“ Genre: Romance / Theatrical Release: 2007 / Director: Judd Apatow / Actors: Katherine Heigl, Jay Baruchel ... / DVD released 26 December, 2007 at Universal Pictures Video / Features of the DVD: PAL „
=Knocked Up DVD=
=This is a film only review=
The film centres around the two main characters
Alison Scott played by Katherine Heigi
Ben Stone played by Seth Rogen
=Alison is a career girl, whose career is everything to her, she is a presenter on E! and gets a new job. Everything Alison does is career focused and done by the book,
=Ben - Who lives with his mates, which is about the most responsible aspect of him, he is a recreational drug taker, he runs a naughty internet site with his friends. He's living off compensation that he got a few years previously, he's never really had a girlfriend.
Alison has got this new job so goes with friends to a nightclub to celebrate, meets Ben, gets drunk, yep you can guess the rest, think the title of the film is a definite give away!
Although in defence to both of them, it's a slight misunderstanding, Alison thinks there being careful, but after telling Ben t hurry up and get on with it, he thinks she means go bareback.
=8 weeks later=
Yep 8 weeks later the little stick is positive, and Alison has a shock to find out she's pregnant,
=Keeping the baby=
Alison decides to keep the baby, this is where the fun and games begin, as Ben and Alison try to get to know each other. You see the differences between them, Alison would have the baby book read cover to cover, whilst for Ben who needs a book, he doesn't.
=Ups and Downs=
You go through them trying to make the relationship work - but the differences keep rearing their ugly head.
=Do they don't they=
That is the million dollar question - and for the answer - you need to watch the film!!
The film is rated a 15, which I feel is appropriate, as it's not just a one off incident of swearing or sexual reference, - it's a fun film, and there's times where you want to shout at the screen or knock their heads together.
Time 129 minutes running.
It's a good film, one where you get involved with the characters and it's a laugh out loud film. One that would be a laugh for a girlie night, a night with the other half, maybe some of the laughs are at the characters expense, but your laughing with them.
Film Only Review:
Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) is a career girl, a presenter on E! and when she gets the job to celebrate she goes to a nightclub where she meets laid back, recreational drug taker Ben Stone (Seth Rogen) who lives with his mates, makes no money and runs a naughty internet site. He has no responsibilities and lives off some compensation he had got a few years back and has never really ever had a proper girlfriend. The couple get drunk and end up having sex and then go there separate ways however what Alison does't realise is that though she thought they were having safe sex but her being in a hurry and telling Ben to get on with it means he thought she meant not to use one and then roll on 8 weeks later and it suddenly dawns on Alison that she could be pregnant to which she is!
This unplanned pregnancy and her deciding to keep the baby means Ben and Alison need to get to know eachother. They are completely different people with her nesting and taking on the responsibility of becoming a parent and him not in her eyes, I mean he doesn't even read the baby books they got!
They at first try to make a go of a relationship for the sake of the baby but their differences are just too much as well as Alison being rather hormonal so in the end they go their separate ways when Alison looks at her sisters marriage and how unhappy she seems to be give up on the idea of them being together.
However the baby is still coming, Ben is still not facing up to the responsibility of it all in Alison's opinion can they become friends and good parents or not is the question?! Will Ben ever grow up, ditch the drugs and be a good Dad?
I love this film! I think the acting is great the language used and sexual references are pretty strong along with some sex scenes but it all to me is laugh out loud fun. I love Ben's rather laid back character and the anger at times Alison shows and I think everyone who played a part played it really, really well. This film won't change your life I don't think! The film runs 129 minutes, never drags on and finishes pretty quick, too quick for me cos I just like it so much! It has a 15 age rating which I think is right and yep this one gets a huge thumbs up from me....its a feel good movie with a predictable ending and its just great!
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Knocked Up is a rom com all about, as you might expect from the name, an unexpected pregnancy. I have to admit I wasn't expecting much when I first stuck this on one lazy Sunday afternoon when the boyfriend was at work, but for a little bit of light entertainment I figured it would fit the bill!! This was a laugh out loud, cry in places quality film.
