Knocked Up (2007)

R | 129 or 132 mins | Romantic comedy | 1 June 2007

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Director:

Judd Apatow

Writer:

Judd Apatow

Cinematographer:

Eric Edwards

Production Designer:

Jefferson Sage

Production Company:

Apatow Productions
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HISTORY

The opening credits appear over a montage of scenes illustrating the lifestyle of “Ben Stone” and his roommates. Insert shots are used throughout the film to show the development of “Alison Scott’s” fetus, starting with the first cell dividing. The film ends with a montage of the baby interacting with family and friends. After the screen goes black, the end credits begin, which are bordered with a “baby book” featuring photographs of cast and crew members with babies. The credits end with a picture of Ben, Alison and their child. The end credits include acknowledgments to Major League Baseball Properties, Inc., the National Hockey League and its Member Teams, E! Entertainment Television, Inc., Corbis Images, Getty Images and Cirque du Soleil. An 8 Jun 2007 Entertainment Weekly article disclosed that Universal moved the film’s release date up by two months because it was testing so well and “screened it incessantly” since Mar to build publicity.
       Writer, producer and director Judd Apatow, whose onscreen credit reads “written and directed by,” employed a group of actors with whom he frequently works, including Seth Rogen. Rogen played supporting roles in Apatow’s first feature, The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005, see above) and the highly successful Superbad (2007). In a 30 Sep 2007 NYT interview, Apatow said he chose Rogen for the lead in the film because people would root for him. Katherine Heigl was cast opposite Rogen because she was the only actress who improvised well and laughed at him during the auditions, according to an 8 Jun 2007 Entertainment ... More Less

