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    Viewing a Different Romantic Comedy

    A few weeks ago I had a hankering to see a romantic comedy I hadn't seen before. I didn't have a title in mind, so I sent Herman to our local convenience store, Groom's, to rent two DVDs.

    I watched "Knocked Up" that very evening with my aid Kelly. From the title, you can pretty much tell this movie is about a woman getting pregnant.

    Katherine Heigl stars as Alison Scott, a "Type A" woman who works behind the scenes at E! Television Network. Although she is on the career fast track, she lives in the pool house behind her sister Debbie's home, and helps out with her nieces.

    Alison and Ben (Seth Rogen), a 23-year-old slacker who is in the process of establishing a ridiculous Web site, find themselves at the same club where she is celebrating her promotion at E! with her sister. They begin drinking together, and she invites him back to her pool house. The next morning, they learn that they have very little in common. Eight weeks later, Alison begins feeling very sick and finds out that she is pregnant, and she contacts Ben. She tells Ben that she is pregnant and that she has decided to keep the baby.

    Ben and Alison try to make a go of being together for the sake of the baby, but because they are such polar opposites, conflict arises early. Ben's initial response of shock and anger mixed with Alison's frustrations creates tension, resulting in Ben agreeing to take Alison to the OB/GYN to confirm the pregnancy.

    In the meantime, Alison's sister Debbie suspects her husband, played by Paul Rudd, is having an affair when actually he is sneaking out to play fantasy football with the guys.

    Ben's conflict with Alison and Debbie's anger with her husband, Pete, form a bond between the men and they take off for a road trip to Las Vegas. Possibly the funniest scenes in the movie come where Ben and Pete take magic mushrooms while at Cirque du Soleil. While hallucinating, they have a revelation that they should be back in Los Angeles and taking responsibility. Of course, the predictable reconciliations occur with both couples.

    I started watching Katherine Heigl on Grey's anatomy (Thursday's on ABC) and I was happy to find her in a feature film where I wound up liking her as much as on the TV series.

    If you get the chance, rent this movie. It's probably not appropriate for kids in that it has a lot of "colorful language" throughout the picture.


    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com