Final Film Critique for Knocked Up

ashford university

Question Description

The movie being analyzed is Knocked Up

Throughout this course, you have been writing essays and participating in discussion forums that analyze various elements of film such as theme, cinematic techniques, and genre. It is now time to combine those elements into a comprehensive analysis of one movie.

You will be completing this assignment in two stages. For the first stage (1500 to 1800 words), you will analyze an entire movie. In the second stage (300 to 600 words), you will reflect on how you analyzed the movie as well as how your ability to analyze film in general has evolved.

You are encouraged to incorporate writing from your Week Two and Week Three assignments if (a) you have reflected on the instructor’s feedback, (b) you have revised the relevant parts of the essays accordingly, and (c) the essays discuss the same film that you discuss here.

Stage 1: Analysis

For this stage, you will be analyzing a movie selected from the AFI's 10 Top 10 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. list. The film you choose can be one that you have previously analyzed in this course. While you are allowed to choose a film that does not come from the AFI lists, you are strongly encouraged to email your professor to receive approval before doing so.

The analysis portion of your paper should be 1500 to 1800 words in length. You should analyze the film through the lens of one of the broad theories you have learned about in class (auteur theory, genre theory, formalist theory). Your analysis must address four main areas (contextual information, story/plot, aesthetic choices, and social/personal impact) and how these areas work together to develop the theme of the movie. As you construct your analysis, assume that your reader is not familiar with this film. Use your analysis to explain to your reader why they should watch this film.

In addition to the film you are analyzing, you must use three scholarly sources to support your arguments. Refer to the ENG225 Research Guide in the Ashford University Library for guidance and to locate your sources. Cite your sources (including the feature-length film) within the text of your paper and on the reference page. Cite your sources according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..

Your analysis must address the following components (noted in bold below):

Contextual Information – In this area, you will provide some of the basic identifying information of the film. This includes:


oDirector, cinematographer, major actors/actresses. Be sure to describe their roles in the overall design process.

oYear of release

oType of film (blockbuster, indie, documentary, etc.)


Story/Plot – In this area, you should offer a brief summary of the film, and then show how it was deployed in the narrative structure of the film. Explain the difference between the film’s story and its plot. This area can be addressed as a separate paragraph, or can be threaded throughout your analysis of the film.

Aesthetic Choices – In this area, you will assess the efficacy of specific techniques and design elements employed in the film as they apply to the overarching narrative and theme of the film. These elements include:

oMise en scène (e.g., lighting, sound, composition of frame, costuming, etc.)

oEditing (e.g., cuts and transitions, shots used, angles, etc.)

oTechnology (i.e., analyze the impact of any notable technological effects: film stock, targeted release venue, special effects, etc.)

Social/Personal Impact – In this area, you will critically address the following questions:

oWhat impact did this film have on society (i.e., politically or culturally, positive or negative)? The impact can be as major as inspiring political or social changes or as minor as inspiring the production of toys or lunchboxes.

oHow did society affect this film (i.e., what currents in society led to the creation of the film)?

oIf you are unable to find any information about the social impact of the film, explain the personal impact it has had on you.

Note: Not every bullet point under the four listed components will necessarily apply to your movie. However, you will still need to discuss each of the four main components thoroughly, which means that you may need to explain a concept even if it can’t be directly applied to your movie.

Your paper should be organized around a thesis statement that clarifies what you will attempt to accomplish in your paper, and how you will proceed. Additionally, you must conclude with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph. Review the Final Film Critique sample, which provides an example of a well-developed analysis as well as insight on composition.

Stage 2: Reflection

After completing your movie analysis, you will reflect on the analysis process and how you have learned to more thoroughly analyze film as well as how rigorous study of film enhances your development as a student and thinker. In this 300- to 600-word reflection, review your initial post from the “Post Your Introduction” discussion in Week One, and consider how your ability to analyze movies has changed or grown. Append your reflection to the analysis portion of your paper and submit as one document. Your reflection should be personal and exploratory in nature.

Address the following questions in your reflection:

What can be gained through analyzing film?

How has this changed the way you view movies?

How are you able to use film theory and criticism to find and interpret meaning in movies?

In what ways has this course changed your understanding of how movies are related to society?

What skills have you developed during this course, and how might those skills be applied to your major, profession, and/or life?

The Final Film Critique

Must be one document that is 1800 to 2400 words in length, comprised of a 1500- to 1800-word film analysis and a 300- to 600-word reflection.

Must include a separate title and reference page, and be formatted according to APA style as outlined in Ashford Writing Center (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..

Must include a title page with the following:

oTitle of paper

oStudent’s name

oCourse name and number

oInstructor’s name

oDate submitted

Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.

Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.

Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.

Must use at least three scholarly sources (reviews, articles, or book chapters) other than the textbook to support your points. Refer to the ENG225 Research Guide (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. for guidance.

Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Must include a separate reference page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Final Answer



Final Film Critique for Knocked Up
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Stage 1: Analysis
Contextual Information

Knocked Up is a movie produced by Judd Apatow, Shauna Robertson, and Clayton
Townsend. The movie was released on 1st June 2007. It is an American romantic comedy coproduced, written and directed by Judd Apatow, starring Martin Starr, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel,
Jason Segel, Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, Katherine Heigl and Seth Rogen. The cinematography of
the movie Knocked Up is Eric Alan Edwards (Hoerl & Kelly, 2010). The movie was edited by
Craig Alpert and Brent White. The music was played by Joe Henry and Loudon Wainwright III.
Apatow Productions was the production company of the movie “Knocked Up”. The movie was
distributed by Universal Pictures. The movie was launched on 1st June 2007, and acclaim from
critics, the film grossed $219 million in the entire world to box office prosperity. The film
followed a drunken stand of one-night repercussions between the just-promoted personality of
media and a slacker which resulted in a pregnancy which Alison was not intended.
“Knocked Up” by Judd Apatow is an instant and classic comedy which captures the
moral ambivalence and social confusion of our moment without preaching, straining and
pondering (Kersten & Bielby, 2012). Just like the earlier film “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” by
Apatow, “Knocked Up” links dirty to humor to fundamentally upright premises. Alison Scott
commonly known as Katherine Heigl in the film is a lady who is career-minded living in the
with her sister family of Debbie Mann Leslie in the pool of the house and she has been provided
with the on-air role with grade E. Seth Rogen (Ben Stone) is sardonic as well as laid-back. Ben
Stone (Seth Rogen) depends on the finances he acquired from the compensation he received



from injuries (Latimer, 2009). Periodically he works on the website of celebrity porn together
with his friends as well as roommates such as Martin Starr, Jason Segel, Jay Baruchel, and Jonah
Hill in between going off with the friends at theme parks like the Farm of Knott Berry or
smoking marijuana. Alison meets with Ben at a local nightclub during the celebration of her
promotion. Alison and Ben do not use condom protection because of misunderstandings. The
phrase "Just do it already" is used by Alison in encouraging B...

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