So, when I watched this film again, I did it with the commentary track turned on. I was wondering if the director, writers, and producer would reveal why this film missed so badly. No luck! They seemed to think the film worked, although there were a lot of references to scenes or jokes that were cut out and how things played to test audiences. Apparently, they were re-shooting parts of the film just a week before it opened in theaters, and a lot of the scenes were being written while they were shooting. The commentary makes the film come off as a total hack job.
The deleted scenes included with the DVD also make me angry. There's over a half hour of extra footage, and almost all of it is funnier than what was actually used in the film. It sounds like a lot of it was cut out to allow the film to get a PG-13 rating. I can also see some of it not playing well for the teen audience they were targeting. Now, the dropped footage is not hysterical; it has some moments that made me laugh, but it wouldn't have saved the film. According to the commentary, a lot of this was in the film during their early test screenings, but when they were trying to fix the problems with the film, they ended up making the comedy a lot weaker, and they ran out of time to try and fix it again before the release.