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Release Date: June 1, 2007
Runtime: 2hrs. 9min.
Genre: Comedy.
Rating: R. – Sex, drugs, language.
Cast: Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl.
Stars: 2


Ben Stone (Seth Rogen) is fat and sweaty, smokes pot, has a porn site for a hobby, is out of work and dreams of getting laid, but that’s the best gorgeous Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) can do. She not only doesn’t have a boyfriend but she appears to have no friends either, except her unhappily married sister who, by the way, got married because she got knocked up too, ten years ago. Alison is blond and beautiful and just got a promotion at the Entertainment Channel but she’s the one who lets him come back to her apartment; she’s the one who doesn’t check to see if he’s wearing a condom; she’s the one who gets pregnant. It might be the worst thing that ever happened to her, but it’s the best thing that ever happened to him. Ben knows it’s a total fluke that had sex with him in the first place; she must have been really drunk. When she tells him eight weeks later that she’s pregnant, he takes it surprisingly well, so much so that at times the film seems political, like a pro-life ad. But Ben is touchingly young and stupid – he can’t afford a ring so when he asks Alison to marry him, he gives her an empty box. It takes a long-awaited goodbye form Alison for Ben to suddenly clean up his act. He somehow manages to land a great job and get a cool apartment all on the same weekend. Frankly, most of the film is pretty hard to believe. Would anyone really do those things? Could they even if they wanted to? There are a few funny moments, but mostly ridiculous, silly moments that skim the surface of juicy material. Writer/director Judd Apatow is no Woody Allen. Apatow keeps the bar low and just squeaks over it. He even throws in an earthquake and tries to squeeze a laugh out of that. But one thing is certain, male or female, once you see this movie, you’ll never go out without a condom again.

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