Knocked Up/The 40 Year-Old Virgin [DVD]Knocked Up
In a year that otherwise struggled to deliver where comedies were concerned, Knocked Up proved to be a very welcome treasure trove of laughs. It’s from Judd Apatow, the man behind The 40 Year Old Virgin and the excellent TV show Freaks and Geeks, and sits easily as an equal to both. It’s also a long-awaited showcase for the talents of Seth Rogen, who proves with some conviction that he can headline a movie.
The premise of Knocked Up is simple. Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl share, for differing reasons, a one-night stand, and several weeks later, the latter discovers she’s pregnant. Given that Rogen’s character has been jobless for years, and that Heigl is trying to build a TV career, the two don’t prove to be a logical match, yet as the pregnancy progresses, they try valiantly to get to know one another.
The narrative itself is quite straightforward, but it’s the execution and characters that lift it significantly. Apatow knows how to direct comedy, and with a script peppered with plenty of guffaw-out-loud moments and situations, he wrings very hearty laughs from the material. Plus, while its Rogen and Heigl who power the film, the supporting cast is simply superb, particularly the collection of people that Rogen’s character surrounds himself with. It’s perhaps guilty of running ten minutes too long, and there’s little to surprise in the story itself, yet Knocked Up is nonetheless a terrific, earthy and grounded comedy, with so much to enjoy. It’s hard to single out individual moments, and instead it simply seems more appropriate to declare Knocked Up as one of the best, and most rewatchable, comedies of the last few years. Don’t miss it.--Simon Brew
The 40 Year Old Virgin
Cult comic actor Steve Carell--long adored for his supporting work on The Daily Show and in movies like Bruce Almighty and Anchorman--leaps into leading man status with The 40 Year-Old Virgin. There's no point describing the plot; it's about how a 40 year-old virgin named Andy (Carell) finally finds true love and gets laid. Along the way, there are very funny scenes involving being coached by his friends, speed dating, being propositioned by his female manager, and getting his chest waxed. Carell finds both humour and humanity in Andy, and the supporting cast includes some standout comic work from Paul Rudd (Clueless, The Shape of Things) and Jane Lynch (Best in Show, A Mighty Wind), as well as an unusually straight performance from Catherine Keener (Lovely & Amazing, Being John Malkovich). And yet... something about the movie misses the mark. It skirts around the topic of male sexual anxiety, mining it for easy jokes, but never really digs into anything that would make the men in the audience actually squirm--and it's a lot less funny as a result. Nonetheless, there are many great bits, and Carell deserves the chance to shine. --Bret Fetzer Knocked Up/The 40 Year-Old Virgin [DVD] UK very nice to be Watch and collected, can be downloaded at our resources, the availability are different at each UK download area, register for free and check availability in your area, Watch Now Full Movies with your 30 days free trial, Enjoy this Movie.DownloadWatch Now