Sunday, June 24, 2007

Knocked Up review (2007)

I think there's been a general notion recently that, at least among the mainstream demographic, the Romantic comedy is dead. So with that in mind, there's some good news and bad news. The good news is that the genre has been saved by a gifted young writer named Judd Apatow. The bad news: It isn't very pretty.

It's sad but true. His film here is crude and does very little to restore confidence to the institution of fatherhood. I think the PTA in this California neighborhood where Seth Rogen and Kate Heigel's kid is going to attend school a few years down the road is rightfully going to be frightened to death.

At the same time, it probably comes closer to portraying modern romance more than any attempt at romantic comedy in recent years. As sad as it is to admit, romance these days is more about drunken hook-ups than it is about screwball-comedy-type courting and today's standard of chivalry might be a guy like Rogen's character, willing to commit to a girl he knocked up, and not Cary Grant.