Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 2007. Universal Pictures, Apatow Productions. Screenplay by Judd Apatow. Cinematography by Eric Alan Edwards. Produced by Judd Apatow, Shauna Robertson, Clayton Towsend. Music by Joe Henry, Loudon Wainwright III. Production Design by Jefferson Sage. Costume Design by Debra McGuire. Film Editing by Craig Alpert, Brent White. American Film Institute 2007.
E! Network employee Katherine Heigl is promoted to on-camera host and decides to go out with her sister and celebrate. At their nightclub of choice Heigl meets frumpy, fun Seth Rogen, with whom she gets totally smashed and, eventually, goes home. The morning after is not a pretty sight whatsoever, but what’s even less encouraging is that eight weeks later she discovers that she’s pregnant with Rogen’s baby. Things go from breezy to complete insanity as the two accidental parents attempt to start a relationship while Heigl’s sister (Leslie Mann) and brother-in-law (Paul Rudd) navigate the traumas of marriage and children years after the romance has died. Judd Apatow’s follow-up to the surprise hit 40 Year-Old Virgin is a winsome, loveable comedy whose laughs all come from genuine chemistry that sparks between the actors and their believable dialogue. Heigl and Rogen are wonderful together, his self-deprecating charm and her easy laugh a treat to watch, but Mann steals the show as the complicated, frustrated, naggy but irresistible sister who demands the audience’s sympathy and judgment at alternating turns. This is a delightful film, and as a date movie works well as a cautionary tale as well.