Sunday, July 08, 2007

Knocked Up (2007)

****
USA

There is a pink elephant at the centre of this frathouse-friendly contemporary screwball of sorts: why is the intelligent, radiant Katherine Heigl prepared to potentially sacrifice a blossoming career and a bright future for an unwanted child with bonghead Seth Rogen? Writer-director Judd Apatow dodges the issue with some awkwardness, but otherwise he doesn't strike a false note both in terms of nutty sex comedy and in terms of grounding the picture in the realm of palatable human relationships. The actors - from the deceptively clever leads right down to the incidental, perfectly pitched cameos - are roundly excellent, and the dialogue is tight, natural and frequently very very funny.

wr/dir: Judd Apatow
cast: Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Jason Segel, Martin Starr, Allan Tudyk, Kristen Wiig, Harold Ramis

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