One of Seth Rogen's most underrated comedies sees resurgence in popularity on Netflix

It might not be Seth Rogen's most popular movie, but Knocked Up is still a fantastic option to watch (or rewatch) anytime.
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Looking for something light and funny to watch on Netflix this weekend? May I point you in the direction of one of Seth Rogen's best — and one of his most underrated — comedies? When you think of the Emmy Award-nominated comedian and his decades-long career in front of and behind the camera, you might think of movies like Superbad, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, or even Neighbors first. And while those are all undoubtedly great (and ones I've seen dozens of times) another comedy worthy of making the list of Rogen's best movies in a top spot is Knocked Up.

Knocked Up is the perfect easy weekend watch

Knocked Up premiered in theaters in June 2007 and saw both critical and box office success. This time around, Rogen served as an executive producer and the star of the movie, playing protagonist Ben Stone. Judd Apatow wrote and directed the movie. As the title indicates, Knocked Up follows an unexpected pregnancy after Ben spends a drunken night with a woman named Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl). While Alison is moving up in the corporate world working at E!, Ben is an unmotivated stoner who doesn't have a job. Despite their differences, they eventually fall for one another. But their relationship is far from conventional.

Watch the trailer for a closer look at Knocked Up:

Many streaming services — especially Netflix — do a great job bringing life back to older movies by introducing them to new audiences when they're added to their platforms. Knocked Up was just added to Netflix US on April March 16, and already, it's in the Top 10 movies list. At the time of this writing, it's sitting in the No. 5 spot, and I'm sure it'll only get more popular as the weekend begins. I'm certain many people are watching it for the first time and realizing how great of a movie it is, which is awesome!

Knocked Up also stars the amazing Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd, as well as Jason Segel, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, and Martin Starr. Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, and Charlyne Yi have minor roles and are super funny in the movie. Apatow and Mann's real-life daughters Maude and Iris Apatow also have parts, portraying Alison's young nieces.

There's no doubting how popular Knocked Up was when it premiered in 2007 (I distinctly remember renting it at Blockbuster when it came out on DVD) but when you look at Rogen's long list of iconic titles, this one sometimes gets lost in the rankings. That might be because it's a little more wholesome and a little less raunchy than some of his other titles, but it's still absolutely hilarious and a great watch from start to finish. The jokes are great, the actors have fantastic chemistry, and there are surprisingly sweet moments that'll keep you rooting for the characters.

Five years after the release of Knocked Up, Apatow made a somewhat-sort-of sequel, This is 40, following Mann and Rudd's characters. It's not as good as Knocked Up, but it's still worth the watch! This is 40 is not on Netflix, but you can rent it for the low price of $2.04 on Amazon Prime Video.

Although Rogen and Apatow unfortunately feuded with Heigl for years after the release of Knocked Up over negative comments she made about the movie, it seems they've since cleared up their issues — Rogen and Heigl, at least — both saying nice things about one another in interviews.

Already seen Knocked Up and want other comedies like it to watch on Netflix? We recommend Rogen's movies Pineapple Express and Long Shot. For more from Heigl, 27 Dresses is available to stream on Netflix (though it's leaving on April 30) as well as her shows Firefly Lane, Grey's Anatomy, and Suits.

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