My husband and I watched "Knocked Up" the other night. Yes, I am aware that it was in the theaters like a zillion years ago and we are probably the last people on the planet to see it. Unless, of course, you are also a parent and then you completely understand. I would have to say that both of us liked the movie well enough. In fact, the beginning seemed so promising that my husband turned to me and said, "this may be one we have to own". Ryan Seacrest is particularly funny in his cameo. By the end neither one of us was feeling the love quite so much. It was funny enough, when it wasn't relying as the f bomb as a punch line, and I felt that the casting of Seth Rogan and Katherine Heigl was a great mismatch. It just seemed like it could have been so much more. Funnier, wackier, etc. I don't think they used Seth to his full comedic potential, and toward the end it seemed like it (the movie that is) was taking itself WAY too seriously. O.K. I am finished playing Roger Ebert for all of you now, as this is not the main point of this post.
So here I am finally getting to the main point of this post. I felt that some of the "humor" contained gratuitous "gross out" elements that really didn't add to the funniness of the situation, if anything it had the opposite effect. The first of these situations occurs when the idea of "morning sickness" is introduced. Katherine Heigl's character does not yet know she is pregnant, but it is apparent that she is suddenly feeling quite ill. She dashes to the nearest trash can and well you know what happens. We don't see anything, but there are sound effects which are bad enough. A couple of minutes later, she once again begins to feel ill only this time when she reaches for the trash can we are treated to a visual as well. Why? Why did I need to see it? I got it the first time just fine without seeing it. Totally pointless in my opinion, granted I am a total lightweight when it comes to this issue. When I was in about 4th grade I went to the movies with a friend of mine. The movie was "Meatballs". My friends family became concerned that I might have a bladder infection because I excused myself so many times during the movie. The truth was, I didn't have to go to the restroom, I was terrified that I was going to see or hear someone get sick on screen! ( I had been surprised by it in the film "California Suite" and by golly I was not gonna get sucker punched again!)
The second situation comes toward the end of the movie when it is time for the birth of the baby. They showed the baby "crowning" at least 3 if not 4 times. I did not need to see that! It was done in a totally crass over the top manner, again, in my opinion. If this were a documentary about giving birth, I can see the relevance, but a date movie, not so much! While I am on the subject of birth scenes, another little something that bothers me is how ALL the moms giving birth are screaming like banshees. It's not gross, it just is inaccurate. I am not saying that I was some super woman who loved every second of labor and said nothing but loving, soothing things for the entire process. It is obviously a hard and painful experience, it just doesn't lend itself to screaming at the top of one's lungs. It lends itself more to choice words and phrases escaping through gritted teeth. I'm just sayin'.
That's my two cents for what it's worth. What are your thoughts?