The opening credits appear over a montage of scenes illustrating the lifestyle of “Ben Stone” and his roommates. Insert shots are used throughout the film to show the development of “Alison Scott’s” fetus, starting with the first cell dividing. The film ends with a montage of the baby interacting with family and friends. After the screen goes black, the end credits begin, which are bordered with a “baby book” featuring photographs of cast and crew members with babies. The credits end with a picture of Ben, Alison and their child. The end credits include acknowledgments to Major League Baseball Properties, Inc., the National Hockey League and its Member Teams, E! Entertainment Television, Inc., Corbis Images, Getty Images and Cirque du Soleil. An 8 Jun 2007 Entertainment Weekly article disclosed that Universal moved the film’s release date up by two months because it was testing so well and “screened it incessantly” since Mar to build publicity.
       Writer, producer and director Judd Apatow, whose onscreen credit reads “written and directed by,” employed a group of actors with whom he frequently works, including Seth Rogen. Rogen played supporting roles in Apatow’s first feature, The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005, see above) and the highly successful Superbad (2007). In a 30 Sep 2007 NYT interview, Apatow said he chose Rogen for the lead in the film because people would root for him. Katherine Heigl was cast opposite Rogen because she was the only actress who improvised well and laughed at him during the auditions, according to an 8 Jun 2007 Entertainment Weekly article. The film was not tightly scripted, and to allow for ease in improvising dialogue, Ben’s four roommates have the same first names as the actors playing them and are also good friends with Rogen. Leslie Mann, Apatow’s wife, played “Debbie,” and their daughters, Iris and Maude, played her children.
       As noted in Los Angeles City Beat , Apatow sought out Loudon Wainwright III to do the soundtrack for the film and also cast him in the part of Alison’s obstetrician, “Dr. Howard.” Wainwright is listed onscreen as Loudon Wainwright III for his musical credits, but as Loudon Wainwright in the cast list. Working with Joe Henry, Wainwright composed the soundtrack and album, Strange Weirdos: Music from and Inspired by Knocked Up , which includes some songs that were not included in the film, and on which Apatow is credited as executive producer. Multiple mentions of Sony’s 2007 release, Spider-Man 3 , are included in the movie, partly because of Spider-Man 3 co-star James Franco’s cameo appearance in Knocked Up , and became a running joke.
       The film was shot primarily in and around Los Angeles, with Alison’s guest house in the Brentwood neighborhood, Ben’s house in Northridge and the television studio scenes at the E!Entertainment Television Studio. The amusement park scenes were shot at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, where the actors were seen riding the "Supreme Scream" and "Xcellerator" coaster rides. The scene in which Ben and Alison meet was actually shot at two Hollywood night clubs: The exteriors at Element on Las Palmas Avenue and the interiors in Mood on Hollywood Boulevard. The morning after scene between Ben and Alison took place at Swingers coffee shop in Santa Monica, Ben learns of the pregnancy at Geisha House in Hollywood and he tells his father the news at The Original Pantry Café in downtown Los Angeles. The couple discusses their situation at Miceli’s restaurant in Hollywood, and dine with Debbie and her husband Pete at Sterling’s Steakhouse, which is no longer in business. The shopping scenes were filmed at Drug Emporium in North Hollywood, Baby Town in Reseda and at Jacadi children’s store Apostrophe Books in the Paseo Colorado mall in Pasadena. The record store scene was shot in West Los Angeles, and driving scenes were filmed in Brentwood and North Hollywood. The final two days of filming took place in Las Vegas at the Aladdin Hotel and Casino and at Cirque du Soleil’s show, Mystere .