I loved Katherine Heigl in 27 Dresses, so was expecting her to be equally hilarious in this one and I wasn't disappointed. The short version of the storyline is that she and her married-with-kids sister go on a night out, get horrendously drunk then she ends up having a one night stand with a total geek whose name she forgets.
The storyline ensues with the pains and turbulence that a baby brings to her life and the awkward situation of being linked to another person via a baby. The story is sweet, sad and funny as the pair try to work out their differences and I won't disclose the ending but it is a real feel good movie. I would recommend this for a girls night in or a bit of light entertainment, though boys who won't admit they love a rom com will enjoy this too!!
This film has been out for some years and so is reasonably priced, or you can rent it from Blockbuster (whose film subscription services I would highly recommend).
For the leading characters, I think they chose the right couple as they are laugh out loud funny and give the film that comic value that is desperately needed in this genre - there is nothing worse than crap jokes and hide your face humour in a rom com.
I always tell a good film by whether it can evoke emotion in me, as I quite easily become absorbed in the life of a character when a story is told well, so I am giving this film five stars as it really cheered me up when I was in a bad mood!!
The bittersweet side to this film is of how a baby can turn your life upside down. This made this film a comedy about reality, so it worked incredibly well and you can empathise with the main characters throughout.
There are certain films that seem to receive nothing but rave reviews and one such movie is 2007's Knocked Up. We originally tried to watch it a couple of years ago and just couldn't get into it, giving up after about half an hour. I'd never really given it much more thought until last night when I came across it on ITV2. Perhaps the original rave reviews had put me off but I'd previously not really seen the appeal, however we decided to give it another try last night and can honestly say it seemed a lot better the second time around.
Always Be Safe
For Alison life really couldn't be better, she's just had a promotion at work that means she'll be fronting her own TV show. Her sister suggests they should go out to celebrate and that is where she meets Ben. After numerous drinks in a club they end up going home together and doing what drunks who hook up in a club and go home together do. Very shortly after Alison discovers she is pregnant and the only possible father is Ben, an out of work stoner who is spending his time developing a website to tell people when certain stars appear naked in which films. Now the pair need to decide if they can make a go of it, or if it's best for the child that they aren't together.
Apatow Strikes Again
Having scored a reasonably big hit with 40 Year Old Virgin and playing a significant role in the production of the likes of Superbad, Apatow became a rather big star in the directing and production world in a very short space of time. The first time I watched this movie I think I missed the joke, however strangely the second time it instantly felt like a much better movie. I think it would be more than fair to say that this is a comedy you really need to be in the right mood for. The comedy is at times very crude and I think that works against the overall appeal of the movie. There are some genuinely funny moments hidden in amongst the smut and drug jokes.
In taking on the writing credits as well, it really felt like Apatow kept true to his original concept and whilst that did work it meant the movie felt a little too long. In fact it could easily have had 30 to 40 minutes trimmed from the run time and not really lost any of the appeal. I think in fact that would have benefited it greatly. When the film is funny though it is very funny and the comical timing, the camera angles and the general production of the movie looks sharp. From that point of view it was enjoyable, however I really think if it had been shorter it would have been a far better movie.
The New Brat Pack
Like the majority of films that Apatow seems to be involved in there are leading roles for Seth Rogan, Jason Segel, Jonah Hill and Paul Rudd. All four actors deliver their usual performance with Rogan's style of comedy being a little out of left field but really suiting the role. I was also really surprised by how much more I enjoyed the performances of Paul Rudd and Jason Segel, again they deliver the sort of funny performances they are becoming more known for. As for Jonah ill this still seemed to be during the phase where he looked and sounded like a paranoid stoner and although this film along with Superbad almost type cast him I'm glad his performances have improved since this.
The real star of the piece though was certainly Katherine Heigl as Alison. She is a very strong lead female and took to the part really well. Her comical timing and general demeanour onscreen really set her apart from her co-stars. Even the chemistry between her and Rogan seemed to be more from her ability to act than his and she really seemed to fit the role well. The casting on the whole was really good, but once again it comes back to the overall length of the film and with a shorter film I think it would have been much better.
