Like millions of other Americans, last weekend I went to see Knocked Up, the new movie from Judd Apatow. As you no doubt already know, the film is about what happens when beautiful and successful Allison (Katherine Heigl) is impregnated by schlubby and unemployed Ben (Seth Rogan) after a decidedly ill-considered one-night stand. The film barely considers any possibilities for Allison other than having the baby and raising it with Ben--for better or for worse. Indeed, the word abortion is never uttered, except euphemistically, as in the title of this post. As Avi reminded me, Knocked Up isn't the only recent media text where abortion isn't considered as an option for women even in dire circumstances--for example, the current indie hit Waitress, and even more distressingly, Lost, where abortion isn't even mentioned as an alternative to certain death for pregnant women on the island. It's interesting to contrast this silence on abortion in 2007, especially in Knocked Up--which is otherwise frank and explicit--to the clip from Maude that Susan Murray presented on this blog a couple of months ago. As a critical rhetorical scholar, I can’t ignore that Knocked Up (and Lost and Waitress) contributes to a political environment in which abortion is too controversial even to talk about (not to mention the other potentially patriarchal aspects of the film), even as I found it to be smart and funny in other respects (but perhaps somewhat overrated). So, I’m interested to hear from others--did anyone else experience this tension while watching the film? Is anyone avoiding the film because of its implicit politics? Anyone read it as a feminist film in disguise?