       The Jun 2007 International Cinematographer’s Guild magazine explains that rather than the usual comedy film practice of using two cameras, multiple cameras were used to enhance improvisation and accommodate long takes. According to the pressbook, the earthquake scene was simulated by a hydraulic ram that shook a replica set of Ben’s bedroom, which was on a platform, and the filthy look of the pool at his house was achieved by adding quantities of instant tea to the water, painting the sides of pool and floating leaves and detritus on top. Makeup effects artist Matthew Mungle used three different, highly detailed prosthetic bellies to indicate Heigl’s character’s advancing pregnancy.
       Some women found the premise of Heigl’s character considering a relationship with Rogen’s to be unbelievable, and reviews disagreed as to whether the women’s characters were as well-drawn as the men’s. An article about culture in the 4 Jun 2007 issue of Newsweek used the film as an example of the rise of the “beta male,” heralding the decline of the traditional, handsome, alpha male as the hero in film and politics.
       According to the StudioSystem website, Anne Hathaway was originally set to star in the film, but dropped out due to creative differences. LAT reported on 8 Jun 2007 that Canadian author Rebecca Eckler alleged that the film was taken from her book of the same name about an up-and-coming TV reporter who gets pregnant from a one-night stand while drunk. Apatow responded through his representatives that the film was very different from the book, but a lawsuit claiming copyright infringement was filed in U.S. District Court in L.A. in Jan and results were pending as of Jan 2008.
       According to publicity materials, the film was successful from its first screening at the South by Southwest Film Festival on 12 Mar 2007 in Austin, TX, where it received rave reviews, and Apatow has been credited with helping to revive the R-rated comedy. On 4 Jun 2007, DV reported a healthy opening for the $30 million-budgeted film, which grossed $29.3 million in the first three days with an 18% jump in grosses from Friday to Saturday. By 15 Jun 2007 WSJ announced that the film had earned $73 million in U.S. ticket sales, more than any other R-rated comedy since Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006, see above) and in Sep, Sight & Sound reported that Knocked Up was the fifth-highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time. In Aug 2007, the film opened overseas, when the domestic total was $150 million. Apatow, Heigl, Rogen, Rudd and Mann actively promoted the film, touring in Amsterdam, Deauville, Dublin, Edinburgh and Manchester, according to a 27 Aug 2007 Var article.
       The 30 Sep 2007 NYT article stated that Apatow, renowned for his DVD packaging, had put together an outstanding one. The 133-minute, unrated 2-disc set includes three hours of comedic extras, three documentaries, live concert footage of Loudon Wainwright III, audition footage, Apatow’s video diaries and many deleted and extended scenes. Apatow was quoted in the Sep 2007 NYT interview, saying that he considers companion DVDs to be “an art form” and includes what he would like to see as a fan. As reported in a 15 Jun 2007 WSJ article, portions of the film, among them the deleted scenes that were included on the unrated DVD release, were used by Universal as a marketing tool before the film opened. Deleted scenes, which were advertised online as “restricted clips,” received over one million hits on the film’s official website and YouTube. Knocked UP was selected as one of AFI’s Movies of the Year for 2007, and Apatow received a Writer Guilds of America nomination for his original screenplay. More Less

