Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Knocked Up

I've been looking forward to Knocked Up, Judd Apatow's follow-up for his sweet and hysterical The 40-Year-Old Virgin, ever since I saw the massive, 3-minute R-rated trailer on YouTube a month or so ago:



Now Nikki Finke is reporting that buzz coming out of early screenings has been hugely positive. According to Finke:
They're saying how it's funnier and filthier than The 40 Year Old Virgin which Judd Apatow also wrote and directed and produced, but also has that same level of emotional honesty. So it's clear that the 39-year-old Judd is the Hollywood hottie of the moment. He and Ben Stiller are the hardest-working men in film comedy. Apatow's Knocked Up could be huge this summer (and I haven't heard such great buzz on a non-sequel R-rated comedy since Wedding Crashers).

Admittedly, I wasn't as impressed with Wedding Crashers as everyone else was, but I fell hard for 40-Year-Old Virgin. Its pitch-perfect blend of raunch and heart made for one of the best and most surprising comedies in years. I wrote a glowing review of it at the time that I thought was one of the best reviews I had ever written, only to have it lost in a computer crash, so it was never published. I'm sure there's a lesson in there somewhere.

But I am very glad to hear that the early notices for Knocked Up (which is set to be released on June 1st) have been positive. Apatow is obviously a great talent. At the rate he is going he could end up being this generation's Mel Brooks.

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