Is it just me, or have most of the best comedies this year been about someone getting pregnant? Or, in the case of Superbad, someone trying to do the things that lead to spawning a child? It is a trend that hit Hollywood this year and has left us with three of the best films of the year, Juno, Waitress and Knocked Up. All three different in their own ways but all centered on an unplanned pregnancy.
In Juno, Ellen Page plays a 16 year old girl who goes to chair with the geeky Paulie Bleeker (Arrested Development‘s Michael Cera) and comes away with a bun in the oven. She opts for adoption and decides to give the kid over to yuppy couple Mark and Vanessa (Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner). It was a heartwarming dose of reality that brought even the most hardened badass to tears.
Kerri Russell also got pregnant this year — twice. Once as a sassy pie-making server in Adrienne Shelly’s Waitress and once as teen mother to a musical prodigy in August Rush. In Waitress, her character’s disdain with being pregnant was the perfect balance to the film’s awkward brand of comedy. As well, Jeremy Sisto delivered one of the best “bad husband” performances that we’ve ever seen.
And finally we have Katherine Heigl getting Knocked Up by lazy stoner boy Seth Rogen in Judd Apatows raucous summer comedy. If there was ever an unlikely couple to make child, it would be these two. With a supporting cast that almost stole the movie and two leads that were absolutely perfect for their roles, Knocked Up is the ultimate cautionary tale: don’t have unprotected sex with a guy that doesn’t have a job.
So there you have it, three great movies that delivered us three great leading ladies with big ole’ bellies. The only question is which one did we love the most. That leads us to this weekend’s talking point:
Talking Point: What was your favorite comedy about pregnancy in 2007?