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p. 16.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Judd Apatow film
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
1st asst dir
1st asst dir, 2d unit
2d asst dir
2d asst dir, 2d unit
2d 2d asst dir
DGA trainee
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog, 2d unit
Aerial dir of photog
Cam/Steadicam op
Cam op
1st asst cam
1st asst cam
1st asst cam, 2d unit
2d asst cam
2d asst cam
2d asst cam, 2d unit
Film loader
Chief lighting tech
Best boy elec
Set lighting tech
Set lighting tech
Set lighting tech
Set lighting tech
Set lighting tech
Set lighting tech
Rigging gaffer
Best boy rigging elec
Rigging elec
Rigging elec
Rigging elec
Rigging elec
Rigging elec
Rigging elec
Rigging elec
Key grip
Best boy grip
Dolly grip
Dolly grip
Grip
Grip
Grip
Grip
Key rigging grip
Rigging best boy grip
Rigging grip
Rigging grip
Rigging grip
Rigging grip
Rigging grip
Rigging grip
Rigging grip
Video assist
Video playback
Video playback artist
Video playback op
Still photog
Dailies projectionist
Cam cranes & dollies by
Cam prod asst
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Art dept coord
Art dept prod asst
FILM EDITORS
Assoc ed
1st film asst ed
Film asst ed
Avid asst ed
Editorial prod asst
Dial ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set des
Set des
Prop master
Asst prop master
Asst props
On set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Const coord
Gen foreman
Propmaker foreman
Labor foreman
Plaster foreman
Paint foreman
Standby painter
Drapery foreman
Greensforeman
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost supv
Key set cost--women
Key set cost--men
Cost buyer
Cost dept prod asst
Cost dept prod asst
MUSIC
Mus
Mus supv/Mus ed
Exec in charge of mus for Universal Pictures
Addl mus
Guitar
Keyboards
Accordian
Score rec and mixed by
SOUND
Sd mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Sd eff ed
Boom op
Sd utility
Supv sd ed
1st asst sd ed
Supv ADR ed
ADR asst ed
ADR mixer
ADR voice
ADR voice
ADR voice
ADR voice
ADR voice
ADR voice
ADR voice
ADR voice
ADR voice
ADR voice
ADR voice
ADR voice
ADR recordist
Dubbing recordist
Foley artist
Foley artist
Foley artist
Foley rec mixer
Foley rec mixer
Foley rec asst
Foley rec asst
Dolby Sound consultant
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff supv
Spec eff tech
Spec eff tech
Main titles and opticals by
End titles by
MAKEUP
Key makeup artist
Asst makeup artist
Addl makeup artist
Addl makeup artist
Prosthetic des & application
Prosthetic application
Prosthetic application
Key hairstylist
Hairstylist
Addl hairstylist
Addl hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting
Casting asst
Extras casting
Extras casting
Extras casting
ADR voice casting
Unit prod mgr
Prod supv
Post prod supv
Prod coord
Asst prod coord
Asst prod coord
Studio exec
Studio exec
Studio exec
Scr supv
Asst to Mr. Apatow
Asst to Mr. Apatow
Asst to Mr. Apatow
Prod accountant
Post prod accountant
1st asst accountant
2d asst accountant
2d asst accountant
Payroll accountant
Const accountant
Accounting clerk
Loc mgr
Key asst loc mgr
Key asst loc mgr
Key asst loc mgr
Asst loc mgr
Loc prod asst
Loc prod asst
Helicopter pilot
Ground safety coord
Prod secy
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Set prod asst
Office prod asst
Office prod asst
Office prod asst
Office prod asst
Office prod asst
Cast prod asst
Cast prod asst
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Transportation dispatcher
D.O.T. compliance coord
Unit pub
Assets
Food stylist
Craft service
Craft service asst
Studio teacher
Infant nurse
Medical tech adv
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt player
COLOR PERSONNEL
Digital intermediate
Digital film colorist
Digital intermediate prod
SOURCES
SONGS
“Shimmy Shimmy Ya,” written by Robert Diggs, Jr. and Russell Jones, performed by Ol’ Dirty Bastard, courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group, by arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
“Grey in L.A.” and “Lullaby,” written by Loudon Wainwright III, performed by Loudon Wainwright III
“Santeria,” written by Floyd I. Gaugh IV, Bradley James Nowell and Eric John Wilson, performed by Sublime, courtesy of Geffen Records, under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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SONGS
“Shimmy Shimmy Ya,” written by Robert Diggs, Jr. and Russell Jones, performed by Ol’ Dirty Bastard, courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group, by arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
“Grey in L.A.” and “Lullaby,” written by Loudon Wainwright III, performed by Loudon Wainwright III
“Santeria,” written by Floyd I. Gaugh IV, Bradley James Nowell and Eric John Wilson, performed by Sublime, courtesy of Geffen Records, under license from Universal Music Enterprises
