DIRECTOR: Judd Apatow
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May Contain Spoilers!
Will we be adding this to our collection? MAYBE
This was Judd Apatow’s second feature film, following the success of The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005), two-years earlier. Apatow’s producing and writing career was well established but up until 2005, “Joe Public” didn’t really know who he was and now, we can’t seen to get away from him or his influence, though ironically, his latest film, This Is 40 (2013) is only his FOURTH movie. Knocked Up, which This Is 40 is a “Sort of sequel” to, follows two stars of the day, Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl, whom after a night of sex, become unwitting parents.
They are obviously surrounded by funny and zany friends and family, a staple of the Apatow formula, who try to help and hinder in equal measure and Rogen, who is a witless bum, tries to stand by this woman who he knows nothing about. She is also trying to deal with actually having the baby, whilst juggling a career and the hapless Rogen into the bargain.
The formula which Apatow had established with The 40 Year-Old Virgin continues here as it does throughout all of his features, which is to deceive the audience into thinking that we are watching a comedy when We are actually becoming embroiled in a comedy drama. The characters are real, or maybe hyper-real, though still weird enough for us to detach ourselves from their actions, but we recognise almost everything about them at the same time.
We understand the journey which Rogen and Heigl take into parenthood and we both enjoy and rue their experiences. The are supported well by the ensemble and overall this might not be the funniest film ever made but it’s gently enjoyable whilst offering a brand of comedy more than a little blue in hue. Like Apatow or not, he offers a modern comedy style for modern times.