| Not only did I have the pleasure of seeing Knocked Up weeks prior to its release date, I also was privileged to be in Hollywood for the premiere. You may judge this movie by the title, but it is so much more. This film has some of the best humor and acting I have seen this year and it is guaranteed to be a summer hit. Starring Katherine Heigl as Alison Scott, an E! News reporter who goes out celebrating her new promotion. After one too many drinks Alison heads home with Ben Stone (Seth Rogen). Ben is a slacker and occasional stoner, and is not who you would expect for this beautiful girl to “hook up” with, as Ben nicely puts it, “You are prettier than me.”
Eight weeks go by and Ben is far in Alison’s pass – that is until she starts becoming nauseated and is getting ill on the set. It is not until thinking back that she realizes she may be pregnant. Almost twenty-five pregnancy tests later her worst thought is confirmed. Becoming a mother is a beautiful thing, but when it is with a one night stand with someone you barely know and your career is just taking off – it is a little devastating. Alison relays the news onto Ben who is far from supportive at first.
Eventually Ben takes on not only the “daddy” role, but also the role of boyfriend in Alison’s life. Ben’s life has been a party for much too long and he comes to realize it is time for a change, especially now with a child on the way. Katherine & Seth have a great connection. The characters were fully developed and they touched bases on every relationship possible. Boyfriend-girlfriend, husband-wife, guy friends, sister-sister and how all of these relationships intertwine. The storyline was well written and I applaud Judd Apatow, writer & director, for this amazing film. This is a realistic look at life, in a comical manner. I did not know what to expect going into this film. I was prepared for an offensive natured film, but I was very surprised. This film was clean and had taste. You left this film with a smile on your face. The stars of this film were on top of their game. This is the first time I have heard of Seth Rogen and I was very impressed with his realistic portrayal of the unemployed “loser” just making ends meet. Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann both had a knock out performances. Katherine Heigl takes the cake in this film. Her performance was in a league of her own and “Grey’s Anatomy” better get her signed on for next year, because after this summer she will become the next best thing.
I was very pleased to attend the premiere in Westwood Village in California on May 21st. This was my first Hollywood premiere and it was pretty awesome. As you stand by, near the red carpet, unmarked Cadillac’s and SUV’s pull up and drop the stars off. And if you are lucky they stop by to say hi. I was very lucky to meet James Franco from Spiderman; he was an absolute doll and extended his stay with the crowd, despite his agent’s objections. I also met Ben Stiller, Paul Rudd and Justin Long. All were very pleasant. Unfortunately the two main stars Seth & Katherine we were unable to meet as they signed autographs very quickly and said hello and had to rush into the theatre. Also in attendance were Jack Black, Ryan Seacrest, Sara Ramirez, Christine Taylor, Kate Walsh, Tobey McGuire and many more!! It was an unforgettable experience and I have included photos from the recent event. This film is great for both men & women and a must see of the summer.
Review By: Jolene Mendez