“Double Vision,” written by Melissa Elias, Jered Gummere, Brian Case and Nathan Jerde, performed by The Ponys, courtesy of Matador Records
“Clumsy,” written by Stacy Ferguson, Will Adams and Bobby Troup, performed by Fergie, courtesy of A&M Records, under license from Universal Music Enterprises
“Up Loud” and “Sunday Evening,” written by Michael Fratantuno, Terence Yoshiaki Graves and Brian Lapin, performed by Transcenders, courtesy of Transcenders, LLC
“Shake,” written by Richard Jones, Craig Lawson and Darryl Richardson II, performed by Trina (featuring Lil Scrappy), courtesy of Slip-N-Slide Records/Atlantic Recording Corp., by arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
“All Night,” written by Stephen Marley, Damian Robert Nesta Marley, Clement Dodd and Jackie Mittoo, performed by Damian Marley featuring Stephen Marley, courtesy of Universal Records, under license from Universal Music Enterprises
“Smile,” written by Lily Allen, Iyiola Babatunde Babalola, Darren Emilio Lewis, Clement Dodd and Jackie Mittoo, performed by Lily Allen, courtesy of Capitol Records, under license from EMI Film & Television Music
“Swing,” written by Nathan Holmes, Aaron Fabian Ngawhika and Demetrius Christian Savelio, performed by Savage, courtesy of Dawn Raid Entertainment
“Rock Lobster,” written by Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland, Cindy Wilson and Ricky Wilson, performed by The B-52’s, courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc., by arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing and courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group, under license from Universal Music Enterprises and courtesy of Man Woman Together Now, Inc.
“Biggest Part of Me,” written by David Robert Pack, performed by Ambrosia, courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc., by arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
"Sandusky," written by Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy, performed by Uncle Tupelo
“Tropicana,” written by Evan Mast and Mike Stroud, performed by Ratatat, courtesy of XL Recordings
“Running the Bath” and "Manuel's Got a Train to Catch," written by Mark Oliver Everett, performed by Mark Oliver Everett
“Police on My Back,” written by Eddy Grant, performed by The Clash, courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment (UK) Limited, by arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
“All Along the Watchtower,” written by Bob Dylan, performed by DMC, courtesy of RomenMpire Records/From Rags 2 Riches Records
“Keep On Dubbing,” written by Horace M. Swaby, performed by Augustus Pablo, courtesy of Shanachie Entertainment Corp.
“Consider Her Ways,” written by Reggie Moore, performed by Reggie Moore, courtesy of Pure Music, Inc.
“Bullcorn,” written by Robert Ellen, performed by Goree Carter, courtesy of Pure Music, Inc.
“Love Me,” written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, performed by The Little Willies, courtesy of Milking Bull Records, under license from EMI Film & Television Music
“King Without a Crown,” written by Matthew Miller and Josh Werner, performed by Matisyahu, courtesy of Epic Records, by arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
“Love Plus One,” written by Nick Heyward, performed by Haircut 100, courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment (UK) Limited, by arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
“Girl,” written by Beck Hansen, John King and Mike Simpson, performed by Beck, courtesy of Interscope Records, under license from Universal Music Enterprises
“Danger (Been So Long),” written by Pharrell L. Williams, Chad Hugo and Michael Tyler, performed by Mystikal, courtesy of Jive Records, by arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
“Sign Your Name” and "If You Let Me Stay," written by Sananda Maitreya, performed by Sananda Maitreya fka Terence Trent D’Arby, courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment (UK) Limited, by arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
“Wishing Well,” written by Sananda Maitreya and Sean Oliver, performed by Sananda Maitreya, fka Terence Trent D’Arby, courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment (UK) Limited, by arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
“Put It On,” written by Bob Marley, performed by Bob Marley & The Wailers, courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group, under license from Universal Music Enterprises
“Toxic,” written by Cathy Dennis, Henrik Jonback, Christian Karlsson and Pontus Johan Winnberg, performed by Britney Spears, courtesy of Jive Records, by arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
