Since he made a good impression on critics, especially on the audience with its hilarious comedy “Knocked Up”, director Judd Apatow after about 5 years decided to make a follow up, says Shimon Haber.
What’s interesting is that now deals with the matrimonial problems of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann), otherwise minor characters from the first movie. Putting the action in a period immediately before Pete will turn in his 40 years, Apatow gives us an excellent illustration of the relationship between spouse, which is slowly, but surely catching with midlife crisis.
Through comedic form the audience learns of numerous, quite ordinary problems that are plaguing the average (U.S.) family: mischief children who grow and mature (which most parents would go insane, because it applies well known: small children – small trouble and big children- big problems), poor management (and hence the financial problems), worse physical appearance (a tendency to obesity, so giving up from a lot of nice things, like the delicious cakes) and visual saturation of years of common life of spouses (where sex becomes only routine, without any passion). All these are well-known facts, universal themes, with whom can identify common people, who are fighting every day to achieve the objectives, which would allow them a better life.
Just such authenticity, and a necessary dramaturgy with humorous sequences, and the witty, intelligent dialogue set are the biggest advantages of this comedy. Well done study that displays the life in 40’s needs a director (with similar age) that will on the basis of his own experiences, expose all the ‘dirty laundry’ which remains within the walls of a comfortable family home. Normally, the casting was very important to get it all through acting, interpreted in a straightforward, natural way.
It is fair to say that engaged actors did their best to leave a better impression, says Haber. Regardless of the criticism, that the action was too long for an urban comedy, this movie deserves intermediate grade. The main reason is that you will undoubtedly have some fun and at times have very good laugh. And the purpose of making a comedy is just exactly that, right?