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Knocked Up
Director: Judd Apatow (Dir)
Release Date:   1 Jun 2007
Premiere Information:   South by Southwest Film Festival screening: 12 Mar 2007; Los Angeles premiere: 21 May 2007
Production Date:   29 May--mid-Aug 2006
Duration (in mins):   129 or 132
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Cast:   Seth Rogen (Ben Stone)  
    Katherine Heigl (Alison Scott)  
    Paul Rudd (Pete)  
    Leslie Mann (Debbie)  
    Jason Segel (Jason)  
    Jay Baruchel (Jay)  
    Jonah Hill (Jonah)  
    Martin Starr (Martin)  
    Charlyne Yi (Jodi)  
    Iris Apatow (Charlotte)  
    Maude Apatow (Sadie)  
    Joanna Kerns (Alison's mom)  
    Harold Ramis (Ben's dad)  
    Alan Tudyk (Jack)  
    Kristen Wiig (Jill)  
    Bill Hader (Brent)  
    Ken Jeong (Dr. Kuni)  
    Craig Robinson (Club doorman)  
    Tim Bagley (Dr. Pellagrino)  
    Loudon Wainwright (Dr. Howard)  
    Stephanie Mnookin (Dr. Howard's nurse)  
    Adam Scott (Male nurse)  
    J. P. Manoux (Dr. Angelo)  
    Mo Collins (Female doctor)  
    B. J. Novak (Young doctor)  
    Tami Sagher (Wardrobe lady)  
    Brianna Lynn Brown (Alison`s friend)  
    Catherine Reitman (Alison`s friend)  
    Nick Thune (Alison`s friend)  
    Paul Feig (Fantasy baseball guy)  
    Ben Meyerson (Fantasy baseball guy)  
    Wayne Federman (Fantasy baseball guy)  
    Melinda Bennett (Dr. Pellagrino's nurse)  
    Matt McKane (Club bartender)  
    Steven Brill (Ben's boss)  
    Ana Mercedes (Maria)  
    Nadine Griffith (Maternity nurse at desk)  
    Diane Schaller (Delivery nurse)  
    Emersen Riley (Jonah's girlfriend)  
    Stormy Daniels (Lap dancer)  
    Nautica Thorn (Lap dancer)  
    Mary Brill (Real estate agent)  
    Lolita Mastrolia (Daughter in waiting room)  
    Joseph T. Mastrolia (Father in waiting room)  
    Tracy Hartley (Lamaze instructor)  
    Jeffrey L. Wilson (Record store customer)  
    Jessica Alba (Herself)  
    Steve Carell (Himself)  
    Andy Dick (Himself)  
    James Franco (Himself)  
    Eva Mendes (Herself)  
    Ryan Seacrest (Himself)  
    Dax Shepard (Himself)  

Summary: 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. 

