Distributed By: Universal Pictures
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
When I first saw the previews of Knocked Up, I had thought the movie was going to be very funny. The premise was old, but the jokes were priceless and I love Katherine Heigl. I love her acting and thought she would have no problem carrying off a comedic role, especially since many of her scenes on Grey’s Anatomy are comedic. I had heard terrific things about the movie from friends, but for some reason, I never got around to seeing it in the theaters. I decided to start the Memorial Weekend right by renting a comedy – Knocked Up.
The movie stars Katherine Heigl as Alison Scott, an up and coming figure in the entertainment news scene. Having just received a promotion at E!, Alison decides to celebrate with her sister Debbie (Leslie Mann) at a local club. It’s there that she meets Ben Stone (Seth Rogen), an amicable fellow with a laid back attitude and very little in the successful businessman department. A night of over-indulgence leads to a morning of regrets as Alison wakes up to discover that she has slept with Ben. Now sober, Alison wonders what attracted her to Ben, while Ben wonders how he ever got so lucky. They go their separate ways.
Until a couple of weeks later, when Alison realizes that she is pregnant and there can be no other father but Ben Stone. Alison decides to keep the baby. They are both terrified, but willing to try and work things out. However, as they attempt to have a relationship for the sake of the upcoming birth, Alison and Ben begin to realize how different they really are. Coupled with the problems they witness occurring in Alison’s sister’s marriage to Pete (Paul Rudd), the two find having a relationship to be one daunting prospect. Can Alison and Ben learn the art of compromise for the sake of the baby, or will Alison play the single mother role with Ben as the visiting father?
Knocked Up is an incredibly funny comedy. As expected, Katherine Heigl was great as the expectant mother. I loved scenes in which the hormones took over and Heigl became evil Alison, yelling at everyone and freaking out all over the place. I never pictured Seth Rogen to be a great lead actor, but I have to admit, I liked him from minute one as Ben Stone. Slobbish as he was, he still was able to endear the character to the viewer…and make the viewer laugh his/her head off at his antics. The dialogue between Alison and Ben was great. Whether they were just trying to have a discussion, having relations, or arguing, you always found yourself laughing out loud at the dialogue thanks to the perfect, believable delivery.
Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd made the perfect imperfect couple. And their adorable kids – they turned out to be Director Judd Apetow’s own children. Also appearing in this film are Jonah Hill (of Superbad fame), Jay Baruchel, Jason Segal, and Martin Starr as Ben’s bizarre friends. Bill Hader (also in Superbad), Alan Tudyk (Firefly) and Kristen Wiig make an appearances as Alison’s coworkers. Joanna Kerns and Harold Ramos have funny turns as Alison’s mom and Ben’s dad. Even Ryan Seacrest pokes fun at himself and the industry with a special appearance.
There are three DVD versions of Knocked Up. There is an Unrated version, a Rated version and an Unrated and Unprotected version. The Unrated and Rated version both contain deleted scenes, a gag real (which I really recommend watching), Line-O-Rama, commentaries and a documentary. The Unrated version also contains a racier topless web design scene and more deleted scenes. The Unrated and Unprotected version is a special two-disc edition with all of the extras found on the Unrated and Rated versions, plus video diaries, a feature that takes you through a mock casting experience to find the actor who will portray Ben Stone, behind the scenes footage, Katherine Heigl’s audition and more. I saw the Rated version, but for those of you extras junkies, it’s comforting to know that there are choices out there.
Knocked Up has everything that a terrific comedy should have – great actors, great directing and a terrific script. There is no wonder as to why this movie won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Comedy Movie. If you’re in the mood for a funny movie this weekend, take my advice and rent Knocked Up. You won’t be disappointed!