“Rock You Like a Hurricance,” written by Klas Meine, Rudolf Schenker and Herman Rarebell, performed by Scorpions, courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group, under license from Universal Music Enterprises
“Lighters Up,” written by K. Jones, Scott Storch, Roger Greene, Jr., Victor Carraway and Voletta Wallace, performed by Lil’ Kim, courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp., by arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
“Y’All Know Me,” written by Michael Fratantuno, Brian Lapin, Terence Yoshiaki Graves and Josef Lord, performed by Transcenders featuring J7 D’Star, courtesy of Transcenders, LLC
“Rondo” from “Cirque Du Soleil – Mystere ,” written by René Dupéré, courtesy of Créations Méandres, Inc.
“Reminiscing,” written by Graeham Goble, performed by Little River Band, courtesy of EMI Records, under license from EMI Film & Television Music
“Fruit Salad,” written by Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field and Greg Page, performed by The Wiggles, courtesy of The Wiggles International Pty. Ltd.
“Hot Potato,” written by Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page and John Field, performed by The Wiggles, courtesy of The Wiggles International Pty. Ltd.
“Here Come the Wiggles,” written by Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Anthony Field, Greg Page and Dominic Lindsay, performed by The Wiggles, courtesy of The Wiggles International Pty. Ltd.
“Happy Birthday to You,” written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
“Helicopter” from Two Weeks Notice , written by John Powell, performed by John Powell, courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment
“We Are Nowhere and It’s Now,” written by Conor Oberst, performed by Bright Eyes, courtesy of Saddle Creek
“Police and Thieves,” written by Junior Murvin and Lee Perry, performed by Junior Murvin, courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group, under license from Universal Music Enterprises
“Que Paso,” written by Joe Cain, performed by Joe Cain, courtesy of Pure Music, Inc.
“Ashamed,” written by Tommy Lee and Kai Huppunen, performed by Tommy Lee, courtesy of Geffen Records, under license from Universal Music Enterprises
“Once You Had Gold,” written by Eithne Ni Bhraonain, Nicky Ryan and Roma Shane Ryan, performed by Enya, courtesy of Warner Music U.K. Ltd., by arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
“Daughter,” written by Peter Blegvad, performed by Loudon Wainwright III, courtesy of Rendezvous Entertainment, LLC and courtesy of Sanctuary Records.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
1 June 2007
Premiere Information:
South by Southwest Film Festival screening: 12 March 2007
Los Angeles premiere: 21 May 2007
Production Date:
29 May--mid August 2006
Copyright Claimant:
Universal City Studios, LLP
Copyright Date:
31 May 2007
Copyright Number:
PA0001375523
Physical Properties:
Sound
dts Digital Sound; SDDS Sony Dynamic Digital Sound; Dolby Digital in selected theatres
Color
Technicolor
Lenses/Prints
Filmed with Panavision cameras & lenses
Duration(in mins):
129 or 132
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
43288
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Perpetual adolescent Ben Stone and his four roommates spend their days in the San Fernando Valley smoking marijuana, playing games and wasting time. In another part of Los Angeles, hard-working E! Television producer Alison Scott lives in a guest house next to her sister Debbie, brother-in-law Pete and two small nieces. While Ben and his roommates discuss their proposed website, “Flesh of the Stars,” which catalogs celebrity nude scenes, Alison is called into her boss Jack’s office and is thrilled to learn that she is being promoted to onscreen celebrity interviewer. Debbie and Alison celebrate by going to a dance club, where the doorman lets the attractive sisters in ahead of everyone in line. Ben and his roommates are there and when Alison goes to get drinks, she meets Ben, who tells her that the bartender is ignoring everyone and solves the problem by taking two beers and giving one to her. Then, realizing she needs another beer for Debbie, Ben gives Alison his. Debbie has to leave, but Alison stays, dancing and drinking with Ben until they go back to her place and begin to have sex. As Ben struggles with a condom, Alison impatiently says “just do it,” which he interprets as “forget the condom,” and they have unprotected sex. The next morning, Alison is regretful and Ben barely remembers the night, but after recovering from his shock at being awake at 7:30, he suggests they have breakfast before she goes to work. In a coffee shop, the gulf between Alison and Ben widens as he elaborates on his marijuana habit, disparages celebrity interviews and explains his website. ... +


