs so fucking bad) when its clear that none of them have anything resembling steady employment? I don’t ask this because the lack of realism bothers me, but rather because I fear that this Utopian set-up will validate a generation of college students’ ridiculous fantasies about the realities of what post-grad life is like, including my own. Why get a job when you can just stay at home with your friends all day getting high, giving each other pink eye and dancing to Ol’ Dirty Bastard? Movie should be rated NC-17, at least.

2 Responses to “Flim New York: Knocked Up”

  1. Sonja said

    “not even whether you prefer the original Law & Order or SVU.”


  2. […] any website… it tells you which moments in movie the actresses take their clothes off. Pretty cool, huh? He doesn’t make any money, yet, but he’s been living off the payment from an accident […]

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