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Superbad (2007)
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Review Date: August 17, 2007
Director: Greg Mottola
Writer: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Producers: Judd Apatow, Shauna Robertson
Actors:
Jonah Hill as Seth
Michael Cera as Evan
Seth Rogen as Officer Michaels
Plot:
Two best friends in high school are preparing to go to college, but before they do, they both have to work up the guts to sleep with the respective girls of their dreams, with a party, lots of alcohol and two nutty cops all making their way into their wayward evening. What ensues is a funky potpourri of crude, immature and sexually-laced humor that hits the male G-spot square on!
Critique:
Every now and again, a new teenage flick will hit the cinematic streets and amaze with its ability to make us laugh on a consistent basis, touch base with its teen core audience, remind the older folk what it was like to be a teenager with so little responsibility on the mind (other than looking to get drunk and laid – although some of us “older folk” are still chasing after those two rainbows as well) and turn the cookie-cutter Hollywood versions of a “teen flick” on their respective heads, and SUPERBAD is just that film! Of course it’s no surprise that the man behind one of last summer’s biggest comedic hits, THE 40-YEAR OLD VIRGIN and one of this summer’s biggest comedic hits, KNOCKED UP, Judd Apatow, is involved in this one as well, with yet another great team assembled to deliver the laughs served up via the minds of the (Canadian) writing team of Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen (who also plays the cop with the big-ass mustache in the film).

There are a number of things that click very nicely in this movie with its first half hour coming through as one of the funniest that I’ve seen in a long while with one-liners, crude and sexually explicit humor and behavior all striking bullseyes across the board. The film’s original soundtrack featuring an array of funky and 70s beats also separates it from your typical “insert latest Emo group here” sounding flick and while the movie is rated R for a number of reasons, I would say that its dialogue is probably some of the filthiest (and funniest) that I’ve heard in any film for some time. That said, I was extremely surprised to find no T&A in the movie, especially when you consider that it’s rated R anyway, so why not go all the way with that?! Not sure I understood that omission, but other than that, the film builds up a nice camaraderie between the two lead characters (named after the screenwriters) and played extremely well by Jonah Hill and Michael Cera. Christopher Mintz-Plasse is also a nice third wheel to their best friend duo, and turns the one-word name of “McLovin” into one of the film’s many funny ongoing jokes.

The two older cops in the film, played by Bill Hader and Rogen, also add a little bit of balance to the teens’ immaturity, although to be honest, they might actually have been even more immature than the kids themselves! That was one part of the movie that sorta lost me, as the cops’ uber-recklessness is very funny at first, but after spending so much time with them, it sorta lost its lustre and to a certain extent, our connection with reality. It’s one thing for a couple of cops to fuck around on the side, but to take part in the many illegal things that they do in this film, it just went a little too far, at least…in my opinion. I think they could have cut some of their stuff out, since the flick also felt a touch longer than it could have been. But it’s the film’s consistent and creative humor that keeps this comedic motor chugging away, along with the palpable chemistry between all of the teenagers, the many hilarious situations in which the kids are placed (buying the alcohol with fake Ids, for example), as well as the fantasy sequences and ultimately, the parties, the drinking and the many attempts to score with chicks. As per most Apatow movies, this one also includes some heart with the two lead kids demonstrating a sweet friendship vibe, which ultimately becomes the film’s core…once you get past the period jokes, the penis drawings and the many funny references. Even though I had a couple of small issues with the film, I still recommend this movie very highly and foresee teenagers whacking off all over it…but in a good way!
(c) 2016 Berge Garabedian
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3:21AM on 07/10/2008
One of the funniest movies. I love comedies, the ones that well written and funny!, and Superbad is that and more. With every viewing, I laugh more and more, and find out things I missed. It went straight into my top 5 comedies of all time, and that is not an easy list to make. Anchorman, Swingers, Harold and Kumar, Wedding Crashers are up there, and this movie joins them.
One of the funniest movies. I love comedies, the ones that well written and funny!, and Superbad is that and more. With every viewing, I laugh more and more, and find out things I missed. It went straight into my top 5 comedies of all time, and that is not an easy list to make. Anchorman, Swingers, Harold and Kumar, Wedding Crashers are up there, and this movie joins them.
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11:16PM on 09/16/2007
Awesome funny ass movie! An instant classic! I downloaded this from torrent and uploaded to my video blog http://www.boxsweeper.com Enjoy! ;)
Awesome funny ass movie! An instant classic! I downloaded this from torrent and uploaded to my video blog http://www.boxsweeper.com Enjoy! ;)
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7:33PM on 08/18/2007
I've been a huge supporter of Rogen since he wowed as Ken in "Freaks and Geeks." He was that guy that I remembered going to high school with, sarcastic and cynical while still secretly possessing a heart that was too afraid to be judged harshly by others so instead he beat them to the punch.

I think that's what carries into Jonah Hill's incarnation of Rogen's written version of himself, evident mainly in the drunken discussion that he has with the hot chick.

I understand the lack of
I've been a huge supporter of Rogen since he wowed as Ken in "Freaks and Geeks." He was that guy that I remembered going to high school with, sarcastic and cynical while still secretly possessing a heart that was too afraid to be judged harshly by others so instead he beat them to the punch.

I think that's what carries into Jonah Hill's incarnation of Rogen's written version of himself, evident mainly in the drunken discussion that he has with the hot chick.

I understand the lack of nudity and actually applaud them for it. If they were to have traveled that road it would have turned the movie into a (granted, more intelligent) National Lampoon straight-to-video deal. I like those movies as well, don't get me wrong, but they're different and they're a well-worn road. I also think that Michael Cera's character is an excellent one, that of the smart kid who's friends with the funny but not ambitious fat kid who usually takes the heat and attention away from him. He's not played as a total geek or nerd (no, leave that to McLovin, another character which is a slight deviation from the standard nerd character in the fact that he's a loser who still manages to get laid first) but rather that "good guy" who normally gets shortchanged.

The main thing that I think will hold the movie back is that while it has an underlying respect for women (the lack of nudity and Cera's character not taking "advantage" of the drunken girl that he likes) it also just isn't female friendly. The thing that most women don't understand is that guys just get like this. It's a hormonal thing. It doesn't make you assholes and not only assholes do it. It's just... a guy thing.

I loved the movie, especially the end credits with the various dick drawings.
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11:46AM on 08/17/2007

A really Great Film

I saw it last night and I really enjoyed it. I agree with everything that you said but I think my audience made the movie 100% more enjoyable. Good way to end the summer.
I saw it last night and I really enjoyed it. I agree with everything that you said but I think my audience made the movie 100% more enjoyable. Good way to end the summer.
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