The big laugh
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.