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Superbad
DVD disk
12.04.2007 By: Sturdy
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Director:
Greg Mottola

Actors:
Jonah Hill
Michael Cera
Seth Rogen

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Two best friends are a couple of weeks from graduation and finally get invited to a party. Unfortunately, they must show up to the party with alcohol if they have any chance of getting the women of their dreams.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I keep saying that Seth Rogen is due for a bad movie. It seems like everything he and Judd Apatow touch turns to comedy gold. Itís almost unfair that they can still be riding such a string of hits since comedy is probably the hardest genre to be consistent at. Well, if you were looking for SUPERBAD to bring them down to earth, youíve come to the wrong place. Dare I say SUPERBAD is probably the funniest of their films.

There are many things that make their films work well, but the most important factor is that they have heart. Through the mask of obscene monologues and tit jokes, thereís actually a story in there that has real characters that people can relate to. It just so happens theyíre hilarious. That was the first thing that stood out to me in this film; the characters had heart, which made them that much more likable and funny.

Of course, it didnít hurt that the two leading characters were played by Jonah Hill and Michael Cera. I think America fell in love with Michael Cera on ďArrested DevelopmentĒ and he continues that funny character in this film. Heís great in it and the character works well. Jonah Hill also impressed me by how natural he looked in a leading role. He seemed right at home delivering the long, expletive laced monologues. It might be who he really is, but I donít care. He was great.

But the real question for a film like this is; is it funny? The answer to that is a resounding yes. Itís laugh out loud, bust a gut hilarious from start to finish. When itís not inducing pains in your side from laughter, itís keeping you entertained with smaller jokes throughout. Not only that, but the film is good too, so youíre actually interested in whatís happening on screen, not just waiting for the next joke. It didnít suffer from dry spells like previous Apatow comedies, the jokes kept coming and the audience kept laughing. Itís a funny film and one you can watch repeatedly.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Judd Apatow, Jonah Hill, Craig Mottola, Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse: Itís a busy commentary, but if youíre familiar with the people, youíll have no problem keeping them separate. Obviously, they donít dive into the technical aspects of making the film and keep it as a normal conversation about their experiences making the movie. Itís pretty good and they provide some decent laughs along the way.

Deleted and Extended Scenes (8:08): These were just as funny as anything in the movie. They could have been put in and it wouldnít have lost a step. However, the movie was getting long as it was, so Iím glad they put these as a special feature.

Line-o-rama (4:15): This is a collection of improvised lines that didnít make the cut. Theyíre funny because you get them in rapid fire succession so it doesnít give you time to be bored. These are very funny.

Gag Reel (4:28): Not many gag reels are worth watching, but this one is great. There are actual funny moments and not just lame line flubs. The whole thing is worth watching and it continues with the humor found in the movie.

Cop Car Confessions (9:45): There are four cameos from people like Justin Long riding in the back of the cop car talking to Seth Rogen and Bill Hader in character. Itís ok, but it gets a little dry after the initial laugh of the situations.

Making of Superbad (13:04): This is better than your average making-of featurette, but itís still a making-of featurette. The cast and crew talk about the basics of the movie and it shows some decent behind the scenes footage.

Vag-tastic Voyage (1:12): This was way out of place and I donít even know why it was on here. Some guy I donít know pays two girls to take their shirts off in his van. Again, I have no idea why this was on here.

Original Table Read (5:22): This is a basic table read, except Seth and Evan are read by Seth Rogen and Jason Segel. This is pretty boring, but it was fun to watch Rogen really get into his character.

Dancing Title Sequence (3:17): Here we get some behind the scenes stuff of Michael Cera doing the dancing title sequence. Actually, thatís misleading because most of the dancing we see is only on the menus, not in the movie.

Pineapple Express First Look (4:27): Pineapple Express is the next film from Rogen and Apatow and I was nervous about James Franco in a comedy role, but he made me laugh a couple of times, so this could be funny.

There are also some Previews
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
In case you havenít picked up on it, I really dug this film and recommend it to everyone thatís not sensitive to foul language. Itís a fun time and is guaranteed to make you laugh. I feel safe in advising you to forget the rental and go straight out and buy a copy.
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