Getting Knocked Up
This is a pretty decent comedy and whilst I certainly wouldn't class it as the best movie I have seen it was still mildly funny and entertaining. There are some pretty dire smutty jokes and pointless drug references but it seems to be an acceptable part of an Apatow film. What we have here is a reasonable comedy that lasts slightly too long but will make you laugh provided you are in the right mood. I'm glad I gave it another go and did enjoy the majority of the movie. If you like Superbad or 40 Year Old Virgin then you'll know what to expect and I'd recommend it as a funny, but slightly predictable comedy.
Having watched this film and laughed really really hard at I thought I'd have to write a review on one of the funniest films I've seen recently. Knocked up was directed by Judd Apatow who also produced superbad another film I love. It was released in 2007 I originally seen it in in the cinema.
Knocked up is a film where two strangers Ben Stone and Alison Scott meet in club and end up going home together they have sex and Alison ends up pregnant. They are totally opposites of each other and you see how they try to form a relationship for their sake of their unborn child.
I thought Seth Rogan (Ben) was really funny in this film his character was really amusing as you see him to struggle to come to terms with the fact he's going to be a father and knows nothing about having a child. I also couldn't help but feel sorry for Katherine Heigl (Alison) as she's just got a promotion and her dream career and is worried that her unplanned pregnancy could ruin it all. One thing that really stood out was the soundtrack for this film it just seemed to really fit in with the tone of the film. I usually mention a little about the special effects in my dvd reviews but in this film their really wasn't that many special effects to comment on. There was loads of humour every where you looked in this film I laughed my socks off. The main reason I like knocked up was because it shows what couples can actually go through when they find out their expecting.
I'd recommend this film to any seth rogan fans this is definately a film for adults as theres loads of adult humour and scenes of a sexual nature.
Today me and my friend decided to chill out and watch some commedy, his fresh ex girlfriend gaved him this movie on his birthday which was less then a week ago, the title is Knocked Up!
The first few minutes dissapointed me I was scared that this movie is going to be even bigger crap than Hang Over but as it usually happens it turns out to be a pretty good romantic-comedy. The story is pretty fascinating, Ben Stone (the main character) and his friends are grown-ups who did not actually grow up at least in ther minds, all of them are jobless and camed up with an original idea of creating a web site which contains information about in which movie and on what time the actress is naked or she showes her so-called beaver. As all people with alternative idea of making money they're not usual citizens, all the time on high and having fun which makes the movie funny. One day Ben and his crazy crew goes out to a club where he meets Alison Scott which is absoulutely different than him, she works in television as a presenter, lives with her sister and her husband, focused on the career, pretty boring woman some people could say. But by some miracle Ben manages to make her grow interest in him, and as they drink more and more and dance more and more they finally land in bed, and have sex but because Ben was slow with putting suit on his little friend, Alison (which is really horny) tell him to just get on with it, and he does but without the condom. The next day when she realise that Ben is a unresponsible man without any job or money, she dumps him. So Ben gets along fine until he recieved a call from Alison, which is informing him that she is pregnant with him. This is when the movie take on speed and Ben is doing all he can to take care of her, and satisfy her stubborn sister Debbie. I will not write more about the story because i don't want to spoil the movie, this movie tells really serious story in a funny way. I can without any hesitation say that it is worth watching, loads of funny action, life lessons and many more. Unfortunatelly my friend did not like it at first as he thought that this movie was is some secret message from his fresh ex-GF that she is pregnant and he went pretty paranoid. The situation is still not solved but if you are interested message me.
As for an american comedy this one is worth watching, I believe that especially with a Soul-mate that you want to prove that you can be responsible, well maybe if you're more cool than Ben Stone then you just cannot be responsible but i believe its hard.
Career driven Alison goes on a night out with her sister to celebrate her promotion at work. During that night she meets unemployed Ben Stone, who she has a drunken one-night stand with, which she instantly regrets the next morning. Alison had no intention of seeing Ben again, but she later finds out she is pregnant and gets in contact with him. Alison and Ben have different outlooks on life, but try overcome it and start a relationship for the sake of the baby.