Production Company: Apatow Productions  
Production Text: A Judd Apatow film
Distribution Company: Universal Pictures (NBC Universal)
Director: Judd Apatow (Dir)
  Matt Rebenkoff (1st asst dir)
  Dawn Massaro-Adams (1st asst dir, 2d unit)
  Courtenay Miles (2d asst dir)
  Heather Grierson (2d asst dir, 2d unit)
  Paul B. Schneider (2d 2d asst dir)
  Aaron Critchlow (DGA trainee)
Producer: Judd Apatow (Prod)
  Shauna Robertson (Prod)
  Clayton Townsend (Prod)
  Seth Rogen (Exec prod)
  Evan Goldberg (Exec prod)
Writer: Judd Apatow (Wrt)
Photography: Eric Edwards (Dir of photog)
  Josh Bleibtreu (Dir of photog, 2d unit)
  David B. Nowell (Aerial dir of photog)
  Paul Rosenfeld (Cam/Steadicam op)
  Nils Benson (Cam op)
  Scott Rathner (1st asst cam)
  Paul Horn (1st asst cam)
  Don Steinberg (1st asst cam, 2d unit)
  Peter Geraghty (2d asst cam)
  Paul Tilden (2d asst cam)
  Steven Cueva (2d asst cam, 2d unit)
  Greg Kurtz (Film loader)
  Donald L. Bixby Jr. (Chief lighting tech)
  Marc Marino (Best boy elec)
  Jason Brunelle (Set lighting tech)
  Jimmy Ellis (Set lighting tech)
  Gordon Eto (Set lighting tech)
  Earl D. Gayer (Set lighting tech)
  William Streit (Set lighting tech)
  Chris Weigand (Set lighting tech)
  Craig A. Brink (Rigging gaffer)
  David Diamond (Best boy rigging elec)
  Brandon Ainsworth (Rigging elec)
  Randy Babchuck (Rigging elec)
  Kevin Cadwallader (Rigging elec)
  Gustavo Graciano (Rigging elec)
  Glen Magers (Rigging elec)
  Marc Salter (Rigging elec)
  Mark Wostak (Rigging elec)
  Doug Cowden (Key grip)
  Walter Royle (Best boy grip)
  Gary A. Williams (Dolly grip)
  Anthony Thomas (Dolly grip)
  Bruce Byall (Grip)
  Shannon Deats (Grip)
  Sam Escobar (Grip)
  Grant Goza (Grip)
  Eric Leach (Grip)
  Matt Jackson (Grip)
  Tomy Sommo (Grip)
  Teague Uva (Grip)
  Jeffrey L. Wilson (Grip)
  Brady Majors (Key rigging grip)
  Caleb B. Nelson (Rigging best boy grip)
  Craig Bilodeau (Rigging grip)
  Pete Johnson (Rigging grip)
  Cory Peavler (Rigging grip)
  Edward Pickrell (Rigging grip)
  Lance Robinson (Rigging grip)
  Bill Schwocho (Rigging grip)
  Hannes Steixner (Rigging grip)
  Jay Huntoon (Video assist)
  Steve Irwin (Video playback)
  Eric Roberts (Video playback artist)
  Tom Schurke (Video playback op)
  Suzanne Hanover (Still photog)
  Casey L. Kamps (Dailies projectionist)
  Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment, Inc. (Cam cranes & dollies by)
  Dennis Geraghty (Cam prod asst)
Art Direction: Jefferson Sage (Prod des)
  Lauren Polizzi (Art dir)
  Ari Jacobs Libarkin (Art dept coord)
  Hunter Woo (Art dept prod asst)
Film Editor: Brent White (Ed)
  Craig Alpert (Ed)
  Melissa Bretherton (Addl ed)
  Scott Davids (Assoc ed)
  Ray Neapolitan (1st film asst ed)
  Laura Behary (Film asst ed)
  Colin Patton (Avid asst ed)
  Jim Carretta (Editorial prod asst)
  Joe Schiff (Dial ed)
  Gary Burritt (Negative cutter)
Set Decoration: Chris Spellman (Set dec)
  Elizabeth Lapp (Set des)
  Elizabeth Maccarone (Set des)
  Masako Masuda (Set des)
  Mark Weissenfluh (Leadman)
  Sean Mannion (Prop master)
  Michael Glynn (Asst prop master)
  Bert Smith (Asst props)
  Jon Nicholson (On set dresser)
  Jack Blanchard (Set dresser)
  Mark Green (Set dresser)
  Scott G. Jones (Set dresser)
  Adam B. Kirby (Set dresser)
  Anthony Klaiman (Set dresser)
  Nashon Petrushkin (Set dresser)
  Kristen Gassner (Buyer)
  Anthony Lattanzio (Const coord)
  Christopher W. Meyer (Gen foreman)
  Anthony Godfrey (Propmaker foreman)
  Terry Miller (Labor foreman)
  Eugenio Quinteru (Plaster foreman)
  David Goldstein (Paint foreman)
  Bill Hoyt (Standby painter)
  Armando Abarca (Drapery foreman)
  Tony Castagnola (Greensforeman)
Costumes: Debra McGuire (Cost des)
  Joseph T. Mastrolia (Cost supv)
  Katrina Mastrola (Cost supv)
  Jennifer Iizuka (Key set cost--women)
  Michael A. Russell (Key set cost--men)
  Catherine Hahn (Cost)
  Winifred Clements (Cost buyer)
  Samantha Davis (Cost dept prod asst)
  Michelle Finkelstein (Cost dept prod asst)
Music: Loudon Wainwright III (Mus)
  Joe Henry (Mus)
  Jonathan Karp (Mus supv/Mus ed)
  Kathy Nelson (Exec in charge of mus for Universal Pictures)
  Lyle Workman (Addl mus)
  David Piltch (Bass)
  Jay Bellerose (Drums)
  Richard Thompson (Guitar)
  Greg Leisz (Guitar)
  Patrick Warren (Keyboards)
  Van Dyke Parks (Accordian)
  Ryan Freeland (Score rec and mixed by)
Sound: David MacMillian (Sd mixer)
  Scott Millan (Re-rec mixer)
  David Parker (Re-rec mixer)
  Cindy Marty (Sd eff ed)
  Jack M. Nitzsche (Boom op)
  Harrison Marsh (Boom op)
  Kevin Patterson (Sd utility)
  George Anderson (Supv sd ed)
  Cherie Tamai (1st asst sd ed)
  Tammy Fearing (Supv ADR ed)
  Bill Burns (ADR asst ed)
  Greg Steele (ADR mixer)
  Theo Borders (ADR voice)
  Ranjani Brow (ADR voice)
  Rachel Crane (ADR voice)
  Caitlin Cutt (ADR voice)
  Wendy Hoffman (ADR voice)
  Scott Menville (ADR voice)
  Shani Pride (ADR voice)
  Christina Rodgers (ADR voice)
  Justin Shenkarow (ADR voice)
  Shane Sweet (ADR voice)
  Hans Tester (ADR voice)
  Tyler Zaentz (ADR voice)
  Greg Zimmerman (ADR recordist)
  Drew Webster (Dubbing recordist)
  Goro Koyama (Foley artist)
  Caoimhe Doyle (Foley artist)
  Andy Malcolm (Foley artist)
  Don White (Foley rec mixer)
  Ron Mellegers (Foley rec mixer)
  Anna Malkin (Foley rec asst)
  Jenna Dalla Riva (Foley rec asst)
  Footsteps Post-Production Sound, Inc. (Foley rec at)
  Thom Ehle (Dolby Sound consultant)
Special Effects: Matt Sweeney (Spec eff supv)
  Steve Luport (Spec eff tech)
  Lucinda Strub (Spec eff tech)
  YARD FX (Main titles and opticals by)
  Right Lobe Design Groups (End titles by)
  Perpetual Motion Pictures (Visual eff)
  Pacific Vision Productions, Inc. (Visual eff)
Make Up: Ann Pala Taylor (Key makeup artist)
  Kathleen Freeman (Asst makeup artist)
  Corina C. Duran (Addl makeup artist)
  Alexis Walker (Addl makeup artist)
  Matthew Mungle (Prosthetic des & application)
  Clinton Wayne (Prosthetic application)
  Ruth Haney (Prosthetic application)
  Thomas Real (Key hairstylist)
  Nanxy Tong-Heater (Hairstylist)
  Pauletta Lewis-Irwin (Addl hairstylist)
  Charlotte Parker (Addl hairstylist)
Production Misc: Allison Jones (Casting)
  Latrell Manuel (Casting)
  Dorian Frankel (Casting asst)
  Dee Dee Ricketts (Extras casting)
  Carla Lewis (Extras casting)
  Tina Kerr (Extras casting)
  Wendy Hoffman (ADR voice casting)
  Clayton Townsend (Unit prod mgr)
  Gary R. Wordham (Prod supv)
  Lisa Rodgers (Post prod supv)
  Barrett J. Klausman (Prod coord)
  Selena Carrillo (Asst prod coord)
  Brook Worley (Asst prod coord)
  Donna Langley (Studio exec)
  Holly Bario (Studio exec)
  Erik Baiers (Studio exec)
  Rebecca Asher (Scr supv)
  Andrew Epstein (Asst to Mr. Apatow)
  Greg Cohen (Asst to Mr. Apatow)
  Lisa Yadavaia (Asst to Mr. Apatow)
  Mike Revell (Prod accountant)
  James O. Maull (Post prod accountant)
  Eileen Dennis (1st asst accountant)
  Naomi Catalano (2d asst accountant)
  Jennifer Jacobs (2d asst accountant)
  Karen M. Fuchs (Payroll accountant)
  Luika Imaoka (Const accountant)
  Erica Gonzales (Accounting clerk)
  Boyd Wilson (Loc mgr)
  Brad Bell (Key asst loc mgr)
  Jacob Charney (Key asst loc mgr)
  Naomi Motohashi (Key asst loc mgr)
  James Small (Asst loc mgr)
  Justin Harrold (Loc prod asst)
  Jacob Torres (Loc prod asst)
  Peter McKernan (Helicopter pilot)
  Lance Strumpf (Ground safety coord)
  Kate Galbraith (Prod secy)
  Kathryn Tucker (Set prod asst)
  Blake Nabavi (Set prod asst)
  Jadi McCurdy (Set prod asst)
  Marike Jainchill (Set prod asst)
  Matthew Bass (Office prod asst)
  Michelle Beress (Office prod asst)
  Chase Fein (Office prod asst)
  Stuart Bam (Office prod asst)
  Robbie Woolrich (Office prod asst)
  Shaun O'Banion (Cast prod asst)
  Richard P. Lewis (Cast prod asst)
  Michael Shannon (Transportation coord)
  Oliver Eisinger (Transportation capt)
  Jayson Chang (Transportation dispatcher)
  Julie Sanders (D.O.T. compliance coord)
  Deborah Wuliger (Unit pub)
  Melody Murray (Assets)
  Gala Catering (Caterer)
  Joyce Mannion (Food stylist)
  Chance P. Tassone (Craft service)
  Joseph Milito (Craft service asst)
  Rhona Gordon (Studio teacher)
  Didi Vitale R.N. (Infant nurse)
  Erika Bryce Poniewaz (Set medic)
  Susie Schelling (Medical tech adv)
Stand In: Malosi Leonard (Stunt coord)
  Matthew Leonard (Stunt player)
Color Personnel: Technicolor Digital Intermediates (Digital intermediate)
  Jeff Smithwick (Digital film colorist)
  Jimmy Fusil (Digital intermediate prod)
MPAA Rating: R
Country: United States
Language: English

