Written, directed and produced by Apatow, “Knocked Up” (2007) was his highly planned and not-at-all accidental baby. The film starred Katherine Heigl as an up-and-coming entertainment reporter who celebrates sans protection and ends up pregnant with Seth Rogen’s baby after a one-night stand. The couple is ridiculously mismatched: She’s ambitious, organized, and, well, doesn’t sit around with her roommates smoking pot and talking about porn. When she decides to keep the baby, they decide to see if they can make it work.
As with most Apatow films, the cast is a who’s who of comedy. Much of the cast is comprised of Apatow’s usual suspects: Seth Rogen, Martin Starr, Jason Segel, and James Franco from Freaks and Geeks as well as Rogen, Segel, and Starr’s Undeclared classmate Jay Baruchel and his dad, Loudon Wainwright III. Apatow regular, Paul Rudd, plays the brother-in-law and Steve Carell from “The 40-Year Old Virgin” and “Anchorman” made an appearance as himself. There was some quietly brilliant casting in using Harold Ramis as Rogen’s father and Joanna Kerns (yes, from “Growing Pains”) as Heigl’s mother and casting Leslie Mann (Apatow’s real life wife) and their two daughters as Heigl’s sister and family in the film. Comedy stars Kristin Wiig, Charlyne Yi, Ken Jeong, and B.J. Novak also appear in the film.
Here are a few clips that make this film a comedy classic:
A job can’t ask you to lose weight, but they can strongly prefer it:
“Where do babies come from?”:
Not all babies are beautiful:
Bonus tip: Pull Out