Viewed – 18 January 2008 DVD
I must confess…I don’t watch many comedy movies. Its not that I don’t like them, its just that thrillers, action movies or dramas have more deeper appeal. Yet a good comedy can really have that feel good quality and keep me smiling for days. So I had heard a few positive things about this rom-com revolving around pregnancy and an unconventional love story, so I thought I’d give it a shot.
Relative new-comer Seth Rogen plays ill mannered, obnoxious party-animal Ben who some how manages to score with the classy, gorgeous Alison (Katherine Heigl) after a drunken encounter at a night club. She’s an aspiring TV presenter and he’s really a bit of a looser – not exactly a partnership made in heaven then. So what transpires is fairly entertaining and mildly amusing, as we watch the two thrown together after Alison discovers she’s pregnant, and is forced to stick with Ben, despite his ability to say all the wrong things and generally be a complete moron throughout. If it wasn’t for the fact he didn’t wear a condom during their one-night of passion – she wouldn’t have looked at him again.
OK, so the stoner party animal who falls for the classy girl, is a story thats been done to death, but Seth Rogen brings a lovable charm to the film that makes you believe someone like Alison would eventually see through his bad habits, and fall for him for real. This is a sweet, but still very grown up comedy, that although not particularly funny, was still well observed and enjoyable…and had more heart than I was expecting.
Verdict: 3 /5