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Overheard: ‘Knocked Up’ As Oscar Bait?

Judging by the sheer amount of Knocked Up content on this blog, you’re probably well aware of our affinity for Judd Apatow’s latest comedy (see here, here, and here for a chronicle of our obsession). With the goal of providing you a somewhat more objective perspective, we surveyed the audience at Cinema Village this Saturday, following the 4 p.m. showing of the film.

Bryn, 23
Fashion publicist
“I thought it was really good. I love Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared. Will it be a big hit? I mean, it was sold out on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. I’d usually never go to the movies on a day like today, but I really wanted to see it, so yeah.”

Jesse, 23
“I thought it was excellent — all the way through good. I don’t know if I had a favorite scene or favorite character. I liked that Judd Apatow used all of his kind of classic Freaks and Geeks people. It was the whole crew.”

Colleen, 24
Graphic designer
“The scene where you could see the baby coming out made me not want to be a mom anymore.”

Aaron, 25
“It made you just want to be friends with all of them. It seemed like they were having such a good time.”

Nancy, 64
“It was fan-fucking-tastic! Can I say that? I loved Seth Rogen. The detail in the characters and the choices they made was so interesting to watch. The story actually held — when does that ever happen?”

Charles, 36
“It was brilliant. Intelligent comedy. You go in thinking you’re going to see The 40-Year-Old Virgin, but it’s actually a brilliant drama encased in a comic suit. I think it will win a lot. I really do. The writing is so intelligent that it’s definitely going to be in contention [for an Oscar].”

Adam, 22
Office assistant
“Rogen’s transformation into an adult happened so quickly. I guess they had to skip a lot of time between 12 and 24 weeks, but it didn’t seem realistic. That, and everyone being more attractive than normal people. Well, except for Rogen and his friends. I thought it was great, though. I’m going to have to see it again because I couldn’t catch half the dialogue because everyone was laughing so much!”
Jocelyn Guest

Overheard: ‘Knocked Up’ As Oscar Bait?