Knocked Up


Knocked Up 

So much has been written about this marginally-above-average comedy that it feels slightly slack to even make any effort proffering an opinion, paradoxically enough.

Peter Bradshaw, who usually writes like a misery having double-dropped a curmudgeon-capsule gave it a four out of five. That seems excessive, as does his praising the subtlety on display in this really quite shallow film. Despite a superficial liberal dusting of equal rights recognition, this isn’t really a subtle piece.

Andrew Collins wrote a blog here praising the film while Joe Queenan wrote this article in the Guardian, the latter of which seems to border on the hysterically PC, if you ask me.

I don’t agree with any of them, to be honest. But as I can barely be arsed and because so much has already been said, here are some bullet-pointed opinions from the back of my brain. I’ve tried to avoid spoilers.

  • This is watchable in a Look Who’s Talking, Happy Gilmore kind of a way. By that I mean, worth watching once then forgetting.
  • There are plenty of half-decent jokes. I didn’t laugh out loud but I smiled at points.
  • A barrier to enjoyment was Seth Rogan’s character – Ben Stone, a 23 year old stoner.
  • Inexplicably he’s managed to live on 12 grand (in US Dollars) for 10 years. Is it just me, or do the maths not add up there? Six grand (in English quid) lasts 10 years? Even without rent to pay and eating a lot pasta, nobody can keep a serious skunk habit alive on that.
  • He’s 23 and hasn’t had a job, ever. Yet when the trite phase of Seth’s having to face his responsibilities comes around he lands a decent-looking job and gets an amazing flat, straight away.
  • He’s a twat. Yes, he may have got the girl into bed, but he would never, never have got her. Like, really got her.
  • The stoner sequences are typically American and cheesy. Why do Americans act like such dicks when they’re caned?
  • The mushroom sequence was pretty good.
  • All the ethnic minorities, jewish folk aside, were stereotypical. Giggly oriental girl – check. Over-authoritative oriental man – check. Sex obsessed black man – check.
  • It went on for way, way too long.
  • The ‘crowning’ special effect was sanitised. I’ve seen videos of real childbirth and it’s a lot more sticky, blue, red and mushy than that looked.

Rather than stump up for a cinema ticket, I’d spend your hard-earned on some of the weed Ben’s smoking. It must be dirt cheap for him to realistically afford it.

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16 Responses to “Knocked Up”

  1. Badger Madge Says:

    I gave this a good review on my Facebook page but the more I think about it the more I think I jumped the gun a bit. Yes, the rent/food thing ddn’t add up, but hey I just let it go. I actually found Seth Rogan’s charatcer the best thing about the film. He does ‘everyman’ very well and there’s something strangely attractive about him (but you know I like my odd-looking chubby men).

    I do think it’s a much better than recent rom coms – I think it’s done well trying to get men on board the film (tricky with rom coms). And actually, I disagree with you saying he’d never get the girl. Firsty, she wans’t sure about him at all at first and it was only the baby that forced their relationship.

    Secondly, she realised that he was a Nice Guy. And no matter how curly your hair, or how chubby your man boobs, hot chicks will usually settle down with Nice Guys (but it’s just better if they’re hot Nice Guys)

  2. Badger Madge Says:

    (and rich too)

  3. Swineshead Says:

    Was he a nice guy?
    I must have missed that bit.

    He swears at (not in front of) women, is casually homophobic and jokes around with his buddies about getting laid in that boring, all-American manner. I thought he was barely tolerable.

  4. bree Says:

    haven’t seen it. haven’t really wanted to.

    superbad was ok.

    most movies are shit, really.

    aren’t they?


  5. Badger Madge Says:

    He was nice in the end. With his mates he was just doing that usual immature boy thing. (Don’t pretend you’ve never bragged about a hot chick you’ve scored with, homie). But his character did grow up a bit and still retain a sense of himself.

    I liked the way he didn’t change for her. They both just grew up and discovered what’s more important in life… Awwww…

    Mind you, I was pre menstrual when I watched it, so maybe that clouded my judgement.

  6. Swineshead Says:

    Maybe at 18, not at 23. Just didn’t ring true for me… SO BUM OFF

  7. Badger Madge Says:

    Easy! Don’t you start cunting and fecking at me. You know how I don’t like confrontation.

    Or is it that time o the month for you?

    Chocolate? Hot water bottle?

  8. Swineshead Says:

    *bleeds all over knees*

  9. piqued Says:


  10. Swineshead Says:

    Hey Piqued I don’t think you really have any right to tell people to chill out when you’re such an uptight little fucking goon goon fuckity goon goon TITTY

  11. piqued Says:


  12. Dave Medlo Says:

    Anyone else notice that she was perfectly shaved in the crowning shots…? What pregnant lady, on the verge of bursting, makes sure that she shaves her nether regions directly before she gives birth?

    Hollywood just can’t accept that some women don’t take their style tips from Playboy…

  13. Adrian Says:

    The girl in that picture looks like Amy from Hollyoaks, facial expression and all…

  14. flotsky Says:

    Of course an issue of the Saturday Guardian was sponsored by Knocked Up, so it was always likely to get a favourable review.

  15. Swineshead Says:

    It was the Friday Film and Music section wasn’t it?
    And Joe Queenan provided the counterbalance later in the week…

  16. Swineshead Says:

    And Adrian – you watch Hollyoaks?

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