Saturday, November 03, 2007

Knocked Up


In some ways this venture could be a sequel to or a cousin of 40 Year Old Virgin, but that's not to suggest that this installment is hackneyed or cliched by any means; I found the performances to be surprisingly subtle, many scenes moved in interesting directions and the characters, while downloading their templates straight out of popular culture formulas, manage to infuse the stereotypes with life and truth. Production employs standard Hollywood conventions to maintain invisibility and push the story, themes and performances to the fore, and while Act Three was too tepid, rote and un-earned for my tastes, it didn't feel offensive and it was executed well.

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