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May 31, 2007

Knocked Up

I haven't been this excited about a movie for a long time...

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jason bateman has always been a favorite of mine. arrested development, its your move. a truly underrated comic actor.

Posted by: ken | May 31, 2007 3:36:42 PM

If you're serious about this, and I sense that you are, I suggest (with great, great enthusiasm) that you go to Are You Superbad. That's the homepage of yet another Judd Apatow movie, but one that looks even funnier and (for those of us who are snobs) far closer to the realm of Freaks and Geeks that he once inhabited. (And, yes, it also has Seth Rogen in it, so no worries there.)

Posted by: jhupp | May 31, 2007 3:37:52 PM

whoops. he's in "the ex". i have no idea what knocked up is.

Posted by: ken | May 31, 2007 3:38:27 PM

Count me as also stoked.

Posted by: Sara | May 31, 2007 3:49:55 PM

Please tell me you're being ironic.

Posted by: Nicholas Beaudrot | May 31, 2007 4:01:45 PM

Like rain on your wedding day?

Posted by: Sam L. | May 31, 2007 4:23:37 PM

It's good. I saw it last Saturday at SIFF

Posted by: david | May 31, 2007 4:37:03 PM

I can't WAIT. For the interested, take a look at this deleted scene from the movie. (Sound required. Not work safe.)

Oh, Judd. You had me at "hello".

Nate W.

Posted by: Nate W. | May 31, 2007 4:56:20 PM

What's next, an ode to "Friends"?

Posted by: ostap | May 31, 2007 5:13:27 PM

You know, I wasn't excited until I read the Apatow feature in last Sunday's New York Times Magazine (thanks previous tenant!), but now I'd say that it sounds even better than Transformers.

Posted by: dr | May 31, 2007 5:28:24 PM

"I haven't been this excited about a movie for a long time..."

Huh. Apatow makes well-made funny movies for stupid people.

There are better choices out there. I'd recommend Severance or Paprika.

Posted by: Petey | May 31, 2007 5:39:15 PM

Judd Apatow & Seth Rogan were on Fresh Air today, and based solely on their interview, it sounds like it'll be great.

Also, jhupp, Superbad was written by Seth Rogan, who said he started writing it when he was 15 or something. I'm sure you can download the podcast if you're interested, it was a pretty good interview.

Posted by: Jumada | May 31, 2007 5:51:32 PM

I'm actually looking forward to this more than going to see Pirates of the Carribean 3.

Judd Apatow has never let me down. Johnny Depp was in Dead Man.

I was sort of want with Transformers, then somebody on a forum read the novelization and said that aside from Bumblebee and Frenzy, the Transformers don't show up until the last half of the movie.

The movie's titled Transformers, not "Shia LeBouf's ugly jewfro". When are action directors going to actually start delivering the goods again?

Posted by: Regault | May 31, 2007 6:11:28 PM

Pity the youth of today.

In my time, we used to eagerly anticipate movies like The Last Tango in Paris. Sex. Just Sex. Nothing about children etc.

Posted by: gregor | May 31, 2007 6:27:30 PM

Very smart to give Seth Rogen (Rogan?) his own movie.

In other movie news...

Whiskey River--written by Senator Jim Webb, directed bt Rob Reiner, about a man who "kidnaps" his son to save from being sent back to Iraq with an injury--now has a release date of 2009.

The Dead Girl is dark and great.

I had every reason to believe the Ed Burns's The Groomsmen was going to bad. It wasn't. It was actually pretty damn good.

Posted by: davidmizner | May 31, 2007 7:08:17 PM

Shia LeBouf and the reconceptualization worries me as well. I don't want to live in a world without the original Decepticons, yo.

Posted by: sangfroid826 | May 31, 2007 7:17:27 PM

Paprika is playing in New York and.... New York.


Posted by: twig | May 31, 2007 7:23:59 PM

You got pregnant because of some movie?

Posted by: mijnheer | May 31, 2007 7:35:02 PM

I was worried when the Austin Chronicle review name-dropped Preston Sturges about two sentences in (I was about to get angry), but then it lower expectations by dropping a 2.5 star rating on it. How about a Freaks and Geeks movie?

Posted by: norbizness | May 31, 2007 9:50:12 PM

Huh, I initially read this post as "I haven't been excited about this movie for a long time" which, while somewhat awkwardly worded, made a lot more sense.

Posted by: djw | May 31, 2007 10:55:17 PM

I think I'll see it tomorrow. Marc and I are having a stand-off. I can't see how it can get past the inevitable reality issues. In the real world, most intelligent women with up-and-coming careers, when accidentally impregnated during casual sex, just get abortions. Moreover, they should. Once you've started to pretend abortion isn't an issue, you've bolted into the territory of wishful-thinking of the creepiest sort, aka, "Wouldn't be awesome if that one hot chick who fucked you that one time was chained to you for life by pregnancy?"

Marc's point is Judd Apatow. Which is a good point.

It's possible it could rise above an obvious plothole like pretending abortion isn't an option, but it will take some work.

Posted by: Amanda Marcotte | May 31, 2007 11:17:41 PM

Amanda: Agree completely. I saw the commercial and though "Gee, I wonder why she didn't get an abortion." I don't know if it would be worse to make up some BS excuse for her carrying the pregnancy to term, or to just not even mention abortion as an option.

Posted by: Sam L. | May 31, 2007 11:35:22 PM

Regault: I don't know how the !#$!#$ Michael Bay failed to notice that he was directing Transformers not Spike and Jenny's Adventures With Giant Robots, but somebody needed to clear this little misunderstanding up with him before this point. You see anything about tweens in that first title, Mike? No? Funny, that.

Posted by: NBarnes | May 31, 2007 11:37:20 PM

I don't want to sound like the downer I can be, but I'm wondering if it's bound to disappoint. Some of the reviews on rottentomatoes.com that were released first said it was one of the best comedies of the last twenty years. For some reason, I feel like I've gotten over expecting too much from movies and television shows, so I'm pretty sure I'll leave satisfied. Then again, I seem to remember leaving "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" thinking it was good but not that good, and upon seeing it a few times, it's seemed much better, so who knows what to think.

On another note, did anybody know that Leslie Mann, who plays the drunk blond chick that throws up on Steve Carrell in "Virgin," is married to Judd Apatow? As E.W. says, she really does have good comic timing, and I'm wondering if it's enhanced by her husband writing material for her.

Posted by: Brian | Jun 1, 2007 12:22:39 AM

Amanda: as one of the clear-eyed feminists regarding the issue of pornography, I'd be curious as to what you'll think of the male protagonist running a porn site called fleshofthestars.com (and if it at all dovetails with the contraception/abortion issue). Hope you'll include it in your review.

Posted by: sangfroid826 | Jun 1, 2007 12:31:06 AM

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