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Teen comedy done right.
A Scene from "Superbad."
OPENING WEEKEND: $19,000,000
DOMESTIC TOTAL: $41,000,000
OTHER PREVIEWS: Alatriste (7/10)
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May 14th, 2007: Superbad tells the story of two socially inept teenage boys who are about to graduate high school. For their whole life, they have always been like two peas in a pod and have developed a grossly over dependent friendship. However, they've now been accepted into different colleges and are forced, for the first time in their lives, to contemplate life apart. Evan (Michael Cera) is sweet, smart, and generally terrified. Seth (Jonah Hill), on the other hand, is foul-mouthed, volatile, and obsessed with the topic of human sexuality. This is the story of their misguided attempts to reverse a lifelong losing streak with the ladies in one panic-driven night... that awful, humiliating night you cherish for the rest of your life.

What to Expect: The storyline is rather simple, but its simplicity focuses all the comedy on the dialog and character development. A crush of Seth’s is throwing a house party and, being that they are all underage, she asks him to bring the alcohol. Feeling that doing so will surely get him laid, he and Evan make it their mission to get alcohol, recruiting the help from their even geekier friend Fogell (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) who has just gotten a fake Hawaii drivers license, which unfortunately lists his full name as only “McLovin.”

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No issue is taboo – jokes abound in everything that they do. From their wild Saturday night three person parties accentuated by cheap beer, chips and live streaming videos on bangbus.com; to Fogell’s run in with the less than perceptive police officers (Seth Rogen and Bill Hader) and his impersonation of Chris Tucker’s Smokey in Friday – “Break Yourself, Fool” as he unloads a clip at a stop sign; to being on the lookout for an “African Jew wearing a hoodie” in connection with the robbery of a liquor store – the stage is set for hysterical R rated comedy at its finest.

Judd Apatow is back at it again – producing another blockbuster comedy that we conclude will be like the 40 year old virgin on Viagra! Over the past few years, we have seen several high school, teen movies grace movie theater screens across the country from Old School to American Pie – so what makes this one several cuts above the rest? Well to start off, Superbad is:
  • Produced by one of the most genius men ever: Judd Apatow. His work ranges from other hilarious comedies such as Knocked Up, Anchorman and The 40 Year-Old Virgin. Believe it or not, but the film was turned down by some 18 production companies, before getting greenlighted under the aegis of Apatow, who had cast Rogen in "The 40 Year-Old Virgin." Why the studio resistance, you may ask? "Superbad" might be the most profanity laced, raunchy and hilarious high school movie in the last 30 years! It was therefore no surprise when it was rated R for pervasive crude and sexual content, strong language, drinking, some drug use and fantasy/comic violent images-all involving teens.
  • Written by Seth Rogen and his best friend, Evan Goldburg. Coincidently, the names of the main characters in the movie are Seth and Evan. Or is it? They actually began writing this script together when they were 12, and most of the events were inspired by their teenage years – trying to get alcohol and hoping to get laid. Rogen believes that this is probably the only movie about virgins written by virgins at the time of its writing and how they were able to really funnel a lot of those feelings into it, and to create such a sense of realism in their desperation which is ripped firsthand from the headlines.
  • Directed by Greg Mottola who has done Arrested Development & Undeclared episodes. He first met Seth on the set of Freaks and Geeks in 1999, and had heard about the script he was writing with his best friend Evan in Vancouver, Canada. They reunited again to do the shooting of Undeclared in 2001, when they actually sat down and read the Superbad script with the cast of Undeclared. At that point, Greg knew this was going to be a comedy for the ages!
  • Portrayed by Jonah Hill & Michael Cera – whose on set chemistry is spectacular. These young and upcoming actors are completely on point with their comic delivery of some of the funniest lines I’ve heard in ages. Their performances make this film feel so amazingly real; a feeling like they have known themselves for ages, conjuring a relationship bond similar to what Seth Rogen and Evan Goldburg actually have. Jonah Hill is a natural. He has since played minor roles in Knocked Up (2006), The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005), and after seeing Accepted (2006), he demonstrated that he could be huge in comedy soon. I'm definitely excited to see what he can do in a lead role. On the other hand, it’s also refreshing to see Michael Cera (Evan) in more roles since his comedic genius in Arrested Development. Cera’s character is in many ways, similar to his role played in the episodes of Arrested Development which has honed his unconventional yet superb comical delivery technique.

In Conclusion: Judd Apatow, Greg Mattola, Seth Rogan, Jonah Hill and Michael Cera have all worked together at some time on previous sets, and they all have such a great chemistry with each other – creating several great comedies and television episodes. It’s because they understand one another, what they are capable of and what their limitations are, and so the movies they create just seem to flow, presenting a very authentic and real, yet blisteringly humorous experience. This is one of the main reasons why Superbad is so much more than those regular high school comedies of teens getting drunk and having sex. Don’t get me wrong, it’s going to be nonstop belly hurting laughs from beginning to end, but the true quintessence of the movie is really a story about friendship; a meaningful, strong bond between best friends – a true hetero man-love story that is obviously quite an amusing one as well.

Similar Titles: The 40 Year Old Virgin, Accepted, American Pie, Dazed & Confused, Porky’s
August 17th, 2007 (wide)
December 4th, 2007 (DVD)

Columbia Pictures

Greg Mottola

Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Bill Hader, Christopher Mintz-Plasse

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Rated R for pervasive crude and sexual content, strong language, drinking, some drug use and a fantasy/comic violent image - all involving teens.

114 min





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