I recently watched Knocked Up, starring most of the funny actors from Superbad and from the 40 Year Old Virgin. Given the amount of laughter produced from the other two movies, as well as the raving reviews from some friends, I was expecting to laugh my ass off.
This is not a comedy. Don’t get me wrong. It has its funny moments, but they’re all surrounded by what should be called a documentary on accidental pregnancy. It’s a heavy plot, flecked with light-hearted moments. This doesn’t make it a bad movie, though. I enjoyed it. It just wasn’t what the hype had toted it as. It sort of reminded me of the movie About Schmidt, which was also previewed as a comedy and turned out to be a fairly depressing story about growing old alone and grumpy.
Anyways, back to the point, Knocked Up was a good movie. The story was believable, the acting was honest, if a bit over the top to get the humor factor raised, and Katherine Heigl is just someone I want to wrap up and smooch on for hours and hours. I think it’s the way her nose crinkles up when she laughs or smiles…
One thing about watching this movie that I totally didn’t expect is that it made me want to have a kid. I mean, I knew I wanted a kid (or two), but watching this movie just sort of kicked in a paternal/guardianship sort of emotion that makes me feel all manly. This emotional reaction, however, is probably just a personal thing. Your mileage may vary.
I recommend this movie, with the caveat that you go in expecting a serious story with a comedic cast, and I give four out of five stars.