It’s quite likely that you went out to the movies this weekend and saw Knocked Up, the hilarious new film from Judd Apatow. But when you were buying your ticket did you know that you were supporting… plagiarism?!
That’s what Canadian journalist Rebecca Eckler is claiming. She’s suing Judd Apatow and Universal Studios, saying they ripped off her 2004 memoir, called Knocked Up: Confessions of a Hip Mother-to-be. Right off the bat you can see the similarity of the titles, but things only get more damning, according to Eckler: "Both my book and the movie feature one night of passion and the nine months that follow. Fine. Whatever," she writes in an article in Canadian magazine Macleans, which is unavailable online, so I have to go by what the CBC quotes. "But what got me was the fact that ‘Alison’ was an up-and-coming television reporter; in my book, I was an up-and-coming newspaper reporter."
Holy shit. That’s pretty bad. It just gets worse: in the movie Seth Rogen is a Jewish Canadian… and so was Eckler’s fiancée! And just like the movie, Eckler was impregnated by a man she loved… hey, wait a second. I will grant this to Eckler: the character in the movie is pregnant for nine months, much like what happened in the book. That’s pretty eerie, you must admit. In fact, it seems like the details of Eckler’s book – being drunk, accidentally getting pregnant, having a baby – have been ripped off by a number of people I know. I will contact Eckler to let her know who else to serve with papers.
But seriously, without reading the actual article I can’t pass full judgment on this woman and her claims, but it does sound like she’s a real fucking Canucktard.