Shana and I have been intending to see this film since it first came out. That was quite a while ago, and tonight we finally made it to the cheap theatre to see it.
To begin with, the movie is correctly tagged with an R rating: for (in no specific order) CRUDE language, boob shots, drug use and sexually charged content. The whole audience actually reacted to a vaginal shot in the birth scene near the end, the first time I’ve heard a collective “oooohhhhh” since the Passion of the Christ.
If you can get past that (and honestly it’s worth it if this stuff bugs you) the movie is really worth watching. It truthfully explores real issues like one-night stands, commitment, parenting, choosing not to abort, male bonding, marriage difficulties, and ultimately how the birth of a little one can really impact a person, a family, even a community.
The suddenly popular lovable loser Seth Rogan plays Ben Stone – a pot-smoking, porn-making Canadian, who would rather find the dirty scenes in movies than get a real job. He lives with four other guys who add good slapstick (mostly involving bongs) and deliver pretty hilarious, semi-realistic conversational set pieces.
Katherine Heigl is Alison Scott, a straight-laced girl who has just recieved a promotion at her job for E! entertainment. She lives with her sister who is married with two kids. The husband is hen-pecked, and is apparently cheating on her. Alison is everything Ben isn’t – pretty, commited, serious, successful, etc, etc. They meet at a bar where he’s out with buddies, and she’s celebrating her new promotion. We all know what happens. Fast forward eight weeks, and she’s pregnant and he’s going to support her.
The movie is pretty predictable in that it follows the basic chick-flick format. What I thought were the great scenes, were the ones that sort of fly under the radar. The relationship between the sister and her husband (Paul Rudd) is funny, sad, and redemptive. Alison’s sister Debbie (Leslie Mann) has a heart felt discussion with a bouncer at a bar that won’t let her in because she’s too old. Ben has a great heart to heart with his dad when he finds out he’s going to be a dad. Rudd and Rogen head to Vegas to blow off a little steam and a funny/touching/unexpected scene results from a bad mushroom trip and five different hotel room chairs. These scenes propel the story, buoy the characters and make it all seem kind of real.
This is a tough one for me to recommend. A lot of the people I know would find it tough to get past a lot of the content, but I think Knocked Up is just a different kind of feel good movie. Probably the best one I’ve seen in a while.