Friday, June 8, 2007

Knocked Up

I don’t know if ‘Knocked Up’ is intended to be autobiographical, but writer / director Judd Apatow looks a lot like the film’s hero Ben Stone (Seth Rogen). Both are geeky, unattractive schlubs who look like they haven’t bought a new T-shirt since high school.

And yet, somehow they both end up with a gorgeous blond.

Such pairings rarely happen in the fantasy world of movie romance, where even the ugly ducklings turn out to be beautiful swans once they put on some make-up and a dress. In real life, we all know these people. We know the married mom who still wants to go clubbing, and the husband who sneaks out to hang with his buddies, and the roommate who will do anything on a bet.

That’s what makes ‘Knocked Up’ so refreshing. It’s populated by real people with real flaws who are shocked and unprepared to find themselves loved in spite of everything.

It’s also one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a very long time. Four and a half stars.

(Oddly enough, Murray disagrees.)

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