Distrib/release date: Universal/June 1
Storyline: A mismatched couple hooks up for a one-night stand; the subsequent pregnancy, decision by mother to keep child and pledge by father to do what’s right set up a very funny look at relationships.
About the script: In penning “Knocked Up,” the 40-year-old father of two had a rich tapestry of real-world experience — some of them his own, many of them belonging to his friends and colleagues. “I was interested in exploring the amount of effort that goes into keeping relationships working. I wasn’t trying to make a romantic comedy at all,” Apatow says. “I wanted a movie that was very confrontational and that would comically show some of the rougher aspects of trying to keep relationships going. … I’m more interested in an emotional truth that people don’t talk about too often onscreen.”
Biggest challenge: “It was a tricky screenplay because I didn’t want it to follow a traditional path,” Apatow explains. “I knew at the end they’d have a baby, and I knew that I wanted them to at least try to raise the baby together. But it was hard to show a nine-month relationship in a two-hour movie.”
Breakthrough idea: “I tried to make the movie as specific to the actors as possible — I didn’t have a vision in my head that I tried to get them to match,” he says.
Choice line: It’s delivered by Seth Rogen’s Ben Stone, responding to his father (Harold Ramis), who closes a loving pep talk by telling the son he’s the best thing that ever happened to him: “That makes me feel sad for you.”