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Knocked Up (2007)

September 25, 2007

Judd Apatow has done it againhe’s made a film that is both hilarious and brutally honest, like his previous the 40 Year-Old Virgin. In this case a seemingly simple one-night stand between stoner/regular guy Ben (Seth Rogen) and entertainment reporter Alison (Katherine Heigl) gets very complicated when they find out that they are pregnant. After seeing the beating heart of the child growing inside of her, Alison decides to keep the child and hopes that Ben will help out—and that maybe they can “make love” the long drawn-out emotional way.

The road is bumpy and they have Alison’s married sister Debbie (Leslie Mann) and husband Pete (Paul Rudd) to highlight the highs and lows of being a family. While this is a comedy with many laughs, it is not without its serious and honest conversations. The characters come across as real people, able to laugh at the human condition while avoiding seeing all of life as absurd.

Ultimately, this film is about people being forced to learn what it means to grow up. Ben and Alison have tried to see their lives as without much consequence, which means little responsibilityand they grew to like it that way. The thoughtless choices that they have made now confront them with responsibility and a lifenot just their owndepends on it. The characters contemplate their options and realize that changing isn’t always bad. In fact, it might allow them to be who they really are.

This film is rated R mostly for some graphic scenes of a birth and harsh language, and it should have this rating. I have a hunch that an audience under 18 (although not everyone) might miss the complexity of the story and the messiness of relationships depicted. And despite the fact that we don’t think of people growing up in our culture, Apatow makes a case that there is indeed a time to take up one’s full responsibility in the worldfor yourself and for others.

Greg P. Veltman


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