Knocked Up 

How is it possible that a movie featuring nudity, drug use, casual sex and excessive profanity can still be one of the best films of the year? Because it features brilliant characters and hilarious dialogue, that's how.

Writer/director Judd Apatow (The 40 Year Old Virgin) has found a way to elevate the stoner comedy. He's re-invented the dimwitted but loveable screw-up, the Bill Murray of his generation, in Seth Rogen (SuperBad).

Rogen plays Ben Stone, a pot-smoker coasting through life until a one night stand with Alison (Katherine Heigl), a young professional, results in pregnancy. As Alison decides what to do with her life, Ben tries to quickly grow up and their friends and family offer loads of advice. It's a simple plot, and by infusing ridiculous but intelligent humor into an unfunny topic such as premarital pregnancy, the script creates laughs in seemingly unfunny situations.

Several stars involved in the project worked together before, mostly in Apatow-produced TV shows Freaks & Geeks and Undeclared. Apatow's real-life wife and kids star as Alison's sister-in-law and nieces. As such, Knocked Up feels excessively realistic at times, featuring viewpoints both men and women understand.

If you're the type to get offended by inappropriateness, you'll be plenty offended. But if instead, you can understand that an entire generation of 20-somethings behaves exactly like Ben or Alison—or somewhere in between—then you'll probably agree that Knocked Up is one of the most surprisingly funny and appropriate takes on delicate matter you could hope for.

These videos courtesy of Hollywood Video, 590 Broadway Ave., 208-342-6117.

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