Though it wasn't what I expected, Knocked up is a funny film but at over two hours long, the film starts to drag in places and would been a lot better if it was half an hour shorter. The scenes with Ben and his friends who have as much ambitions in life as he does, can be rude and crude at times (kind of like American Pie). So for those out there who are more reserved or are uncomfortable with swearing and crude jokes, then Knocked Up is not the film for you. Knocked up does have a serious element, as well between the main characters trying to build a relationship and provide a stable environment for their baby. With Katherine Heigl and Paul Rudd (who plays Alison's brother-in-law), as familiar faces helps to make Knocked Up a better film, if the cast had been totally unknown and without Seth Rogen (Ben) as one of the main characters, I don't know whether the film would have been as successful as it was.
The director of Knocked Up was Judd Apatow, who also directed 40-year old Virgin, which Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann (who played Alison's sister) are also in.
The two disc edition of Knocked Up includes delected, extended and alternative scenes.
Judd Apatow follows up his hit movie The 40 Year Old Virgin with Knocked up. While his first film focused on having sex, this one focuses on what happens after. This movie also has more of a story to it, but without detracting from the humor.
Ben (Seth Rogen) and Alison (Katherine Heigl) have a one night stand, after a night of one too many drinks. They soon discover that Alison is pregnant and despite being two very different people have been forced to spend time together and they prepare for the birth of their baby. The film follows them on that journey.
The film is a comedy, and a very funny one. Most of the laughs however don't come from the interaction of the two main characters, while they still to have a lot of laughs. But I found the funniest moments come from the bromance that develops between Ben and Paul Rudd's character (the husband of Katherine's Sister). Other characters include Bens stoner roommates, whose unconventional ways of consoling Ben as he comes to terms with the fact he is about to become a Dad offer a lot of laughs.
Unlike 40 year old virgin, the laughs comes less from sex (although they're still there) but more from the relationship between the characters, and is a more mature comedy for it.
The 2 main characters are very likable. Bens character is like that of his roommates in that they like to get high and don't do much, apart from try to get there website off the ground (a website that tells you when in films you can see nude celebs). Despite his lazy and sometimes vulgar attitude he is still likable as he has a good attitude to becoming a Dad, and as an audience believe he just wants what is best for the child, even though he can have a lazy attitude to it sometimes.
Alison is much more career minded, and has just been promoted, getting a presenting job on E! She tries to hide her pregnancy from the producer, and also tries to Ben to read Baby books. Her character is the closest to a straight character to relate to, although both main characters are relatable.
The DVD extras are very good with lots of special features to keep you entertained. One of my favourites being 'Directing the director', kind of a mini mockumentry in which Bennett Miller (director of Capote), is called to help Judd Apatow in making the film, but the 2 have differing opinions, and is very funny. There are also lots of deleted scenes, gag reel and loads more.
Knocked Up is the story of an unexpected, unplanned pregnancy following a one night stand between our two main characters, played by Seth Rogan and Katherine Heigl. It falls into the category of a comedy, and on first glance appears to have a pleasant mixture between moments of humour and moments of more serious contemplation.
The movie spans from just before the two characters meet, up until the birth and immediate aftermath. It brings together two people who are very different, and who originate from two very distinct lifestyles.
Ben, played by Seth, is unemployed and still living with his group of friends. He enjoys all the less than serious aspects of life.
Meanwhile Alison, played by Katherine Heigl, is an up and coming E! presenter who lives with her sister and her sister's family.
The rest of the cast will be familiar to a lot of people who know the work of the director, Judd Apatow.
The film is also one of a grouping of movies starring Seth Rogan that have the same 'feel' about them. Like Superbad, or Zack and Miri Make a Porno, there seems to be a very lose style to proceedings. Dialogue is casual and the story quite free and easy going. The concept is very simple, and there aren't any real twists or complications. It simply is what it is, with comedic moments coming more from circumstances than any particularly clever dialogue.
