Even after sitting through an extended version of Knocked Up and its more than three hours of extras, I’m still not sure what surprises me more: that a wake-and-bake Fred Flintstone clone like Seth Rogen could wind up with Katherine Heigl, or that he’s even able to produce motile sperm after all the weed he and his dazed and confused pals smoke in the film. Or maybe it’s this: that beneath all of the delightfully lewd riffs on masturbation, drugs, and female genitalia, writer-director-producer Judd Apatow’s comedies end up championing such wholesome values as abstinence (The 40 Year-Old Virgin), friendship (Superbad ), and responsibility (Knocked Up). He may be the sneakiest and snarkiest moralist in Hollywood.
For anyone who doesn’t already know, Knocked Up stars Rogen as Ben Stone, a pot-smoking Peter Pan who’s forced to grow up after a drunken one-night stand with a gorgeous go-getter (Grey’s Anatomy Emmy winner Heigl) leads to a morning-after of hangovers and home pregnancy tests. After becoming the sleeper sensation of the summer, the film now hits the home market awash in bonus features ranging from hilarious (Jonah Hill’s deleted discourse on the lack of graphic gay sex in Brokeback Mountain) to surreal (Rogen’s shirtless alternate takes of scenes) to superfluous (Apatow’s on-set video diaries).
Strangely, it’s the most anticipated extra that feels like the biggest letdown — the commentary track from Apatow, Rogen, and costar Bill Hader (SNL), who periodically interrupts the self-congratulatory guffawing with random impressions of Al Pacino and Vincent Price. B+