Music:
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.
Composer: Richard Jones
  Will Adams
  Lily Allen
  Iyiola Babatunde Babalola
  Eithne Ni Bhraonain
  Peter Blegvad
  Joe Cain
  Victor Carraway
  Brian Case
  Murray Cook
  Cathy Dennis
  Robert Diggs Jr.
  Clement Dodd
  René Dupéré
  Bob Dylan
  Melissa Elias
  Robert Ellen
  Mark Oliver Everett
  Jay Farrar
  Jeff Fatt
  Stacy Ferguson
  Anthony Field
  John Field
  Michael Fratantuno
  Floyd I. Gaugh IV
  Graeham Goble
  Eddy Grant
  Terence Yoshiaki Graves
  Roger Greene Jr.
  Jered Gummere
  Beck Hansen
  Nick Heyward
  Mildred J. Hill
  Patty S. Hill
  Nathan Holmes
  Chad Hugo
  Kai Huppunen
  Nathan Jerde
  Henrik Jonback
  K. Jones
  Russell Jones
  Christian Karlsson
  John King
  Brian Lapin
  Craig Lawson
  Tommy Lee
  Jerry Leiber
  Darren Emilio Lewis
  Dominic Lindsay
  Josef Lord
  Sananda Maitreya
  Bob Marley
  Damian Robert Nesta Marley
  Stephen Marley
  Evan Mast
  Klas Meine
  Matthew Miller
  Jackie Mittoo
  Reggie Moore
  Junior Murvin
  Aaron Fabian Ngawhika
  Bradley James Nowell
  Conor Oberst
  Sean Oliver
  David Robert Pack
  Greg Page
  Lee Perry
  Kate Pierson
  John Powell
  Herman Rarebell
  Darryl Richardson II
  Nicky Ryan
  Roma Shane Ryan
  Demetrius Christian Savelio
  Rudolf Schenker
  Fred Schneider
  Mike Simpson
  Mike Stoller
  Scott Storch
  Keith Strickland
  Mike Stroud
  Horace M. Swaby
  Bobby Troup
  Jeff Tweedy
  Michael Tyler
  Loudon Wainwright III
  Voletta Wallace
  Josh Werner
  Pharrell L. Williams
  Cindy Wilson
  Eric John Wilson
  Ricky Wilson
  Pontus Johan Winnberg
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Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Universal City Studios, LLP 31/5/2007 dd/mm/yyyy PA0001375523

