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Knocked Up

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Source: Catholic News Service

Extremely raunchy romantic comedy about a slacker (Seth Rogen) and a fetching blonde (Katherine Heigl) who meet at a Los Angeles nightclub and then try to deal responsibly with the consequences. Director-writer Judd Apatow pushes the envelope on a number of fronts and while his beauty-and-the-geek story contains some genuine wit and positive sentiment, the amount of obscene material and the generally degrading tone of the discourse washes way any laudable message. Constant rough and crude language, pervasive coarse sexual and scatological humor, unmarried sex, frequent drug use and drug references, condom use, abortion discussion, rear male and upper female nudity, explicit shots of childbirth, and some ethnic slurs. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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