Knocked Up


When a one-night stand leaves Alison (Katherine Heigl) pregnant, she and Ben (Seth Rogen) agree to have the baby and get to know each other… but he’s not really ready to change his life. Another overlong, profanity-laden but warm and funny film from the guy who brought us The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005) – and this one has a very serious agenda. It shows the travails of a young marriage (between Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann) and the relationship between people about to become parents – it’s not easy. The filmmakers’ own experiences must have been the film’s foundation. Very nice performances by the leads. Funniest scene? The trip to Vegas.

2007-U.S. 129 min. Color. Produced by Judd Apatow, Shauna Robertson, Clayton Townsend. Written and directed by Judd Apatow. Cast: Seth Rogen (Ben Stone), Katherine Heigl (Alison Scott), Paul Rudd (Pete), Leslie Mann, Jason Segel, Harold Ramis… Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig. Cameos: Jessica Alba, Steve Carell, Ryan Seacrest, James Franco, Eva Mendes.

Trivia: Anne Hathaway was allegedly first cast as Alison. Followed by This Is 40 (2012). 

Last word: “I didn’t set out to make the movie too Jew-centric, to create a word for this conversation. But Seth is a Jewish guy and all his friends are Jewish, at least the ones I cast in the movie, so I thought it’d be funny that they talk about it, because it’s truthful to their experience.  I didn’t set out to make any kind of statement like ‘You can have five Jews in a movie.’ I think we saw that can be done in ‘The Chosen.’ But, if they were all some other religion, I would have had them talking about that. I didn’t want to shy away from it. I thought it was fun not to shy away from it. That these young Jewish guys are proud to be Jewish and they talk about ‘Munich’ and their Jewfro style hairstyles and that it’s all O.K. I think there is a classic clash in film comedy between Jewish guys and non-Jewish women trying to figure each other.” (Apatow, Collider)


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