PCA NO: 43288
Physical Properties: Sd: dts Digital Sound; SDDS Sony Dynamic Digital Sound; Dolby Digital in selected theatres
  col: Technicolor
  Lenses/Prints: Filmed with Panavision cameras & lenses

 
Genre: Romantic comedy
 
Subjects (Major): Love
  Maturation
  Pregnancy
  Roommates
  Sisters
  Television personalities
 
Subjects (Minor): Age
  Amusement rides
  Birth control
  Birthdays
  Celebrities
  Children
  Dancing
  Drunkenness
  Employer-employee relations
  Family relationships
  Friendship
  Gynecologists
  Hallucinogenic drugs
  Henpecked husbands
  Hospitals
  Las Vegas (NV)
  Laziness
  Marijuana
  Marriage
  Nieces
  Nightclubs
  Nudity
  Promotions
  Television

Note: 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. 

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Daily Variety   14 Mar 2007   p. 6, 20.
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Daily Variety   1 Jun 2007   p. 1, 32.
Daily Variety   4 Jun 2007   p. 1, 24.
Entertainment Weekly   1 Jun 2007   pp. 19-20.
Entertainment Weekly   8 Jun 2007   pp. 30-35, 60-61.
Entertainment Weekly   17 Aug 2007   pp. 20-28.
Entertainment Weekly   5 Oct 2007   p. 58.
Hollywood Reporter   22-28 Aug 2006   p. 27.
Hollywood Reporter   14 Mar 2007   p. 20.
International Cinematographer's Guild   Jun 2007   pp. 31-32, 34-35.
LA Citybeat   31 May--6 Jun 2007   p. 16.
Los Angeles Times   31 May 2007.   
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New Yorker   4 Jun 2007   pp. 88-89.
Newsweek   4 Jun 2007   pp. 64-66.
Rolling Stone   14 Jun 2007   p. 110.
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Variety   27 Aug 2007.   
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