Perpetual adolescent Ben Stone and his four roommates spend their days in the San Fernando Valley smoking marijuana, playing games and wasting time. In another part of Los Angeles, hard-working E! Television producer Alison Scott lives in a guest house next to her sister Debbie, brother-in-law Pete and two small nieces. While Ben and his roommates discuss their proposed website, “Flesh of the Stars,” which catalogs celebrity nude scenes, Alison is called into her boss Jack’s office and is thrilled to learn that she is being promoted to onscreen celebrity interviewer. Debbie and Alison celebrate by going to a dance club, where the doorman lets the attractive sisters in ahead of everyone in line. Ben and his roommates are there and when Alison goes to get drinks, she meets Ben, who tells her that the bartender is ignoring everyone and solves the problem by taking two beers and giving one to her. Then, realizing she needs another beer for Debbie, Ben gives Alison his. Debbie has to leave, but Alison stays, dancing and drinking with Ben until they go back to her place and begin to have sex. As Ben struggles with a condom, Alison impatiently says “just do it,” which he interprets as “forget the condom,” and they have unprotected sex. The next morning, Alison is regretful and Ben barely remembers the night, but after recovering from his shock at being awake at 7:30, he suggests they have breakfast before she goes to work. In a coffee shop, the gulf between Alison and Ben widens as he elaborates on his marijuana habit, disparages celebrity interviews and explains his website. When Ben asks to see Alison again, she is clearly not interested and when she tells her sister about the incident, Debbie is relieved that Ben used a condom. Eight weeks later, Alison is taping an interview with James Franco when she has to run off camera to vomit, and when she gets sick again later, the suggestion of pregnancy is made and she begins to worry. Debbie and Alison buy several home pregnancy tests, which all give positive results, so they email Ben to arrange a date to talk. Thinking that Alison is interested in sex, Ben and his roommates scream in triumph. Attempting to get to know Ben over sushi, Alison learns that he is living on an insurance settlement rather than working and that he is a Canadian residing in the United States illegally. When Alison announces the likelihood of her pregnancy to Ben, they argue about the misunderstanding over the condom, but he agrees to go with her to the gynecologist and tries to comfort Alison when the doctor confirms she is expecting. The news is met by criticism from Ben’s roommates and Alison’s mother, who suggests an abortion to save her career, warning that her that her appearance will soon undermine her decision to keep her pregnancy from her employers. However, Ben’s father tells him to roll with it and that night, when Alison tells Ben she will keep the baby, he offers to do whatever is needed. After discussing their situation, Ben and Alison go to a mall where he buys baby books and they stroll holding hands. Later that night, Ben and Alison agree to pursue their relationship for the sake of the baby and he assures her that he will not desert her. The next morning, Alison introduces Ben to her nieces as her boyfriend, and as Debbie and Alison watch him playing with the children, Debbie agrees to give him a chance. Needing money, Ben asks his roommates when the website will be running and they estimate three months. Interviewing gynecologists, Alison rejects the rigid Dr. Kuni and several other inappropriate doctors before choosing Dr. Howard, when he assures her that he will personally deliver her child. While shopping for cribs, Alison tells Debbie that Ben knows the sex of the baby, but that she wants to be surprised. After Ben suggests using a crib from the alley behind his house to save money, Debbie offers to buy them one and Alison is put off by Ben’s acceptance of the extravagant gift. As Alison is leaving the store, some old friends spot her, and Ben embarrasses her by disclosing her condition. Ben later attributes her discomfort to the fact that she is unmarried and asks Pete how much wedding rings cost. Their discussion leads Ben to explain his website, and Pete informs him that a similar one already exists. Ben’s roommates are devastated by the news, but postpone working on a new idea because Spider-Man 3 is on television. When Ben proposes to Alison with an empty ring box, promising to fill it someday, she is touched, but replies they have not known each other long enough to marry. While at Ben’s house one night, Alison is angered when his fear of hurting the baby prevents him from making love to her and later, she wakes up alone during an earthquake because Ben has left to smoke marijuana. Alison begins to doubt Ben’s ability to take care of her and the baby, and is further dismayed to find the baby books he promised to read are unopened. When Debbie suspects Pete of cheating, Ben reluctantly joins the women in following Pete to a house where they find him playing fantasy baseball with some men. Pete is incredulous when Debbie tearfully explains that wanting to spend time away from his family is worse than adultery and tells him to move out. The next day, on the way to the gynecologist, Alison criticizes Pete and when Ben takes his side, they argue and she throws him out of the car. Ben arrives at the doctor’s office, furious after having to walk there, and their fight culminates with him disclosing that the baby is a girl. Later, while commiserating in a bar, Ben and Pete decide to go to Las Vegas, while at home Debbie insists to Alison that they go out to have some fun. Arriving in Las Vegas, Ben and Pete take hallucinogenic mushrooms and go to see Cirque de Soleil, but Ben panics and runs back to their room. In Hollywood, when Debbie and Alison are refused entrance to a dance club because Debbie is too old and Alison is pregnant, Debbie weeps over her spent youth and her future alone. Ben and Pete’s altered state leads them into emotional recriminations over their treatment of their women, and they decide to go home. Back in L.A., Ben tries to reconcile with Alison, but she maintains they are not right for each other. Devastated, Ben pleads for advice from his father, who tells him that nothing will work until he accepts responsibility for himself. Taking this to heart, Ben gets a job and moves into an apartment where he prepares a nursery. In Alison’s eighth month of pregnancy, Jack finally broaches the subject with her, announcing to her great relief that the network approves and will showcase her condition. Alison’s family is gone for the weekend when she begins to have contractions and calls Dr. Howard, but gets his on-call substitute. Unable to drive, Alison desperately calls Ben and asks him to take her to the hospital and when he arrives, he calls Dr. Howard to learn that he is out of town. After skillfully breaking this news to Alison, Ben asks such specific questions to ascertain how much time they have before the baby arrives that Alison realizes he has read the baby books. Ben drives Alison to the hospital where a very cranky Dr. Kuni arrives to deliver their baby, and when Alison insists on using her intended birth plan, he walks out on her. Ben stops Dr. Kuni, persuading him to help Alison and the doctor returns and apologizes to her. After Alison and Ben agree that they are right for each other, Pete and Debbie arrive, and when Debbie dismisses Ben, he orders her out of the room and she joins Pete and the roommates in the waiting room. After some complications and a painful delivery, the baby is born and as Alison sleeps, Ben tells his child about the miscommunication that led to her conception, saying it was the smartest thing he ever did. Later he drives his new family home. +

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