Sunday, the sun was shining, the temps were warm and people walked the streets as if it was a holiday. Instead of enjoying the weather, I instead retreated to a movie theater so I could get Knocked Up.
Knocked, if you haven’t been paying attention to non-blockbusters, is writer/director Judd Apatow’s follow-up to The 40-Year-Old Virgin, which along with Wedding Crashers, resurrected the R-rated comedy as a box-office force. The film stars Katherine Heigl from Grey’s Anatomy as an up-and-coming entertainment journalist whose life changes abruptly after a one night stand with a slacker-stoner (Seth Rogen) ends with her pregnant.
The film was everything I wanted it to be and more. It ingeniously works as a reverse romantic comedy, with many insights to parenthood and hilarious pop culture references sprinkled throughout.
There’s no doubt that since this is Virgin’s follow-up, it will be compared endlessly to it. While I thought Virgin had more ridiculous laugh out loud moments, Knocked wins as the better overall movie. It’s hard to believe Apatow (Freeks and Geeks, Undeclared) hasn’t failed yet, but every movie or show he’s dipped his directorial hand in has turned into commentary about culture and the latest generation’s struggle to find itself.
While my theater on Sunday was only half-full (thanks to the weather), enough showed up Friday through Sunday throughout the country to make the film a hit. The movie banked $30 million (its entire budget) in one weekend, making a far more impressive showing than the third Pirates film’s second week. Thank you Judd.