Knocked Up (2007) – Encore Review

“Life doesn’t care about your vision. You just gotta roll with it.” – Ben’s Dad

Number of Times Seen – At least 4 times (21 Jun 2007, 2009, 2 Apr 2014 and 4 Nov 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A twenty-something year old party guy has his life turned upside down when a one night stand ends up pregnant.

My Take on it – This is such a great movie because of the way that despite the two main characters being so very different, the script helps make things feel even more believable.

Seth Rogan and Katherine Heigl are perfectly mismatched here and that helps make things work even better.

The story by Judd Apatow has a great balance between humor and drama and keeps things so interesting and enjoyable from start to finish.

The usual crew of Apatow actors also appear here in supporting roles and add a really fun atmosphere to the way that the story plays out.

The jokes get a bot crude along the way, yet it still feel down to Earth the whole way through due to the way that these characters act.

Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann stand out as Heigl’s sister and Brother-in-law and show a whole new dynamic of what could be considered a successful family.

Their characters were so beloved that Apatow made a pseudo sequel 5 years later just about them – This is 40 (2012).

The film definitely gives a great view of how a first time (or umpteenth) parent might react the whole process of pregnancy and childbirth and despite being known as mostly a comedic writer and director, Apatow manages to get so much right here that makes the story more relevant and profound in all that it does.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – 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. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (no change from original review)


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