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Thursday May 31, 2007 3:31 pm

Knocked Up a Knockout

Katherine Heigl Knocked Up, the comedy from the creator of The 40-Year-Old Virgin, is ready for its June 1 release and enjoying great early reviews. In the hilarious Virgin (2005) Steve Carell played the title role, with his on-screen antics heightened by supporting actors that included Seth Rogen. Rogen is back for the lead in Knocked Up, which centers on slacker Ben Stone. After a night of partying in hip downtown LA, Stone meet Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) and the two share a fleeting night of passion. Thusly, the stage is set for the funny new comedy from writer/director Judd Apatow. Many critics are already saying Knocked Up is even better than The 40-Year-Old Virgin, high praise considering that almost no one is funnier than Steve Carell.

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Knocked Up is about a one-night-stand gone wrong. After all, it makes for a pretty short movie for a fleeting night to end with two characters that never see each other again. As the title implies, Alison discovers she’s Knocked Up, and the comedy goes from there. Ben must face fatherhood, while Alison has a crisis of career. The two try to date each other for the sake of the soon-to-be-born baby, finding out how very different they are in the process. Other characters help bring the comedy to life and serve as stumbling blocks for the couple’s happy commitment, including Alison’s sister Debbie (Leslie Mann) and her husband Pete (Paul Rudd).

From start to finish, the movie is filled with funny moments (including a pregnant sex scene that will have everyone talking, amid much laughter, after the movie’s over). Most of the comedy relies on script, which is more than what can be said for many comedies that promote gag humor and slapstick. Scenes with Ben and his roommates provide some of the best on-screen moments, as this group of slackers tries to help Ben with his predicament, all of them ill-equipped to do so. Knocked Up is Rogen’s first leading role, and early reviews hint that his performance leaves nothing to be desired.

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