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Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd
Universal Home Video
||Even though the
kids in the movie were cute, that doesn't mean you should
let yours watch. Get them in bed first.
||It's great for the
dudes and dudettes.
||It's about getting
knocked up, and they show why, although Katherine isn't
||No real chasing
||From start to
||Although I loved
the entire film, I loved the scenes with Jill (Kristen Wiig)
and the second time at the nightclub.
||Way too many to
Cool Things About the DVD
||It's got some
subtitle things. Go ahead. Learn.
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||If you don't have
a widescreen TV yet, you'd better get one soon.
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||Not really for
this DVD, but go ahead and upgrade if you don't have
surround sound yet.
edition really turns things up a notch with extras, most of
them very funny so go ahead and spend some quality time with
One of my favoritist films so far during 2007 is "Knocked
Up," and when it was finally announced it was going to be
released on DVD I just hoped that the movie folks already
had a DVD release in mind when they were filming the movie
so it might mean a DVD with a ton of extras. I ended
picking up the Extended and Unrated 2-Disc Collector's
Edition, and I will say the movie folks made me happy.
A Movie/DVD Review
First the movie…
Sometimes there are comedies that are rated "R" where the
teens have to sneak into the theater because it is really
content for them, yet still funny for us adults, and the
"R"-ness of the film is really what makes the film funny.
Then there are comedies that are rated "R", but thankfully,
these movies are really meant for us adults, with adult
storylines, leaving the underage teen punks with really no
desire to see the film, and the "R"-ness of the film is
really what makes it funny. Judd Apatow did a brilliant job
of this adult aspect of films when he brought us
Year Old Virgin," and he does just as well by bringing us
The story for "Knocked Up" is pretty much summed up by
the trailer: Hot chick sleeps with chubby, slacker dude in a
supposed one-night stand. Hot chick gets pregnant. Slacker
dude and hot chick spend time together to see if they might
actually have feelings for each other while hot chick goes
through with the pregnancy. In the meantime we have
back-stories of hot chick's sister and brother-in-law in a
whacked out marriage, and slacker dude's friends (along with
slacker dude) working to develop a web site (too bad for
them Mr. Skin thought of it first), but most of the time
they just smoke pot.
In this case the hot chick is Alison (Katherine Heigl)
and the slacker dude is Ben (Seth Rogan). They feel some
chemistry between them, and would probably have an easier
time of making their relationship work if Alison's sister,
Debbie (Leslie Mann), wasn't such a controlling bitch of a
wife – hence the whacked out marriage and "can't take it
anymore" brother-in-law Pete (Paul Rudd). She does her best
at convincing Alison that Ben is a loser, but Ben isn't a
loser, well, other than the getting stoned all of the time
and being down to his last hundred bucks, because he loves
Alison and just maybe needs a reason to get his life
straight, and if he needs to find it in some mushrooms and
Cirque du Soleil, well, so be it.
This is not a sequel to "The 40 Year Old Virgin," and
even though the comedy styling's are very similar between
"…Virgin" and "Knocked Up," the "Virgin" film deals with
just getting there for the first time, while "Knocked Up"
takes the jokes into the territory of the pregnancy aspect,
and already having kids aspect, of relationships. But the
good thing about "Knocked Up" is you don't have to be
married nor have kids to get the jokes, you only have to
have some friends who are married or have friends who have
kids to be ready to laugh your ass off. I must make one
warning, though, if you are single and have never witnessed
the blessed event of childbirth, hopefully one scene won't
ruin your desire to have sex again.
If you are an adult who is easily offended by bad
language, some sex, and drug use, you probably won't like
"Knocked Up" because of the, well, bad language, sex, and
drug use (and you're probably also opposed to premarital sex
so chalk another thing up to your not liking the film). But
if you can appreciate the "R"-ness that was present in "The
40 Year Old Virgin," I will highly recommend you see
"Knocked Up." There is a slow spot or two, but nothing that
really ruins the film. For me it's 4 ˝ stars out of 5.
And, oh yea, as someone who still watches "Saturday Night
Live" (and I don't know why), "Knocked Up" also brings us
Kristin Wiig as Jill. She is an assistant to Alison's boss
at E! and made me see the brilliance of one of her SNL
characters, maybe because it is in perfect small doses,
rather than the 5 minute bit that just drags on and on
during SNL. Oh hell, Katherine Heigl in slinky clothes, some
blatant nudity, Jill, and hope for all of us chubby slacker
dudes, let's just go ahead and give "Knocked Up" 5 out of 5
Now some quick words about the DVD stuff…
Buying or renting the basic DVD gives you some fun stuff,
like the basic gag reel, audio commentary, and deleted stuff, but the Collector's
Edition gives you tons more, and as it sometimes
happens with extras, some of them are just okay, but for the
extended Dr. Kuni it is worth it alone. The piece showing
the other actors being "auditioned" for the role of Ben was
at times very funny, and who wouldn't want to know the
difficulties involved in filming a stripper scene.
That's it for this one! I'm The Dude on the Right!!