Knocked Up (2007) Poster



Jodi (Charlyne Yi) is supposed to be stoned in every scene she's in. However, in 2009, Yi told Tonight Show host Conan O'Brien that she had never gotten high before, or after playing the role, and in fact didn't even know that the character was supposed to be a stoner at the start of her audition.
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The actors who play Ben's friends all keep their real first names for their character's names.
Ken Jeong, who is a doctor in real-life, makes his film debut, playing a doctor.
This movie was originally going to be a follow up to The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), having Seth Rogen and company reprise their roles as the Smart Tech team.
Jonah suffers from nosocomephobia, fear of hospitals.
This is Seth Rogen's first leading role.
The kids who play the children of Debbie (Leslie Mann) and Pete (Paul Rudd) are the real-life children of Mann and her husband, Director Judd Apatow.
Virtually all of the conversations spoken by Judd Apatow's daughters were improvised, as it made the family dynamic seem more realistic.
According to the DVD commentary, Jay Baruchel made a deal with Judd Apatow that he would be the naked guy in the earthquake scene, if he didn't have to ride the rollercoaster, because he is terrified of them. Apatow broke this deal by making Baruchel ride, so the part of the naked guy went to Jason Segel. Baruchel's frightened reaction in the rollercoaster scene is real.
Judd Apatow has stated on the DVD commentary numerous times, that the film is partially based on the birth of his and Leslie Mann's first daughter, Maude. Scenes taken directly from reality include: - Ben trying to get their doctor on the phone, and cussing out numerous doctors when he can't. - The cantankerous staff physician whom Ben has to take out into the hallway to calm down. - The argument on the way to the clinic, where Allison throws Ben out of the car, and then they argue at the clinic when he gets there. And the scene where Allison tries to take a bath to calm herself, just before going to the hospital.
The word "fuck," and its derivatives, is said a total of one hundred and twenty times throughout the movie.
"Knocked up" doesn't mean anything in most languages. The film's translated Russia title is "A Little Bit Pregnant." In Brazil it's "Slightly Pregnant." In Italy it's "Very Pregnant" ('Molto Incinta').
Bill Hader was originally meant to play one of Ben's group of friends, but it was determined that he "looked too old", so he was re-cast.
Anne Hathaway was originally cast as Alison Scott, but left due to creative differences. In an interview, she revealed that she objected to Judd Apatow's plan to use footage of a real birth. Juliette Lewis, Drew Barrymore, Rachael Leigh Cook, Cameron Diaz, Claire Danes, Tiffani Thiessen, Josie Davis, Uma Thurman, and Renée Zellweger all dropped out, or were booted out. Christina Aguilera turned it down in order to focus on her music career. Brooke Shields, Jennifer Connelly, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Sarah Jessica Parker were deemed too old.
The maple leaf tattoo on Jay Baruchel's chest is real. He had it done when filming in Los Angeles on a previous project, where he was feeling very homesick for his native Montreal, Quebec.
Judd Apatow was originally planning on using real footage of a woman giving birth for the delivery scene. However, at the last minute, he was unable to because he needed a worker's permit for the yet-to-be-born child.
Paul Rudd contributed much to the discussions and arguments between Pete and Debbie in the film, based on real-life interactions with his wife. The character was loosely autobiographical for Judd Apatow to begin with.
Much of the dialogue was improvised by the actors or fed to them in the moment by Judd Apatow just before a take.
In one scene, Ben (Seth Rogen) mentions that he likes Munich (2005) because "Jews kick ass." This was improvised by Rogen. However, the final film uses only one-third of the complete improvisation (not included in the DVD special features). After the film was released, Steven Spielberg phoned Judd Apatow to compliment the movie, and Apatow sent him the complete uncut improvisation of the scene. Rogen would later co-star with Munich's Eric Bana in Apatow's Funny People (2009).
Leslie Mann was on-set for the birthing scenes, acting as pain advisor, having given birth twice before.
Ken Jeong, who plays Dr. Kuni, is an actual M.D. He developed his comedy routine while completing his residency in internal medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The scene where Ben (Seth Rogen) dances with Allison takes place at a Club in Los Angeles called Plan B. Coincidentally (given this movie's unwanted pregnancy plot), "Plan B" is a brand name for the progestin-only emergency contraception Levonorgestrel.
The crew members in the studio scenes at E! are actual members of the E! News (1991) crew. However, the editing bay where Alison edits her pieces with Brent, isn't an editing bay. It is the studio control room for E! News and the Daily 10.
Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, and Martin Starr previously appeared in Freaks and Geeks (1999).
Jay Baruchel is terrified of roller coasters. In the opening sequence, where they are at the amusement park, he was forced to go on it by Judd Apatow. He only agreed to ride it once, whereas the rest of the cast rode the coaster seven more times, to get all the right takes.
Filmmakers brought champagne on-set when Judd Apatow shot a million feet of film, a substantially higher figure than most feature films.
Charlyne Yi originally had just one line in the script, but Judd Apatow loved her improvisations so much, that he just let her riff and generate her own lines.
Mila Kunis auditioned for the role of Allison. She did not get the role, but Judd Apatow remembered her and cast her in Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008), which he produced.
