The big laugh

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Film -

KNOCKED UP Don’t be de­terred by the crude ti­tle. Writer-di­rec­tor Judd Apa­tow’s sec­ond fea­ture film (af­ter The 40 Year Old Vir­gin) is one of the most en­ter­tain­ing come­dies in years.

A re­fresh­ing spin on the genre sta­ple whereby op­po­sites at­tract, it throws to­gether a newly-ap­pointed E! chan­nel pre­sen­ter (Kather­ine Heigl, from Grey’s Anatomy, in a star-mak­ing per­for­mance) and a slacker slob (the un­ex­pect­edly en­dear­ing Seth Ro­gen), work­ing with his house­mates on a web­site guide to movie nude scenes.

When she be­comes preg­nant af­ter a drunken en­counter with him, the con­se­quences are witty, risqué and sur­pris­ingly touch­ing.

It is un­usu­ally long (132 min­utes) for a com­edy, but the pac­ing never slack­ens. With Les­lie Mann, Paul Rudd and sev­eral amus­ing cameo ap­pear­ances.

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