Comparison between the Theatrical version and the Unrated version (both on the US-DVD from Universal)
- Theatrical version: 95:51 min without end credits (98:57 min with end credits) in NTSC
- Unrated: 98:03 min without end credits (101:09 min with end credits) in NTSC
- 8 cuts, including 2 using alternative footage
- Difference: 131.7 sec (= 2:12 min)
Wheeler (Seann William Scott) and Danny (Paul Rudd) are sentenced to 150 hours of social work which they have to fulfill at the day care "Sturdy Wings". They are assigned two especially problematic cases: the always cursing 10 year old Ronnie (Bobb'e J. Thompson) and Augie (Christopher Mintz-Plasse, probably best known to most as McLovin from Superbad) who completely lives in his own world of medieval-fantasy-role-playing.
Although how the story finally ends might just be as predictable as the development of the subplot about Danny's girlfriend Beth (Elizabeth Banks) who dumped him after an overeager marriage proposal but the hardly innovative basic idea is made into one of the best results possible. This is mostly because of the motivated actors and the pointed dialogues.
Despite of almost universal scatology (especially Thompson who was only 12 when shooting the picture really doesn't mince matters) the movie, fortunately, does not only contain jokes below the belt.
The longer version
At march 10th 09 the US-DVD was released and as it is almost usual these days there is an extended version. At least both versions come on one disc, that way the audience does not have to pay twice for the same movie.
And here we have another example of an Unrated version that does not fulfill the expectations linked to that label, at all. Except for a few more or less irrelevant extended plot scenes and one single extended shot of naked breasts there is nothing special about the new footage. Jane Lynch as the formerly drug addicted leader of the program gets a few more scenes of screen time, and also the affection that "Sturdy Wings"-permanent user Martin has for her only really gets clear in the Unrated version.
But if you watch the Theatrical or the Unrated version does not make too much of a difference, after all.
Running times follow the pattern
Theatrical version in NTSC-speed (Unrated in NTSC-speed)
The Sturdy Wings-commercial is extended, Gayle tells more about her background and there is a little flashback to that.
"In my 20s and 30s, I suffered through an endless cycle of failed relationships and constant feelings of inadequacy."
When Gayle describes her problems with drugs and alcohol ("To make matters worse, I had a massive drug addiction, no money, no job..."), the Unrated shows further flashbacks of her being stoned, going to her room and putting a weapon against her head. Then, during the words "no hope" we fade to the frame of the Theatrical version.
In the Theatrical version she tells this directly into the camera from the beginning and in the beginning we fade a little later to that shot.
no time difference
Gayle tells a little more and Martin presents his pedagogical skills for the first time.
Gayle: "That's right, some kids are allergic to their own sweat. So probably best to put the kibosh on physical activity. Maybe play a board game or tell a knock, knock joke."
Martin pipes up devotedly, she selects him and he says: "Knock, knock."
Gayle: "Who's there?"
Martin: "Mike Snifferpipits."
Gayle: "Mike Snifferpipits who?"
Martin says peevishly: "Mike Snifferpipits who? How many Mike Snifferpipits do you know? Come on! Let me in. It's cold out here! Jeez."
After Wheeler and Ronnie finished talking about breasts the Unrated offers two new scenes.
A dialogue between Danny and Martin that show Martin's feelings towards leader Gayle more than clearly, and a short conversation between Wheeler and Augie.
Martin says: "Too bad old Sweeny herself couldn't come up here for this trip. That would have been fun, huh?"
Danny comments stoically: "Yeah. A real blast."
Martin: "Yeah, she probably just had to hold down the fort."
Danny gets curious: "You got a thing for Sweeny, Martin?"
Martin detracts: "Sweeny? Me? No. Now that is a knee slapper."
Danny just says dryly: "Your erection is showing."
Martin panics and falls to the ground, Danny asks: "You okay?"
Augie is working on the tent, Wheeler comes to him and tells: "Nature. Did you know that bald eagles are known to engage in a bizarre mating ritual where two eagles fly upwards, lock talons, then fall towards the earth while rotating, separating moments before they crash into the ground, if, and only if, they consummate their bird fuck? If they don't, they're willing to accept death by hard ground. It's the ultimate race against the clock."
Augie: "Why are you telling me this?"
Wheeler just says "Why would I not?" and leaves, Augie remains perplex.
altogether 58.2 sec
The Unrated shows Wheeler going to the room with the teacher after Danny got called to dinner at Augie's family.
They enter the room and Wheeler comments: "I should take a piss more often..."
She approaches him and he warns: "I don't know. I don't got a raincoat."
The does not care; "Don't worry. I'm very pro-choice."
They kiss, again.
After the short look to Ronnie while playing XBox the following shot of the two starts a little earlier in the Theatrical version.
+ 1.8 sec
The Theatrical version only shows a short view of the naked teacher, then we see Wheeler a little earlier.
The Unrated shows a longer alternative shot of the teacher, she shakes the upper part of her body and runs her hand through her hair.
Unrated 1.6 sec longer
Before Danny sings the song Martin makes his move on Gayle but only in the Unrated version.
He joins the scene and tears Gayle and Wheeler apart: "Hey, what's going on here? So speaking of whatever you guys were just talking about, I happen to know a really nice Italian restaurant in Manhattan Beach, and I would love to take you if you're interested."
Gayle: "Sure, Martin. I just hope we're talking pasta and not pussy."
Martin: "Well, I was talking about two adults having some pasta, and, yes, I was kinda hoping that it would lead to some pussy. Call it out there. I mean, what are we after here?"
Gayle simply says: "Okay."