When a one-night stand that should have stayed that way has unexpected consequences, the reluctant odd couple attempts to transform their tentative relationship into a lasting love in this conception comedy. Twenty-four-year-old entertainment journalist Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) is on the fast track to the big time, but an alcohol-fueled ...
When a one-night stand that should have stayed that way has unexpected consequences, the reluctant odd couple attempts to transform their tentative relationship into a lasting love in this conception comedy. Twenty-four-year-old entertainment journalist Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) is on the fast track to the big time, but an alcohol-fueled hookup with responsibility-shirking slacker Ben Stone (Seth Rogen) finds her professional priorities taking a back seat to having a baby. Now, as overgrown kid Ben attempts to assume the responsibilities of fatherhood, he makes the brave decision to stand by Alison. In order to make things work between the pair, however, there's going to have to be some compromise, and when Alison and Ben decide to take a shot at love, they quickly find that building a relationship from scratch isn't nearly as easy as making a baby. Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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A good look at dating and getting "knocked up" by a random person. It is funny in a true sort of way.
Mar 26, 2009
Good but a Bit Long
I watched this movie thinking it was like Superbad (2007) - it stars Jonah Hill, after all - but found it a little disappointing. It starts off quite well with this guy, Ben Stone, a Canadian, living with his 4 pot-smoking buddies. Ben gets lucky one night with Alison, a "Norse goddess", over too much alcohol. Alison then finds out she's pregnant and Ben, naturally, tries to do the right thing. There's some pretty good (but perhaps a little vulgar) humor which makes it worth watching.
Even so, at over 2 hours, it slowly morphs into a kind of drama about the virtues of marriage and kids. A sort of growing-up experience for a man-child. There isn't much character development as far as Ben's buddies go, though. It's essentially about him and Alison, and her sister Debbie and her husband, Pete (a good performance by Paul Rudd). Personally, if you're looking for humor, I'd recommend you go with Superbad, but take this one as a reasonably-close second. You won't remember Knocked Up for long, though. There's nothing that really stands out. Kind of like what Ben remembers of his night with Alison.