I’m cursing this round of The Birthday Series, as it seems to be very comedy heavy. Well, I say comedy, but Apatow’s Knocked Up (release date 24th August in the UK) will be the third film on the bounce to fail to make me actually laugh. I thought this was fairly integral for comedies, you know, in fact I’d almost argue that some level of “comedy” would be actually essential. However, Comedy in the 21st Century is clearly a euphemism for “light drama” judging by the sheer number of unfunny efforts out there. To make matters worse, this is a Judd Apatow film, a man who deals with purely annoying pathetic men children, harpies, stoners etc without injecting a single ounce of what could be generously called comedy into any of them.
Contains fat stoners, pan-faced dogs, and mild spoilers but a singular lack of comedy below.