Despite the feeling of simplicity, it does have a few more levels. It explores issues like growing up, marriage, relationships, getting older and naturally - becoming a parent. Responsibility is a common theme here, and this deeper side combined with the periodic comedy makes it an overall success.
Some critisisms though. There are several gaps in the story, and it feels as if certain scenes have been left out. Seth Rogan and Paul Rudd going to Las Vegas for example - there is no explanation given to their respective girlfriends and wives, and because of past occurances in the film, this seems an unnatural progression.
Also Seth Rogan's character getting an apartment. One moment he is living with his friends, the next they are calling him. Loopholes like this tamper with the continuity, and make the whole thing feel less connected to the audience.
The general believability of the pairing also has it's flaws. From the outset we are led to believe that Alison isn't terribly attracted to Ben. Then in virtually no time at all (after she discovers she's pregnant) she's suddenly in love with him. The character of Alison, too, is a bit bland and nondescript.
Humour is also a bit hit and miss. It's not the type of movie that will have you rolling around on the floor laughing. There are some sequences that are funny, but these aren't frequent enough.
For this reason I feel like it's more of a guy's romantic comedy - with the emphasis places on 'romantic'. It's basically the same genre as has got a lot of flack over the years, repackaged for men in their twenties and thirties, with the help of recognizable comedy actors.
Overall then, I would give this a 3 star - but only just. At 2 hours and 10 minutes it drags on a lot, and I think it meanders too much.
Knocked up is a movie following the main characters Ben Stone (Seth Rogen) and Alison Scott (Katerine Heigl) Alison works at E! behind the scenes and works really hard, she just finds out that she has recieved a promotion which means that she will be infront of the camera instead of behind and her and her sister Deb go out to a club to celebrate.
At the bar Alison meets Ben. Ben is a little bit of a slacker who doesn't really know what he's doing in life. He smokes weed and his only real commitment is running a website which can tell you where in which movie and where the actors and actresses gets naked. The two hit it off and both groups join each other in the club.
After drinking and Dancing with Ben, Alison decides to take him back to her home which is her sisters pool house. They have sex and after a mis communication about contraception they don't use any.
During breakfast the next morning they find out that they have nothing in common with each other than it was just a drunken mistake. They exchange details and then go their seperate ways. Eight weeks later Alison finds herself being sick during one of her interviews and one of her workmates suggests that she could be pregnant. After deciding to keep the baby she gets back in contact with ben and he decides to stick around and support her.
Even though this is a comedy film there are quite a few serious moments which i love, also the topic that they address. There are more and more people getting pregnant from accidents these days and they've turned this into a pretty funny topic.
I really love bens character even though he's a slacker and stoner he tries so hard to change his ways and try to support Alison. Both of the characters are complete opposites and i think that Alisons character really does him good, helping him to make the most of what he's got.
I love the relationship that Ben and Paul Rudds character have, they get on really well with each other becoming friends. I love the scene where they go on a trip together and take some mushrooms. It hillarious.
To be honest with you if you like the movie 40-year old virgin then I think you will also love this film, not least because alot of the actors in it were in that too. I for one, watched for this reason as wanted to see if it was as good as that was. I have to say it is very good and reminded me of a mix between 40-year old virgin and superbad and it definately pushes the boundaries of what is acceptable and what's not.
The movie is bascially a simple story about a couple whoe meet at a club and are completely opposite. The both have far too much to drink and end up having a one night stand that ends in her being pregnant. He is layabout who smokes drugs and pretty much is just a loser. Whereas, she is up and coming news reporter with a great career and going places - until now!
The movie is clever as it shows their relationship as it develops from not being about stand on another once they sober up to actually getting along. However, rather than just focus on these two it goes further by looking at her sister's relationship with her husband and how even though they have been married for years with two children they still go through difficulties too.
As well as being a very funny movie, it also does look at couple's relationships and what makes them tick. It is quite real and shows two people who made mistake on one crazy night out and now have face the consequences that will be with them for the rest of their lives. They learn to cope with the situation as best they can.