Kristen Wiig's part was originally written for a man until Judd Apatow thought it would be funnier to turn the part into a woman who hates other women.
The montage scenes where we see Seth Rogen and his friends ride a rollercoaster proved difficult. Multiple takes meant that Rogen vomited frequently, while Jay Baruchel has a pathological fear of roller coasters and took a lot of persuasion to go on one in the first place.
The film that Alison and Ben are watching with opening credits "boobs and bush" is Carrie (1976).
Although the role of Ben Stone was always meant for Seth Rogen, Judd Apatow created a mockumentary for the DVD titled "Finding Ben Stone". The fake documentary chronicles the fictional hard time that Apatow had in finding the right male lead for his film. Among those featured in Finding Ben Stone are Michael Cera, James Franco, and even Orlando Bloom. Although the documentary is clearly satirical, many have taken it to be true.
Paul Rudd really does play Fantasy Baseball, like his character in the film.
Katherine Heigl had to perform her sex scene with Seth Rogen two days after getting engaged.
The release name for this film in Portugal translates into "Bloody Bad Luck".
David Krumholtz, who reportedly is a very good friend of Seth Rogen, was supposed to play a character named "Gummy", but backed out, because he was offered the lead role in a Woody Allen film. However, the Allen film fell through, and he didn't get the part for "Gummy" back. There's an interview with him and Judd Apatow on the DVD Special Features talking about this.
Katherine Heigl has said in several interviews in 2008 and 2009 that she considered the movie to be sexist, because it depicts women as "shrews", and men as "lovable", and commented that she found the movie "hard to love". Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow were unpleasantly surprised to hear it, as they remembered working quite well with her, and quickly responded by saying that Heigl's The Ugly Truth (2009) didn't make women look any better. In 2016, Heigl apologized to Rogen and Apatow, saying that her earlier statements reflected the criticism of many women who found the movie sexist, and calling her own comments "immature". Rogen commented on this that despite being displeased by the remarks, he never held any hard feelings towards her.
As a special feature on the DVD, there is a fake scene were Michael Cera gets fired from the film, due to arguments with Judd Apatow. There is also a fake documentary where the studio is apparently unhappy with Apatow's direction, causing them to appoint Bennett Miller as co-director, much to Apatow's annoyance.
The early scene in which Allison is driving Sadie and Charlotte to school, Charlotte says she wants to listen to Green Day. In the sequel This Is 40 (2012), Billie Joe Armstrong, frontman of Green Day, makes a cameo appearance.
They name their child Stephanie, as seen in the clip that rolls with credits.
Kim Basinger, Debra Winger, and Frances Fisher were each offered the role of Alison's mom, but all three turned down the part.
Jennifer Love Hewitt and Kate Bosworth auditioned for the female lead.
Jodie Foster was considered to play Debbie, but was later discarded.
Release prints were delivered to theaters with the fake title "Boneyard".
The website, on which Ben and his friends are working, "flesh of the stars," is discovered to have a competitor, MrSkin.com, which is a real-life website.
Ben Stone, the name of Seth Rogen's character, is also the name of Michael J. Fox's character from Doc Hollywood (1991). In this movie, Ben and Pete discuss the Back to the Future franchise, in which Fox starred. Ben Stone is also the name of Michael Moriarty's character from the long-running television show Law & Order (1990).
In the scene where Allison and Debbie go to a bar, for the second time, when Allison is pregnant, and they both are denied entry by the doorman, the security guy is Craig Robinson, said to be a good friend of Seth Rogen. They have appeared together in This Is the End (2013), along with several of Ben's friends, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, and Jason Segel.
This is the second Judd Apatow directed film in which Paul Rudd mentions the television show Everybody Loves Raymond (1996), the other being The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005).
In the scene where Allison and Debbie are trying to contact Ben after she finds out she's pregnant, they are in Pete's office. Since Pete is in the music industry, he has pictures of him with various celebrities, and right behind Debbie is a picture of Pete with Elvis Costello. This is actually a shot from the movie 200 Cigarettes (1999), in which are both Paul Rudd (Pete) and Elvis Costello. Costello makes a surprise appearance at the party towards the end of this movie.
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Some of the extras can be seen laughing during the scene where Debbie (Leslie Mann) insults the club bouncer.
Spider-Man 3 (2007) is mentioned three times in this film. James Franco makes a cameo appearance as himself.


Steve Carell, Andy Dick, Jessica Simpson, Eva Mendes, Ryan Seacrest, James Franco, Jessica Alba: As themselves in the phony news broadcasts seen throughout the movie.


The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

In the ending scene, when Ben tells Alison that he got them an apartment in East Los Angeles, they joke about wearing gang colors of the Bloods, Crips, and The Latin Kings. They would be extremely unlikely to run into any of the three gangs in East Los Angeles, since the Bloods and Crips are not well known to be active in that part of town, since it is predominately Hispanic geographically, while the Latin Kings are more known to occupy other major cities, such as New York City and Chicago, and do not have a known presence in East Los Angeles. But, that point is rendered moot, since Ben was making a wisecrack, and not a serious comment.
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