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Knocked Up Romance

Published July 17, 2006 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of respective holders.
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Knocked Up will have just as many dirty jokes as 40-Year-Old Virgin, but it will also have just as much heart. Allison (Katherine Heigl) and Ben (Seth Rogen) have a one night stand that lands her pregnant. So they try to make a go of it, with hilarious and heartwarming results.

Knocked Up Romance

At first, it’s all about drunken sex. “It's just a one-night stand,” said Heigl. “She goes out to celebrate her promotion and she's all excited about it and she goes out with her sister to celebrate at a club downtown and have too much to drink and she brings home Ben. And wakes up with Ben. And then I have to call Ben eight weeks later via website. She doesn't even have his cell phone number. She just has to look him up on the web. It's bad.”

Writer/director Judd Apatow initially thought that just seeing Seth Rogen try to be a responsible father-to-be would be hilarious. Soon he realized there was a strong message in their relationship. “I look at the movie as a story that talks about how hard it is to be married and to have children, but also how great it is and that it’s a constant education in being an adult and doing the right thing,” Apatow said. “So there’s a lot of my thoughts about those issues.”

It may work out well for Rogen’s character, because he gets to hold onto the gorgeous Katherine Heigl. In any other situation, she would not be forced to find his good sides. “I think that what she realizes pretty early on, when they kind of start dating to see if it's going to go anywhere and if they can make it work, is that he's a really nice guy with a big heart and he means well,” Heigl said. “In think in the beginning they're kind of off, they don't get each other and she doesn't get his jokes and thinks he's serious and is offensive and whatever and then she starts to realize, 'Oh he's actually really funny and charming in his own way and very kind, good person.'”

Rogen knew that the comedy would come from his own reactions to this real life situation. “It’s not based on his actual life in any way, but it’s kind of inspired by true events, as they say in film,” Rogen said. “[Apatow] just thought of an idea where you get a girl pregnant on the first date and I just shared my fears and insights, or lack thereof, into that situation and how I might react and what problems I would have growing up in that type of situation. And he writes a hilarious movie out of all this.”

It even surprises Apatow that he can make raunchy comedies with such positive messages. “I keep making these movies and saying, ‘Wow they’re dirty but they have these really moralistic messages. How’s this happening? They keep slipping in.’ So, I basically try to make all these movies with the thought that they’re about trying hard not to be an *sshole. Any journey towards learning how to be a good person is funny to me, and what it takes to get there.”

For Heigl, a lot of that humor comes from the awkwardness of the characters’ first encounters, beginning with the morning after their romp. “It was like, 'Should we go and get breakfast or what to do we do?' So they go have breakfast and it's such an awkward, terrible breakfast and they just do not connect at all and she's like out of there, you know, and he's 'Can I get your number' and she's kind of hesitant, 'Well, OK...' writes down her number and he doesn't have a cell phone at the moment because of billing issues. It's one of those things where you never want to see the person again, like 'This did not work out... We are not... This was a big mistake.' One of those.”

Knocked Up will open to theatres summer 2007.

For more film info, synopsis and added details, go to the Knocked Up Movie Page.

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