5. Knocked Up (2007)
Original Release Date: June 1, 2007
Box Office Earnings: For an R-rated comedy, Knocked Up did extremely well at the box office. It, along with The 40-Year-Old Virgin, is probably director Judd Apatow’s two most famous movies. It made more than $200 million.
Critical Acclaim: Like many of Apatow’s other films, Knocked Up was critically acclaimed. It was well-received due to its realism, poignancy, and hilarity. Over the years, the film has come under more scrutiny for the way it portrays its female characters.
About the Role: Katherine Heigl plays the female lead, Allison, in the film. Her sister, Debbie, is played by Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd plays Debbie’s husband, Pete. He is a lazy jerk who feels his wife is too controlling. They have marital problems throughout the film.
Simply the Best: Rudd’s role as Pete was well enough received that he returned to play the character in a spin-off film, This Is 40. The follow-up film focused entirely on Pete and Debbie’s relationship and family.
In Knocked Up, many people enjoyed the scenes revolving around Seth Rogen’s character and Pete together. In particular, the part in the film where the two men try mushrooms while in Las Vegas is often considered a fan favorite.