This is a precious addition to my DVD Comedy collection. Katherine Heigl is a GREAT SPORT in allowing herself to become part of Seth Rogen's World - I mean, you hardly find someone as intensely HOT as Heigl agreeing to (of course artificial) shots of her as-yet-unborn baby crowning and descending into a world of pot and live-for-the-moment that epitomises Ben's (Seth Rogen's) world. Before that chance encounter in a night-club, hers was as pristine a world as it could ever be, but after a few drinks too many and the famous words, "Do it already!", things never were the same again.
The movie is so funny because of Rogen's genius improvisational skill and how well that played off of Heigl's almost innocent character. The interplay is so unbelievably funny that I've wondered if in the script, against Ben Stone's name, there are the words, "Let Seth Rogen do and say whatever he wants - it'll be funnier than anything we can write anyway."
Here is what has me thoroughly confused, however - the search for someone to play Ben Stone that appears in the Special Features section of the DVD. I kept going, "What?!" "Is this for real?!"
First, I have never seen, in similar sections of other DVDs, i.e., casting and screen tests and so forth, the actual individuals who auditioned and didn't get the part (except where, for example, it's already made the news like, say, "Gary Oldman turned down an offer to play X in Y movie, and the part went to Tim Roth").
Second, not only were the names of the Ben Stone "hopefuls" mentioned, but there were EXTENSIVE shots of them in scenes with Katherine Heigl, showing where the process broke down and led to endless bleeping out of cussing, and smashing of props, and accusations of "stifling my creativity", and so on!!
I mean, guys like Michael Cera and Justin Long were having it out with Director Judd Apatow, which was, to say the least, bizarre. There were also some ridiculous choices for Ben Stone, like Gerry Bednob and others, which started me thinking that all of these "contenders" for the character of Ben Stone, and the accompanying audition footage, and negative comments by other cast members, had to be an ENORMOUSLY ELABORATE April Fool's Day joke on the viewers by Judd Apatow.
I dunno - it was all surreal. Actual audition footage of those who did not make it, with so many manifestations of acrimony would typically be edited out and not find its way into the DVD, but there it is.
For shock value, both behind the scenes AND in the movie, you can't miss with this DVD. But ultimately it's all about laughs, and when you include Seth Rogen's unique and unforgettable laughter, you will not be disappointed in this picture.