Twenty-five years later—plus a nationwide swing to the right, the founding of Operation Rescue, and that deathless Ben Folds Five song— Knocked Up presents us with a similarly unpromising scenario: smart twentysomething who just got a big career break has inadvertently fruitful one-night stand with unemployed shlub. Yet in this case, abortion is only briefly suggested by third parties and dismissed out of hand. Who knew the miracle of childbirth could be liberated from the dark shame of pubic hair? This being a romantic comedy, studio bylaws require a Third-Act Undermotivated Screaming Match That Puts the Entire Relationship Into Protracted Doubt, but Heigl powers through the pro forma scene on the strength of her tectonic roar—one that heralds a primal insurgency of vengeful womanly hormones. Hysteria has rarely been so commanding. Psilocybin—the new CGI?
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It follows the repercussions of a drunken one-night stand between a slacker and a recently promoted media personality that results in an unintended pregnancy. Ben Stone is a laid-back and sardonic Canadian immigrant who lives off injury compensation funds and sporadically works on a celebrity porn website with his stoner roommates. While celebrating her promotion, Alison meets Ben at a local nightclub. After a night of heavy drinking, they end up having sex without protection due to a misunderstanding. The following morning, they quickly learn over breakfast that they have little in common and go their separate ways.