Box art for Knocked Up

Knocked Up

comedy, drama, romance


They say that opposites attract. Well, for slacker Ben (Seth Rogen) and career girl Alison (Katherine Heigl), that's certainly the case - at least for one intoxicated evening.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    90%
  • Audience Score
    83%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
5 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
Sex
5 out of 5
Violence
0 out of 5

Raunchy but tender comedy about sex and parenthood.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that, like The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up earns its R rating with drug use, strong language (it's constant, particularly "f--k"), nudity, and nonstop explicit conversations about sex. Teenagers will want to see it, especially if they saw Virgin. But be advised -- the main character and his roommates spend nearly all of their time high on marijuana, and the physiological aspects of pregnancy -- from conception to crowning -- are front and center. (On the bright side, after watching all of that, it's a good bet that teens will be much less likely to risk having unprotected sex and may even appreciate what their mothers went through to give birth...)

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the consequences of having sex -- including pregnancy and parenthood.
  • How do movies and TV shows usually depict unplanned pregnancy? How is this movie different?
  • Does the fact that it's a comedy make the issues seem less serious?
  • Do you think Alison and Ben made the right decisions? Why or why not?
  • Families can also discuss the "return" of the R-rated comedy. Do the raunchy bits make movies like this funnier, or do they go overboard?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    90%
    reviews counted: 2
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  • Audience

    83%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Knocked Up feels very now. The banter is bruisingly funny, the characters brilliantly childish, the portrait of our culture's narrowing gap between children and their elders hysterical -- in all senses.

- David Edelstein, New York Magazine, Saturday, September 15, 2007

Fresh: It's hard enough to find comedies like this at any time, so it's a small and welcome miracle to come upon one in the midst of a typical movie summer, richer than ever in over-budgeted, underwhelming inanities.

- Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Friday, June 1, 2007

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Cute funny movie, just wrong on many occasions in just the right way. I had fun time with this one.

- jmanard52, Friday, September 19, 2008

3 stars

There are consistent chuckles throughout this film but never any laugh out loud moments. The story isn't totally original but it?s a nice film all the same. Had expected a bit better from a Judd Apatow film though!

- SirPant, Wednesday, September 30, 2009

4 stars

I love Judd Apatow movies because the dialogue is so cuttingly, honestly rib-burstingly funny. I laughed so loud I scared my neighbour's pregnant cat into labour. Katherine Heigl and Seth Rogen are earnest, clunky and so effing good-intentioned in this movie, but it's really the critical harpy sister Leslie Mann and her burnt-out-bludgeoned-down husband (Paul Rudd, holla) who steal the show for me. The two couples present a great comparison study for the "train your partner to become who you want them to be" school vs "love and accept them for everything they are" school of relationships. Either way it's always gonna be tough, but Apatow proposes a (dangerous) theory that all problems turn out okay when you make them knuckle-bitingly, snort-out-loud hilarious. He reminds me to be bold. Here's my favourite monologue from the show: Bouncer: It's not cuz you not hot, I would LOVE to tap that ass. I would tear, that ass, up. I can't let you in cuz you old as f***. For this club. Not, you know, for the earth. You old, she pregnant, can't have a bunch of old pregnant b****es runnin' around, that's crazy. I'm only allowed to let in 5% black people. He said that. 5%. That mean if there's 25 people here I get to let in one and a quarter black people. So I gotta hope there's a black midget in the crowd. Feel the truth.

- fb223580, Tuesday, May 8, 2012