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Knocked Up (Unrated & Unprotected) [Blu-ray]
(Judd Apatow, 2007)
Review by Leonard Norwitz
Theatrical: Universal Pictures
Blu-ray: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Runtime: 133 min
Size: 25 GB
Case: Standard Amaray Blu-ray case
Release date: September 30, 2008
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Video codec: AVC / MPEG4
English 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio; Spanish & French DTS 5.1
English, English SDH, Spanish & French
• Commentary by Writer/Director Judd Apatow, Executive Producer/Star Seth Rogen and Actor Bill Hader.
• Deleted, Extended & Alternate Scenes (27:xx)
• Finding Ben Stone (27:54)
• Directing the Director (7:41)
• Video Diaries (28:34)
• Louden Wainwright III (4:47 & 18:11)
• Katherine Heigl's audition (2:34)
• Topless Scenes: a Seth Rogen alternative. (3:59)
• Line-O-Rama (10:12)
• Beard-O-Rama (4:02)
• Gag Reel (11:52)
• Raw Footage: Uncut, unedited scenes (18:12)
• Stripper Confidential: Rogen & Rudd in Vegas
• more . . .
Overview of the Ultimate
Unrated Comedy Collection:
A guy is in a queue at the supermarket when he notices that the rather dishy blonde behind him has just raised her hand and smiled hello to him.
He is rather taken aback that such a looker would be waving to him, and, although familiar, he can't place where he might know her from, so he says "Sorry, do you know me?"
She replies "I may be mistaken, but I thought you might be the father of one of my children."
His mind shoots back to the one and only time he had been unfaithful.
"Christ" he says. "Are you that stripogram on my stag night that I shagged on the snooker table in front of all my mates whilst your mate whipped me with some wet celery and stuck a cucumber up my arse?"
"No" she replies, "I'm your son's English teacher."
Knocked Up, truth be told, is a movie most everyone thinks more highly of than I do, which is not to say that I didn't have a good time.
The title character, if you will, is Alison Scott, played by the luscious Katherine Heigl. Alison Lives with her thirty-something sister, married with children – the whole schemer. Alison counts herself lucky she's on the other side of the fence from all that goes with married life, especially the wrangling about who will do what with the kids. Alison works on the crew side of the E! cable network and one day gets the promotion of her career – a chance to do interviews on the other side of the camera. To celebrate, she and sister, Debbie (Leslie Mann), go out clubbing. Leslie leaves early to take care of family matters but Alison sticks around to get properly shitfaced, waking up the next day next to schlub of the year, Ben Stone.
Ben (Seth Rogen) is really the central character in this little melodrama about how the unexpected derails one's life plan. In Ben's case, he doesn't really have a plan, so the insult to his integrity is felt even stronger when he is told by Alison a few weeks later
that she is pregnant.
To Apatow's credit, he does encourage his characters to weigh the options. Even more to his credit, he recognizes that Alison would begin to have inexplicable feelings for a man she wouldn't have looked at twice (make that three times, since she did look at him twice before she got drunk) if sober. Heigl is very good indeed in these moments of confusion. Rogen merely needs to be astonished and defensive. But as the story moves along, both Ben and Alison – but especially Ben – begin to take the situation more seriously than either could have anticipated.
There are two major side stories that lend Knocked Up substance – both of them at once comic and difficult: the first is that Ben is not alone in his den of schlubiocitude. He has friends, business associates, all stoners, all imagining that they are developing a website that will catalogue the nude scenes of actresses. I say "imagining" because it takes forever to make very little progress only to find out that just a website already exists. The gang operates on Ben and Alison something like the Montagues and Capulets, except that they don't really care about the outcome one way or the other. These guys represent a way of non-life that is utterly incompatible with fatherhood – at least in terms that Alison could appreciate.
The other plotline involves Debbie and husband Pete (Paul Rudd). It’s never occurred to these two (like so many before them) to actually have a conversation about their needs and wishes apart from their marriage, which invariably leads to secret lives, internally and externally, which would be comical if it weren't so destructive.
Sounds good to me, so why such a low score? Part of the reason is that Apatow wants it all: the low comedy and the sensitive melodrama. That's not impossible (one example: this weekend's Korean TV drama, My Lovely Sam-Soon), but here the resolves are both mechanical and pat. The scene where Ben orders Debbie out of the delivery room, without the high sign from Alison, really lost it for me.
And while I found the idea that "if Rogen, why not me" to be appealing when considered Heigl as a lovemate, I still found Heigl's character to be used as a pawn for Ben to grow up, whereas Alison just went with the flow. Nope. This is his fantasy, not hers.
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