"Knocked Up" is 2007's Best-Reviewed Wide Release

by | June 1, 2007 | Comments

Eyebrows were raised when early reviews of "Knocked Up" were throwing us mega-quotes like "uproarious," "classic," and one of the "best comedies of the last twenty years." Early reviews can be over-enthusiastic, but this time it’s no joke: "Knocked Up" isn’t just 2007’s best comedy, it’s the best-reviewed wide release movie overall with a Certified Fresh Tomatometer of 92 percent.

"Knocked Up" stars Seth Rogen as perpetually stoned schlub named Ben who impregnates a woman way out of his league (Katherine Heigl) after a one-night stand, putting the kibosh on his arrested development. It’s a good year for comedy so far: the second-best reviewed movie of 2007 so far is the action-spoof "Hot Fuzz," which is Certified Fresh with 89 percent Tomatometer. "Blades of Glory" also fared decently with 69 percent, placing it 12th on 2007’s overall list.

Mainstream comedies rarely ever cross into Certified Fresh territory, but it’s now practically expected from "Knocked Up" writer-director Judd Apatow. He did incredible TV work with "Freaks and Geeks" and "Undeclared," after which he went on to resurrect the R-comedy in 2005 with "The 40-Year-Old-Virgin."