Gender-Reversing Judd Apatow's Knocked Up
A couple of the other movie sites, Cinematical and Screenrant in particular, were tossing around fun ideas for a female kick-ass version of The Expendables today, an idea certainly worth discussing. But it not just action movies where female actresses are often overlooked. The precipitous rise of the man-love romantic comedy triggered by Old School and the Apatow revolution, has also demonstrated a lack of decent female-centric comedies. Female actresses are too often cast as the comedic foil, and with few exceptions, rarely the main comedic draw. It’s too bad, too, because with the right ladies, there’s a lot of potential for a seriously funny comedy. And with all due respect to the (sometimes) comedic talents of Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen, there are other faces that I’d prefer to see on the big screen.
So, what if, say, the $150 million ensemble comedy Knocked Up were to be rewritten where, instead of focusing on the guy and his friends, the point of view was reversed, and it instead centered upon the pregnant woman and her friends. There’s certainly something to be said about pregnancy from a man’s point of view (and I found myself identifying a little too often with Knocked Up), but there’s a lot of really gross (and potentially very funny) pregnancy humor that only a woman could successfully exploit. And, for God’s sake, why can’t it be the women sitting around, smoking bongs, and watching television while the upright, career-oriented leading man obsessed about his career?
Just a thought. But if I were to cast the Reverse Knocked Up, I think it’d look something like this:
Jonah Hill —> Ellie Kemper
Martin Starr —> Mindy Kaling
Paul Rudd —> Kristen Wiig
Jason Segel —> Emma Stone
Seth Rogen —> Elizabeth Banks
Jay Baruchel —> Kristen Schaal
Harold Ramis —> Jane Lynch