Well, I will be the first to admit that I never thought Knocked Up would be more than a fluffer of a flick. It looked horrible and sexist and a waste of cellulose.
I was happily surprised. Here are my reasons:
- After the earthquake, Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) is looking through the books that Ben Stone (Seth Rogen) was supposed to have read. The two books that were legible were:
Both books were my favorites that I read during the pregnancy. I can not recommend both books enough for soon-to-be-Fathers. They are informative and enjoyable yet lacking in the condescension most pregnancy books offer for the males involved in such matters.
- Actual on-screen CROWNING! Holy god. Finally. It sure was different seeing a completely shaven cha-cha. And it was nice she had the foresight the night before to get a nice wax. Even if it was fake, it was the one of the most realistic births I’ve even seen from Hollywood. Mainly due to the shots of the crowning. Something I’ve never seen on a screen before. Oh yeah, and for the record: The talk of “bloody show” or “cervical plug” – It’s not necessarily a designation that when it comes out that the baby is right around the corner. I think this is a misconception. e.g., Em’s plug came out on a Wednesday and gave birth the following Tuesday.
- Showing how doctors don’t always listen to their patients and how in the movie the Obstetrician’s job is to “get the baby out.” I know it’s hyperbole, but there is a sad bit of truth to it. More than most want to admit. Let’s not forget GBMC’s motto. (“When In Doubt, Cut It Out.”)
- They said “Birth Plan” in the movie. More people having babies should have these. We all should be well-informed consumers.
- Paul Rudd.
Al, I take back what I said. I am a big dork.