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With: Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Jason Segel, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Martin Starr, Charlyne Yi, Iris Apatow, Maude Apatow, Joanna Kerns, Harold Ramis, Alan Tudyk, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Ken Jeong, Craig Robinson, Tim Bagley, Loudon Wainwright III, Stephanie Mnookin, J.P. Manoux, Steven Brill, Ana Mercedes
Written by: Judd Apatow
Directed by: Judd Apatow
MPAA Rating: R for sexual content, drug use and language
Running Time: 129
Date: 03/12/2007

Knocked Up (2007)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Baby Shove

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

The movies are already packed with portraits of pathetic schlubs who -- through the guidance of benevolent, beautiful women -- learn to grow up and accept life's responsibilities. Judd Apatow's Knocked Up is no different, but it feels more honest, as if it were coming directly from one schlub's grateful, personal experience. Drunk and lucky, Ben Stone (Seth Rogen) takes home Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) for a night, and eight weeks later gets a call about his impending fatherhood. Apatow (The 40 Year-Old Virgin) uses his generous running time well, tugging his hapless protagonists through organically hilarious ordeals, from a potentially cheating brother-in-law to unread pregnancy books. He dampens any impending slapstick, however, with his brilliant, deceptively ragged dialogue; the situations live and breathe via his finely tuned talk.

DVD Details: I received a press copy of the two-disc "unrated & expanded" edition, though mistakenly, my copy didn't actually come with the movie, only the bonus disc. I wanted to check out the new cut of the film, but as of press time I haven't yet received a replacement. Nevertheless, while a lot of two-disc sets can seem skimpy, this one comes with a ton of extra material, including deleted scenes (there must have been a four-hour cut at some point), video diaries and other featurettes. Knocked Up

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