Knocked Up (2007) - Review

by - May 28, 2019

Synopsis: For fun-loving party animal Ben Stone, the last thing he ever expected was for his one-night stand to show up on his doorstep eight weeks later to tell him she's pregnant with his child.

A Comedy About a One Night Stand that Became Something More.

Career driven journalist Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) hits a snag when she finds herself pregnant from a one night stand with an unemployed slacker named Ben (Seth Rogen). When she decides to keep the baby, the odd couple decide to try and give a real relationship a try. But their differences have them wondering if they're simply too incompatible to raise a child together.

Written and directed by Judd Apatow (married to Leslie Mann, who plays Alison's sister, Debbie), Knocked Up is infused with so many lines and moments where any married couple will look at each other and say "Yup." But it also does an amazingly sweet job of building this awkward, opposites attract romance to something relatable and believable. I love that Apatow does not shy away from the messier bits of love. He shows us the difficulties all couples face, not only with Ben and Alison's newer, tentative romance but also with Debbie and Pete's (Paul Rudd) marriage, one that feels monotonous and tense. People always say when you get married, you're marrying your best friend, but Debbie and Pete still have plenty of secrets from one another, like they're too afraid to be themselves for fear of ridicule. It's almost uncomfortably funny.

Ben may be scruffy and irresponsible, but he's funny and sweet enough that I could absolutely see why Alison would take him home (though sure, alcohol plays a part in it too). Rogen is so ridiculously charming in this movie, and he and Heigl play very well off each other. I've never been a huge fan of Heigl, but I really do adore her as Alison. She's ambitious and forthright, and yes she may have some issues with Rogen's stoner lifestyle, but what responsible, scared mother to be wouldn't? Alison makes Ben want to do something with himself, to be a better person and a good father. Ben helps Alison to learn to let go of things she cannot control. Their chemistry is on point, and it needs to be for this movie to work. Honestly, Rogen is vulnerable and appealing enough that Alison's attraction to him (as much as it seemed to confuse her) isn't all that questionable to me. In fact, if you've seen Knocked Up, then you should be confused by anyone who found it difficult to believe that Seth Rogen could land Charlize Theron.

Knocked Up has an amazing supporting cast as well. Beyond brief, but hilarious cameos by Kristen Wiig and Alan Tudyk, we also get Ben's group of friends played by Jonah Hill, Jason Segel, Martin Starr, Jay Baruchel, and Charlyne Yi. Joanna Kerns and Harold Ramis (RIP!) play Alison and Ben's mother and father respectively. That's not to mention the revolving door of doctors that Ben and Alison are "auditioning" to help deliver their baby, including B.J. Novak and Ken Jeong (in his feature film debut). The movie is sweet, but also hilarious and rude. An honest take on commitment and parenthood delivered in a way that will make you laugh and then sigh in agreement.

To sum up the film, I present to you one of the funniest lines in the movie delivered by Alison's brother in law, Pete: "Marriage is like an unfunny, tense version of Everybody Loves Raymond, but it doesn't last 22 minutes. It lasts forever."

Starring: Seth Rogan, Katherine Heigl, Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill
Directed by: Judd Apatow
Rated: R
Watched: 05.23.2019
Fun Facts:
- Knocked Up was originally going to be a sequel to The 40 Year Old Virgin, with Seth Rogan reprising his role as Cal
- Debbie and Pete's children are the real life children of Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow
- Anne Hathaway was originally cast as Alison Scott but dropped out due to creative differences.
- Mila Kunis auditioned for the part of Alison, but lost the role to Heigl, but Apatow made sure she was in consideration for Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
Notable Song: She's A Lady by Tom Jones

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  1. Oh if you liked the subplot about Rudd and Mann there is "This is 40" spin off about them :) I love Knocked Up, it's so hilarious, I always lose it when she is yelling at him about not reading books about pregnancy and he goes on a sarcastic rant about how cavemen didnt have the books and managed just fine 😂

    1. I did like This is 40! I hope to rewatch and review that soon. I wish Ben and Alison had been in it (even briefly!). Ugh those damn pregnancy books! TBH I read quite a few but my husband never touched them. I think any questions he had he asked me, or used Google.

  2. Oh my God I haven't watched this movie in years, and not since I got married and had a kid myself so I'm bound to love it even more now!

    1. I have a better appreciation for it now that I'm married with kids than I was before the kids came along. I think the humor holds up really well.


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