Rolling Stone - 06/01/2007
"Hot, hip and hilarious in ways you have to see to believe, KNOCKED UP is the comedy of the summer and maybe the year."
Entertainment Weekly - 06/08/2007
"KNOCKED UP may be the sharpest, most up-to-date commentary on current pop culture not involving Jon Stewart or Comedy Central....A blast of fresh air." -- Grade: A
Rolling Stone - 06/14/2007 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Heigl, the GREY'S ANATOMY stunner, is an exciting new star with real acting chops and a no-bull quality that ups her potential. And Rogen is dynamite..."
Uncut - 09/01/2007 4 stars out of 5 -- "KNOCKED UP introduces a new comedy hero in the portly shape of 25-year-old Canadian Seth Rogen....We may even be looking at the next Bill Murray. A new star is born."
Total Film - 09/01/2007 4 stars out of 5 -- "The mix of emotionally rich humour and sheer bawdy pleasures make KNOCKED UP one of the finest Hollywood comedies for years."
Empire - 09/01/2007 4 stars out of 5 -- "It's loose-limbed and unpredictable; there's something leftfield in its DNA, like a slacker version of Woody Allen without the neurotic noodling."
USA Today - 09/28/2007 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Raunchy but still a family values comedy....The year's best comedy to date..."
Rolling Stone - 12/27/2007 Ranked #10 in Rolling Stone's "10 Best Movies Of 2007".
Wall Street Journal - 04/10/2009
“By turns sweet and crass, KNOCKED UP winningly charts the courtship of the ultimate odd couple.”
Katherine Heigl (GREY'S ANATOMY) and Seth Rogen star in this hilarious and touching comedy as two mismatched people brought together by a one-night-stand that results in an accidental pregnancy. Using many of the same actors from his previous film, THE 40-YEAR OLD VIRGIN, and his cult television series' UNDECLARED and FREAKS AND GEEKS, director Judd Apatow once again finds fresh humor in relationships and sex. Young, bright, and talented, Alison (Heigl) has everything going for her. After being promoted to an on-camera role at E! Television, Alison goes out to celebrate with her older sister, Debbie (Leslie Mann). Not long into the evening Debbie is called home to her kids, leaving Alison in the eager company of charming slacker Ben (Rogen). In the dark of the nightclub and in the ensuing drunk hours, Ben seems like a great guy. But in the sober light of day, Alison quickly discovers the man in her bed is nothing more than an overgrown child with no job, no money, and the social habits of a teenager. Brushing him off politely as a one-time affair, Alison goes on with her life, until two months later she realizes that the unthinkable has happened.
Apatow establishes the differences between his protagonists early in the film, bringing their contrasting worlds to life with stellar performances by secondary characters. Paul Rudd has never been better in his role as Alison's bitter brother-in-law, whose somewhat dysfunctional marriage to Alison's feisty but insecure sister unfolds in parallel to Alison and Ben's story. Meanwhile, Ben's home resembles a frat house, and his friends (Jay Baruchel, Jason Segel, Jonah Hill, and Martin Starr), while hilarious, are hardly role models. KNOCKED UP will have audiences cracking up from start to finish, and it also deals with some serious issues about commitment, life choices, and becoming an adult. The film asks universal questions in a sweet and touching way, achieving a sad humor that distinguishes it from other films of its genre.
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