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Knocked Up (2007)

Knocked Up (2007)


Kathrine Heigl
Seth Rogen
Paul Rudd
Leslie Mann

Directed by Judd Apatow

Judd Apatow is a great filmmaker, but this is not one of his best.

Here is a movie filled with a lot of sexual references, slackers and bunch of weird nerds, with one of them seemingly getting romantic involved with a supposedly normal person after a one night stand. Wow, a one night stand turns out to be the one thing needed to make a happy couple. How come this movie has a certified fresh rating on rotten tomatoes, with audience a like loving it just as much is beyond me.

The movie has too many people doing absolutely nothing to the bottom line of the movie other than further solidifying an idea that the movie had sold already about the leads. Talk about predictability, this movie is one of the easiest thing to get bored watching. The movie plays all the familiar Hollywood romcom tunes and pretends to give a happy ever after ending, that is so unrealistic even by Hollywood standard.

The movie plot is about a supposed slacker named Ben (Seth Rogen) who meets a career woman named Alison (Kathrine Heigl). They met at a club and their one night stand resulted in Alison getting pregnant. The reason none used protection is because both had a little alcohol in their system and had a miscommunication.
Well Alison informs Ben of her situation and he says he will be there for her through it. Alison gets different advises one of which presents abortion as a solution, but she decided to keep the baby.

The movie now takes us through the ropes of how both were going to manage the situation.
The movie has a second subplot running on the side, which involves Alison’s sister Debbie (Leslie Mann) and Debbie’s Husband Pete (Paul Rudd). We get to see how they manage to keep their marriage and sanity.

I did not feel the chemistry between the main cast Heigl and Rogen, I felt the chemistry between Rudd and Mann, was much better. Even their story of marriage and challenges to me was more interesting than the main plot itself.

The movie has some crude sexual humor and many may find the way it treated the pregnancy matter not sensitive enough, but I just feel all of that was a ploy to make people go watch and talk about it. The movie was both a critical and commercial success which led to a spin off, starring Rudd and Mann in 2012 called This is 40.

Well, if you are in the mood for some good Rom-Coms I feel there are better options than this one here which Judd Apatow wrote, directed and co-produced.


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