Judd Apatow reunites much of his cast from his hit, The 40 Year Old Virgin in this film, but while I haven’t seen Virgin, hopefully it was better than this.
Ben Stone (Seth Rogen) lives the life of the perpetual frat boy. He doesn’t work; he parties with his boys all of the time; he really likes his marijuana. He has virtually no real adult responsibilities, and isn’t all that ambitious. To give him credit, the main gig all the boys share is the creation of a website that details when nude or topless scenes appear in films, as well as a bunch of stupid side bets.
Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) lives with her sister (Apatow’s real-life wife, Leslie Mann) and her brother-in-law (Paul Rudd) in a little apartment on their property. She works as a Production Assistant at E!. She’s everything Ben isn’t (obviously).
When she gets a promotion to an on-camera position, it’s off to a local club to party down! Hey, Ben happens to be down there with the boys! What a coincidence!!! Everyone meets each other at the club. Blah blah blah. Ben and Alison get really plastered and end up in bed together. The next morning, she realizes that her one-night stand is definitely not dating material in her book. Story over, right? Wrong! Darling Alison is now with child and Ben decides to be a part of their lives.
The main points of this movie? They’re pretty typical, just so you know.
1. People from two different worlds need to come together now that a baby is in the picture.
2. Ben really needs to get his crap together and become a responsible adult and soon-to-be daddy.
3. You deal with life, as it comes, no matter what happens.
To be honest, I didn’t think this movie was nearly as funny as the others in the audience apparently did. There was no need for this to clock in at a little over 2 hours. Despite what the trailers show, this is in NO WAY appropriate for children! It’s rated R for a reason!
If this kind of stuff is your cup of tea, you’ll enjoy it. Personally, I thought that it was a cute movie. Not great, but cute. That isn’t enough to send me back to the theatres to see it a second time, though.
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