Everyone loves “Knocked Up”, and I’m glad. I’m always happy when comedies do well. I went and saw it yesterday: it was funny and well acted, there was just one thing wrong with it:
IT WAS COMPLETELY IMPLAUSIBLE IN EVERY
Let me ask you something: why does she like him? Why? Does he do one thing that’s likeable ? Would any girl go out with this guy, especially any girl like her? Of course not. She’s hot, she has a successful career, she’s hot. He’s not good looking, he doesn’t have a job, he gets high all the time, he’s fat, he has no prospects, he has loser friends…oh, but he’s funny. It’s the ultimate nerd fantasy. Women like guys with a sense of humor! Bullshit. Believe it or not, there are guys with a sense of humor…who also have jobs.
As the movie went on, I was less and less amused by the jokes. They were good jokes, but the story was based around such crap that I had no investment in it. Plus, the fact that there was virtually no story, just random “funny” scenes.
These two people are supposed to fall in love, right? And yet we never see that. He never wins her over in anyway, all he does is smoke weed, watch porn, and act like a dick. Where are the “falling in love” scenes?
She finds out that he doesn’t have a job, but he’s trying to start a website that tells people what films they can see naked celebrities in. He hasn’t worked his entire life. He smokes weed everyday. He lives in a house with a bunch of stoners. And did I mention he looks exactly like Seth Rogen? It doesn’t matter because suddenly, they’re holding hands and about to have sex. Later, she tells him she loves him. Why?
I think the low point for me was when Katherine Heigl was telling Seth Rogen that she didn’t want to be like her sister and her brother in law, who weren’t meant for each other and were “just forcing it”. Uh, isn’t that exactly what Heigl was doing with Rogen?! It’s the exact same thing. These two weren’t meant for each other, they were only together because she got pregnant. We saw no moments between these two where they made sense as a couple. It was a romantic comedy with no romance, where the couple “in love” had nothing to offer each other.
This girl would have good looking, successful men hitting on her every single day. We did not see one of those guys. She worked at E!, I used to work at E! I know about a million girls like her, and not one of them would do any of the things that she did.
And I would never criticize a movie just to be the contrarian. The fact is I just didn’t really enjoy the movie. Most people probably will, but it happened to hit on a real sore spot for me.
But, with that being said, it’s fairly entertaining and funny. And the critics are going overboard with their praise. However, I found one critic, one, who agreed with me, and I think she put it best:
"'Knocked Up" is so enamored of Ben and his insouciant charm that it fails to wonder what it must feel like for the girl. It's one thing to go with the idea that Ben and Alison dwell in different leagues, which after all is the point of the movie. It's another thing altogether for the heroine, who in true girl-on-pedestal form is beautiful, smart, successful, nice and pretty much cool with everything, never to get even the tiniest chance to wonder if maybe she might have done a little better."