Sunday, August 05, 2007

Knocked Up

All my life, I've been pretty monogamous. Sure, I've had a handful of romantic relationships, but the shortest serious relationship I ever had lasted a couple of years. I'm a long-term sorta guy, I suppose. I never even had a one night stand.

Unlike Ben Stone, who had himself a doozy.

It's not that I'm against a wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am sorta evening. In fact, during some parts of my youth I envied friends who had the sort of luck which permitted that sort of thing to occur. Even if given the chance, though, I would have walked away from a one night stand. I was too scared of the consequences, too fearful of the life-changing possibilities.

Unlike Ben Stone, whose doozy caused his life to be flipped on it's ear.

Knocked Up, which tells the story of the pot-smoking, unemployed uber-slacker forced to grow up, is equal parts raunch and sweetness. And that's mainly due to Seth Rogen, who plays Stone.

The movie is well written, paced perfectly with subtle and not so subtle jokes and is well acted. It's a true breakout role for Rogen, who seems to have that Will Ferrell charm and wit. While watching the movie, I'd sometimes realize that, even though I wasn't laughing out loud, I still had a "ain't that cute" sorta smile on my face while watching this guy.

It's a testament to this guy's ability to make us like him, even while we are laughing at him. Rogen's got a huge future, if he picks the parts right.


Jelly-Filled said...

I loved this movie. Seth Rogen is awesome. I liked him in the TV show Freaks and Geeks, too.

(It's always cool when you write about one of the few movies I HAVE ACTUALLY SEEN!)

The Film Geek said...

Hiya Jelly-Filled: You know, I never saw Freaks and Geeks, but people seem to love that show. I might have to check it out on DVD.

Suzy said...

Great review, geeky. I've been wanting to see this for a while now.

NYCindividual said...

I never saw this movie. I was not sure if I would like it. It seemed reather similar in humor to movies like Anchorman and Talledega Nights, which I believe are stupid, vulgar, and wrong. I don't like any movie with a sex scene in it, really, because I believe sex out of marriage is wrong. I am curious, though, how KNocked up ends. Do they get married? Does he learn to take responsibilty for his actions? DOes he learn from his mistakes?

The Film Geek said...

Hiya NYCIndividual, thanks for stopping by. I took a quick look at your sites. I was really impressed.

You are right that Knocked Up is probably a movie you would not enjoy. To answer your question: yes, the lead character does indeed evolve in a positive manner to accept his responsibility. He doesn't marry the mother, but the film leads you to expect that they do eventually marry.

Hope you stop by again.

Elvis Drinkmo said...

I'll definitely check this movie out based on your recommendation, Film Geek.

(This is probably one for the WV Bloggers site- but have you seen the Simpsons movie, yet?)

The Film Geek said...

Let me know what you think, Elvis. And I'll be seeing Homer and Bart on Friday.

Jackie Lantern said...

Jelly-Filled is right on. I too have loved this guy since "Freaks and Geeks". He also has a pivotal performance in "Donnie Darko" if anybody cares.

You mynogamous? That'a real shocker :D

The Film Geek said...

Yeah...I'm sorta a loser in the game of lust.

It's the geek in me.

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