What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, like The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up earns its R rating with drug use, strong language (it's constant, particularly "f--k"), nudity, and nonstop explicit conversations about sex. Teenagers will want to see it, especially if they saw Virgin. But be advised -- the main character and his roommates spend nearly all of their time high on marijuana, and the physiological aspects of pregnancy -- from conception to crowning -- are front and center. (On the bright side, after watching all of that, it's a good bet that teens will be much less likely to risk having unprotected sex and may even appreciate what their mothers went through to give birth...)
- Families can talk about the consequences of having sex -- including pregnancy and parenthood.
- How do movies and TV shows usually depict unplanned pregnancy? How is this movie different?
- Does the fact that it's a comedy make the issues seem less serious?
- Do you think Alison and Ben made the right decisions? Why or why not?
- Families can also discuss the "return" of the R-rated comedy. Do the raunchy bits make movies like this funnier, or do they go overboard?