Some of the humour I thought was quite crude like in Superbad but some people may find offensive but not if you liked the aforementioned movie. The movie kept along at a steady pace and for me wasn't boring at all really. The plot was always realistic and you felt that this is something that does happen a bit. This is well worth watching as is very funny with the deeper meaning too.
Knocked up is the 2007 romantic comedy starring Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, and Leslie Mann and co produced and directed by Leslie Mann and written by Judd Apatow (40 Year Old Virgin).
Two very unlikely characters Ben Stone (Seth Rogen) a lazy immature unemployed bum and Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) is a career-minded woman who has just been given a career boost bizarrely meet and connect on a drunken level in a night club. The chance meeting ends in a one night stand that eventually results in Alison finding out she is pregnant. The unlikely couple make a valid effort to make a go of some sort of relationship which makes for some hilarious moments.
This was actually quite good and I enjoyed it. The story line is predictable and it's a bit of a no brain-er but most romantic comedies go that way. What makes this entertaining is the unlikelihood of these two characters getting together in the real world. Seth Rogen does a great job of showing his talents in making this character the one that your mother wouldn't want you to end up with. Katherine Heigl also does an excellent job of making you fall in love with her character and makes you sympathise with her predicament and her struggles through pregnancy.
There is such great chemistry between these two which make the unbelievable, believable. The support cast are also great, in particular the wacky friends Rogen surrounds himself with. The film takes you through the whole process of pregnancy like it was some sort of Idiots Guide and makes for loads of laugh out loud moments. This film is not for those easily offended as it contain a lot of swearing so is one for adults and older children.
So, there's Ben Stone (Seth Rogen), a lazy carefree, weed-taking man who lives with his friends (Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Jason Segel and Martin Starr), and they're currently trying to set up a website that tells people what films celebrities get naked in, and how far into it.
One day they go to the club and Ben meets Allison Scott (Katherine Heigl), an up-and-coming reporter on E!. They hook up after a one night stand, and a few months later, Allison discovers she's pregnant. She gets into contact with Ben again to discuss their options. What follows are surely hilarious hijinks, because if anyone's going to play anyone who's not ready to have kids or anything like that, it's Seth Rogen.
The plot evolves from that a bit - it goes into Ben meeting Allison's sister and her husband (Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd), and their friendship - and then the reverse of Allison meeting Ben's friends and being a bit less impressed by them. The overall story here though is quite romantic comedy, but sort of shown in a very different light to what we normally get. There's the Ben-and-Allison relationship, and it went in a way I didn't think it would. The film shows them try to be a couple, which I thought they wouldn't go for: after all I didn't see Ben as Allison's type at all. It made sense to me that she'd want nothing to do with him.
But they work it into the story very well, showing that really sweet side to Seth Rogen that we get when he's the main character. He interacts well with Debbie and Peter's kids and Alisson then sees there's more to him than just this fat, porn-watching stoner.
The supporting cast is really good, with I think emphasis on Paul Rudd's character Peter who, aside from being hilarious and in perfect acting form, is given quite a lot more screen time than I thought and becomes quite a pivotal character in the film, sort of becoming the person Ben talks to about relationships.
But taking all that mushy stuff aside, Knocked Up is another entry in Judd Apatow's comedy films, all ever gaining in popularity. The comedy is spot-on and just what you would expect and although it is exactly what a Judd Apatow film is about, it all feels just a bit more toned down from his other films like 40 year old Virgin and Zack and Miri, because of the whole pregnancy and baby-themes. I think that works really well though, and it results in a more well-rounded film to the others.
Ben Stone: Seth Rogen
Alison Scott: Katherine Heigl
'Knocked Up' centres around two totally different characters; career-girl Alison, and a lazy idiot Ben. One drunken night, they both end up sleeping together, and after many pregnancy tests later, Alison finds out she's pregnant! What will happen? Will Alison keep the baby and risk her job? Will Ben help Alison, or will he just be the lazy guy she met back then?
