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Knocked Up (2007)

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.

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Judd Apatow

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Seth Rogen ... Ben Stone
Katherine Heigl ... Alison Scott
Paul Rudd ... Pete
Leslie Mann ... Debbie
Jason Segel ... Jason
Jay Baruchel ... Jay
Jonah Hill ... Jonah
Martin Starr ... Martin
Charlyne Yi ... Jodi
Iris Apatow ... Charlotte
Maude Apatow ... Sadie
Joanna Kerns ... Alison's Mom
Harold Ramis ... Ben's Dad
Alan Tudyk ... Jack
Kristen Wiig ... Jill
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Storyline

When Alison Scott is promoted in E! Television, she goes to a night-club to celebrate with her older married sister Debbie. Alison meets the pothead reckless Ben Stone and while having a small talk with Ben, Debbie's husband Pete calls her to tell that their daughter has chicken pox. Debbie leaves the place but Allison stays with Ben, drinking and dancing along all night; completely wasted, they end up having a one night stand. Ben does not use a condom and eight weeks later, Allison discovers that she is pregnant. She calls Ben and they decide to try to stay together and have the baby. However, Ben needs to grow up first to raise a family of his own. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for sexual content, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 2007 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,690,990, 3 June 2007

Gross USA:

$148,768,917

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$219,076,518
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Trivia

According to the DVD commentary, Jay Baruchel is terrified of roller coasters. He told Judd Apatow that he would be the naked guy in the earthquake scene if he didn't have to ride the roller coaster. 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 roller coaster scene is real. See more »

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When Ben proposes to Alison, her hair moves from over her right ear to tucked behind her right ear and back in different shots. See more »

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Danger (Been So Long)
Written by Pharrell Williams (as Pharrell L. Williams), Chad Hugo, Mystikal (as Michael Tyler)
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Courtesy of Jive Records
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20 August 2007 | by snow0rSee all my reviews

Knocked Up is a comedy about pregnancy, love, and marriage, that has far more intelligence and emotional depth to it than somewhat its flippant title would suggest. Ben (Rogen) is a layabout bum who lives with his stoner friends, "working" on a celebrity porn movie website. Alison (Heigl) has just been promoted at E!, and when she heads out to celebrate, their worlds collide with disastrous and of course hilarious consequences.

The comedy is clever and insightful, loaded with little self-referential moments and pop culture references (the Munich one is particularly awesome), and while it occasionally veers toward the puerile, the movie's subject matter ensures that the humour remains considered and intelligent for the most part. The performances are outstanding, but not just in terms of comic timing. Rogen appears built for this sort of balanced role as he realises that he has to grow up to meet the challenges of relationships and parenthood, and Heigl is just as effective as she learns to accommodate Ben's lifestyle and releases her grip on her career. The support from Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann is also brilliant. While their conflict-ridden marriage doesn't make them the greatest of role models for Ben and Alison, it certainly provides lots of laughs, and the clashes between Mann's overly paranoid Debbie and Rudd's laid-back Pete provide an interesting projection of how Ben & Alison's relationship could turn out.

The Rudd & Rogen moments make for some of the movie's better lines, but their humour is finely balanced with that emotional depth that I mentioned before, making the characters far more than punchline machines, which benefits the movie immeasurably. The awkward intimacy of Ben & Alison's almost-forced relationship also provides touching and comic moments, as Apatow examines what happens "when life doesn't care about your plan". Even the serious, emotional scenes are laced with a sort of ironic, bittersweet humour, which again gives the characters a sense of realism but also makes the movie that bit more comfortable and reassuring.

A subject that could have been treated with a crass touch, Apatow remains in tune with his previous effort, The 40 Year Old Virgin, and chooses to focus on the impact the pregnancy has on the lives of the characters, allowing their actions and interactions to create the comedy as they come to terms with their new situation. His light touch makes Knocked Up touching, insightful, and very, very, funny.


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