Yeah, I know. I'm late to the game — everyone one calling themselves a critic has seen and reported on Knocked Up already. Each and everyone one of them has seemingly given it rave reviews too. They also all gave shiny, glowing reviews to Hostel: Part II and we all know how wrong they got that one . . . don't we? Therefore, I felt it was my obligation to tell you, even if it is belated, whether these people are actually telling the truth or just buying into the brouhaha.
And here it is. Knocked Up isn't nearly as funny as all these folks are telling you. That by no means is saying that it isn't a funny movie, it's saying it should have been 100-times funnier. "But how can this be," you ask, "isn't this written and directed by Judd Apatow, the guy who brought us the classic The 40 Year-Old Virgin?" It most certainly is. He has undoubtedly come up with another concept that for all intents and purposes can be funny as fuck.
It’s a story about how two people on completely separate courses in life intersect with each other and ultimately try and meld those paths together. Ben Stone (Seth Rogen) is a perpetual loser (putting it mildly) without a goddamn thing going for him. Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) is a hot, up-and-coming Hollywood reporter for the E! Television network. Their paths cross at a local dance club when Alison and her sister Debbie (Leslie Mann) and Ben and his four uninspired friends (Jason Segel, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, and Martin Starr) run into each other. Add two parts alcohol, one part atmosphere, and Ben becomes the lucky recipient of a good ‘ole banging. Strip away the luck when, eight weeks later, Alison calls to say she is pregnant. The “hilarity” ensues as these two incompatible people try and form a relationship.