Looking at the DVD cover, I figured I would buy it simply because I'd heard good things about it. It's not something I would usually go for; 1) because I don't necessarily like Seth Rogen, and 2) because it seems like a typical rom-com which isn't really funny. However, I was surprised when I watched it because I actually watched the whole film; something I wouldn't do if I didn't enjoy it partially.
Seth Rogen is still someone who I don't really like to watch in films, but he did play his part well; I think he made his character very unlikeable, which is integral to the plot, but in one way, I wish he was just a tad more likeable. Katherine Heigl played Alison wonderfully; I have never seen her in any other films, but she really reacted well to everything that happened during the film. You could really start to believe that she was stuck with a deadbeat man fathering her child!
The storyline itself was okay; nothing special. There were funny parts sometimes, but for me there was way too much swearing, something that I felt wasn't necessary to the whole aspect of it. After a while of watching it, the comedy dropped drastically, and it just turned out to be boring little lines to each other. I found myself becoming bored, but I did want to watch until the end. The ending (when it finally came) was not worth watching; too predictable for my liking. The film is on for too long, and although I did enjoy the film, I would not want to watch it again.
I wouldn't recommend this to people, but if you want to see it, then it's a bargain at only £2.95 from Amazon.
note: also appears in part on The Student Room and Flixster
Knocked Up is very much the film that made director Judd Apatow a household name, and the film was met with huge acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Ben Stone (Seth Rogen) is a slacker and bum who, on a drunken night out, hooks up with TV personality Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl), and has unprotected sex with her. Soon enough, they find out she's pregnant, opening up a huge can of worms that threatens Ben's life as a career bum, and hers as a committed media type.
Thus, the two decide to make a go of it for the sake of the unborn baby, despite having very little in common and not even liking each other that much. What could have so easily descended into something predictable and disingenous is kept afloat because it never gets away from the idea that it's incredibly unlikely that this couple will succeed. Not to mention, it relentlessly throws laughs at you, thanks to a great supporting cast including Harold Ramis (Egon Spengler himself from Ghostbusters), and the brilliant Paul Rudd.
What also helps is the sheer intelligence of the screenplay - it deals with a challenging issue that has rarely had such a mature and insightful approach. Judd Apatow clearly knows a lot about life, because his films frequently tell life lessons that are not in the least condescending, nor hammy or preachy in any way. This is incredibly human stuff, with a dash of unassailably crude, BUT clever humour.
A hilarious, intelligent, and sweet as sugar comedy that has a serious and poignant edge to it. Everyone involved puts their heart and soul into this. It dips a tad at one point where the humour goes out the window, but by and large the balance is spot on.
In a year that otherwise struggled to deliver where comedies were concerned, Knocked Up proved to be a very welcome treasure trove of laughs. Its from Judd Apatow, the man behind The 40 Year Old Virgin and the excellent TV show Freaks and Geeks, and sits easily as an equal to both. Its also a long-awaited showcase for the talents of Seth Rogen, who proves with some conviction that he can headline a movie. The premise of Knocked Up is simple. Seth Rogen and Kathryn Heigl share, for differing reasons, a one-night stand, and several weeks later, the latter discovers shes pregnant. Given that Rogens character has been jobless for years, and that Heigl is trying to build a TV career, the two dont prove to be a logical match, yet as the pregnancy progresses, they try valiantly to get to know one another. The narrative itself is quite straightforward, but its the execution and characters that lift it significantly. Apatow knows how to direct comedy, and with a script peppered with plenty of guffaw-out-loud moments and situations, he wrings very hearty laughs from the material. Plus, while its Rogen and Heigl who power the film, the supporting cast is simply superb, particularly the collection of people that Rogens character surrounds himself with. Its perhaps guilty of running ten minutes too long, and theres little to surprise in the story itself, yet Knocked Up is nonetheless a terrific, earthy and grounded comedy, with so much to enjoy. Its hard to single out individual moments, and instead it simply seems more appropriate to declare Knocked Up as one of the best, and most rewatchable, comedies of the last few years. Dont miss it.--Simon Brew