I had my reservations about seeing Knocked Up. A comedy about a hot chick drunkenly hooking up with a sloppy loser, getting pregnant and then trying to “make it work” sounded so tired and lame. The fact that it was written and directed by Judd Apatow, the guy who made The 40-Year-Old Virgin, made it mildly more attractive. The film follows the transformation of Alison (Katherine Heigl, Grey’s Anatomy) and the baby’s daddy, Ben (Seth Rogen), with their respective support systems. Alison has her sister (Leslie Mann) and her sister’s husband (Paul Rudd), who support her but also serve as an example of what married life can be like (not so glamorous). Ben lives with a bunch of single, 20-something dweebs whose idea of work is getting stoned and creating a Web site documenting the films—and how far along into those films—in which famous actresses get nekkid.
Despite a little dumb humor and shock-value cussing the comedy is smarter than The 40-Year-Old Virgin, allowing it to be both funny and address a complex subject with a degree of emotional depth. What a pleasant surprise.