Knocked Up (2007)
Written and Directed by Judd Apatow
Starring: Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jason Segel
After a drunken fling, television host Alison Scott (Heigl) is pregnant. Her companion that night was Ben Stone (Rogen), an under achieving pothead. After reconnecting, Ben and Alison decide to work together through the pregnancy. Despite reservations from her sister (Mann), Alison feels like it could work. For Ben, the adjustment to his new future proves to be tougher as he tries to shed his slacker persona. As they struggle through their backwards relationship, the two learn about themselves and one another.
Judd Apatow (Funny People) can be a funny guy, and this movie combines his comedic writing with a nice job directing a good cast. The movie stars Seth Rogen (Pineapple Express) and Katherine Heigl (Life as We Know It), who make an odd but convincing pairing. The movie also features Paul Rudd (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), Leslie Mann (The Cable Guy), and Jason Segel (The Muppets). Together with a number of other recognizable faces, this is a fun movie to watch.
The story works on more than one level, which is something I didn’t expect from a film like this. Underneath the raunchy comedy and bathroom humor, the story does make some good points. I’m not suggesting that this movie has social importance embedded, but that the story does carry a certain charm.
The acting is also fun. Like the story, the cast seems chosen to balance out the wildly diverse elements of the story. Rogen and Heigl are funny together and have a chemistry that works for the story. Rudd, Mann, and Segel are all great additions with their own styles brought to the film. The rest do a great job with their roles as well.
Every so often, a movie comes out that has something heartwarming wrapped up in a raunchy comedic shell. This is one of those movies. If you’re into anything Seth Rogen has done, this should be right up your alley. I would also recommend this one to anyone who likes slacker comedies or films like Role Models. I give this one 3.9 out of 5 stars.