Knocked Up

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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.
  3. 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.”)
  4. They said “Birth Plan” in the movie. More people having babies should have these. We all should be well-informed consumers.
  5. Paul Rudd.

Al, I take back what I said. I am a big dork.

10 Responses to “Knocked Up”


  • Never in my life did I think I’d ever actually recommend “Dr. T and the Women”… but that has a pretty realistic if not completely gratuitous birthing crotch shot that might meet your standards.

    Now, you know my mom, bless her heart. When I saw Parenthood as a weeeee little girl, I was DEVASTATED by the birth scene. The pain! The horror! The screaming! I left the theater in tears and told my mom I never wanted to have a baby. Her answer to an 8 year old girl? “Don’t worry, Awapy! It’s just like having a really bad poopy!”

    So there you go. My everlasting image of childbirth thanks to Mamawapy.

  • Haha, told you so! I think with movies, especially comedies that have a crude or gross-out element, you really have to go more on the pedigree of the cast/crew than the premise to get an idea of whether it’ll be any good, so I had faith that Knocked Up would be good based on all the people involved with it. A lot of other people could’ve made a horrible movie out of the same story.

  • I loved it. And I love sites that have counts like this that sum up the movie:

    117 F-words and its derivatives, 1 obscene hand gesture, 21 sexual remarks, 56 scatological terms, 66 anatomical terms, 12 mild obscenities, 2 derogatory terms for homosexuals, 2 references to vomiting, name-calling (stupid, freak, doorman, old, fat cow), 2 religious profanities, 27 religious exclamations.

    http://www.kids-in-mind.com/k/knockedup.htm

  • John, that website is awesome. Just for fun I wanted to see their rating for The Aristocrats, because that was probably the most profane movie I’ve ever seen.

    83 F-words and its derivatives, 80 sexual references, 92 scatological terms, 98 anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities, 5 derogatory terms for African-Americans, 3 derogatory terms for homosexuals, 1 derogatory term for Hispanics, 4 religious exclamations.

    I am very impressed that Knocked Up managed to use the “F-word” 34 more times than The Aristocrats.

  • Amazingly, the Big Lebowski about doubles Knocked Up… I think they just gave up at some point:

    “About 240 F-words, many scatological references, many anatomical references, many mild obscenities.”

    Heck, Pulp Fiction even beats Lebowski:

    “About 250 F-words, scatological references, anatomical terms, racial insults, and other profanities.”

    I honestly don’t remember Pulp Fiction Being THAT obscene. It seems the worst movies you can show to your kids are:

    Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 [2000] [R] – 9.9.10
    Devil’s Rejects [2005] [R] – 9.10.10
    8MM [1999] [R] – 9.9.10
    Forsaken, The [2001] [R] – 9.10.10
    Hostel [2005] [R] – 9.10.10
    Pulp Fiction [1994] [R] – 9.10.10

    Sadly, I’ve crossed the line from using this site as a ironic rental tool to an actual parenting tool. Years of being exposed to so much violence, sex and profanity has completely dulled my ability to detect it in movies, which I didn’t really realize until I started to pop the Big Lebowski in for my then-three-year-old, and my wife went “What the hell are you doing?”

    Now, Night at the Museum may suck, but I’m ok with the 4 year old seeing a 1.4.1.

    Man, parenthood really makes you a tool.

  • I don’t really remember The Big Lebowski being that bad, but if you think about it… “Nobody fucks with the Jesus.”

  • Here’s a 2 and a quarter minute reminder of the language in Lebowski.

    It’s also simply an editing experience to behold.

  • I know what I’m watching this weekend. Such a classic.

  • I actually intend to see this movie… only b/c it’s pop and I need to critique it.

  • Okay, wait. You were doubting a movie WRITTEN by Judd Apatow? Not ones he’s produced or directed but one he wrote. Like 40 yr old virgin or Freaks and Geeks (the most unrated TV show ever). And the sister (your man Paul Rudd’s wife) and her 2 kids in the movie, his real wife and kids. C’mon daddy, who doesn’t love a shameless family man?

    Read Superstud by Paul Feig – the other half of the Freaks and Geeks masterminds.

    🙂

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