Saturday, December 8, 2007


So, it's 4:25 in the morning, and I'm wishing I were dead. I ate something earlier that seems to be having a difference of opinion with my digestive system on the finer points of stomach acid and digestibility. So, I've been making frequent trips to the bathroom, and wishing for a swift and painless death. Or even a swift and painful one, 'cause I'm pretty sure it wouldn't suck as much as this does.

During this brief respite, I decided to check the news online, to help take my mind off my misery, when I saw this little tidbit...seems that Katherine Heigl of Grey's Anatomy and Knocked Up fame wants to clarify some statements about the movie that she made previously.

Seems she said that Knocked Up was "a little bit sexist," and that the movie "paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys. It was hard for me to love the movie."

To which I respond, "Ah durr." It's a Judd Apatow film. What did you expect?

Anyway, Katherine's defense was to say, "I was responding to previous reviews about the movie the interviewer brought to my attention. My motive was to encourage other women like myself to not take that element of the movie too seriously and to remember that it's a broad comedy. Although I stand behind my opinion, I'm disheartened that it has become the focus of my experience with the movie. The truth is, it was the best filming experience of my career. Every person that was a part of making Knocked Up helped to encourage, support and inspire me. I never intended for anyone to think otherwise."

Wait, wait. I'm no good at math, but how does one go from "a little bit sexist," and "it was hard for me to love the movie," to, "My motive was to encourage other women like myself to not take that element of the movie too seriously and to remember that it's a broad comedy." How does that work?

See, the thing I don't seem to be understanding is how she could have possibly read the script, which was more than likely clearly marked, "By Judd Apatow," and sincerely have been surprised by the humor. I mean, she read the damned thing. It was probably all in there. And yes, I'm sure there's a legitimate disconnect sometimes between what actors read and envision, and the reality of the finished product. But come on, it's JUDD APATOW! Y'know, he of The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Superbad. How surprised could you be at the sophomoric humor and the mildly inappropriate characterizations of women? It's JUDD APATOW!

Seriously, someone needs to sit Katherine Heigl down and tell her, "Honey, if you want career longevity, try not to piss on everyone you work for, 'kay?" She did that with the producers of Grey's, and now it looks like she did that with the writer/director, producers and cast of the movie that helped upgrade her cred to A-list with a bullet. But hey, there's quite a bit to be said for career suicide. Just look what it did for Isaiah Washington.

If you'll excuse me, I have to retch now. From the food, not Katherine Heigl.

1 comment:

Veronica said...

Hi, you came over and commented on my post about helping send B to japan?

I tried to track you down then, but your profile wasn't showing a blog.

I recently changed to wordpress, so you can find the new post about B here. I entered you into the draw to win the prizes anyway, just for commenting. Thankyou so very much!

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