Pros: Some funny moments. Hader and Rogen.
Cons: Hill. Very crude. Not that funny overall.
Judd Apatow has been involved with some very popular movies like The 40 Year Old Virgin. While I have liked some of his movies, they aren't my favorites. I really wasn't that interested in seeing Superbad when it came out. I recently found it on one of the cable channels I get and decided to watch it.
Evan and Seth have been best friends for years. They will be going to different colleges, something that is really bothering Seth. With only a few weeks of high school left, they decide they want to have sex before graduation. When their friend Fogell says that he's getting a fake I.D., they come up with a plan to buy alcohol for a party that Jules, the girl Seth has a crush on, is having. Seth is thinking that if the girls are drunk enough, they'll be able to convince them to have sex.
The plan starts to unravel fairly quick. The fake I.D. that Fogell got lists his name as McLovin. He still attempts to buy a variety of alcohol and is punched by someone trying to rob the store. Seth and Even see that two police officers are in the store and they believe that Fogell has been arrested. The two of them head off to find alcohol some other way while Fogler has a wild time with Officer Slater and Officer Michaels.
The plot for Superbad is very simple and not that original. I've seen other movies that deal with basically the same plot that were more entertaining overall. American Pie is one of the better examples of these movies. This movie did have something slightly different going on with the subplot of the friends going to different colleges, but not much is done with that. Seth has some tantrums, going on about Evan bailing on him because he's going to Dartmouth instead of going to the same college as Seth.
Some scenes in Superbad show Evan and Seth at school and how Seth is coming up with a plan for them to have sex. The guys are shown interacting with the objects of their crushes a few times as well. Most of the movie is focused on what happens once the friends put their plan into motion. A lot of crazy stuff happens to them. Some of it is a little surprising, though the movie ends up being more predictable than anything. I didn't really care if things worked out for the characters or not. Things are more interesting when Fogell is with Officer Slater and Officer Michaels.
Superbad is supposed to be a comedy. I remember that the previews played it up like it was going to be one of the funniest movies ever. There are some funny moments in the movie, but it really isn't as funny as the previews set it up to be. Most of what Seth did, including his rants, were probably supposed to be funny. I didn't think he was funny at all and he just came across as a jerk. More stuff with Fogell is funny, especially once he is with the two cops. The humor is twisted and downright crude at times. This type of humor does not appeal to everyone.
Basically everything in Superbad hinges on the fact that Evan and Seth want to have sex before graduation. Seth is especially getting desperate to reach the goal. He is always talking about it. He claims to really like Jules, but he is just looking at her as a sex object that he's willing to get drunk to have sex with. There really aren't any relationships shown in the movie and there definitely isn't any romance. There are some attempts at sex scenes. I did see a version that was edited for television, so I don't know exactly what was shown in the R or unrated versions of the movie. I really don't want to know either. The language was edited in the version I saw as well. From what I read, the language is really bad in the R rated version. This is not a movie for children of any age to see, even the edited version shown on some cable stations.
Seth and Evan serve as the main characters in Superbad. They have been friends for years and are facing going to different colleges. Seth is really upset about that and he does rant at different times. For the most part, I thought he was a sex obsessed jerk and it was hard to like him. Jonah Hill isn't anything special in the part. I don't really like Hill, and this movie did nothing to change my opinion. Evan seems a little more stable and calm. He also wants to have sex with his crush, though he doesn't come across as obsessed about it as Seth does. From the scene set in his room, he seems slightly geeky. He has some kind of comic book artwork on one wall and he's playing a video game. Michael Cera is fine in the part.
Fogell seems like more of a geek. He's also going to Dartmouth in the fall, something that annoys Seth. Fogell is the one that gets a fake I.D. and he gets it with only one name. He is a bit of an idiot, but he is kind of sweet. Christopher Mintz-Plasse does fine with the part. Officer Slater and Officer Michaels are the two cops who Fogell ends up spending a lot of time with. The two do all sorts of things while on duty that they shouldn't - like drink - and they really aren't very good cops. They are entertaining though. Bill Hader and Seth Rogen do good with the parts. Rogen didn't annoy me here like he has in some of his other parts. That might be because he isn't a main character. Rogen wrote the screenplay with his friend Evan Goldberg. I read after seeing the movie that they actually started writing it when they were still thirteen. That could explain some of the issues with the plot.
The other characters that turn up are all flat and one dimensional since they didn't receive any development. Jules is throwing the party that the guys are trying to get alcohol for. She is the one that Seth has a crush on and hopes to get drunk and have sex with her. She's just in a few scenes, though she gets a little more to do later in the movie. Emma Stone is fine in the part. Becca is the girl that Evan is interested in. Nicola is a girl that Fogell hooks up with and she isn't developed at all. Some other flat characters turn up in some scenes and don't really do much.
Michael Cera - Evan
Bill Hader - Officer Slater
Jonah Hill - Seth
Martha MacIssac - Becca
Christopher Mintz-Plasse - Fogell
Seth Rogen - Officer Michaels
Emma Stone - Jules
Greg Mottola - Director
Superbad is available on DVD in a few versions. I have no idea what sort of extras there are. The movie might be out on Blu-ray as well.
Superbad has a few mildly entertaining moments, but the movie really isn't that good or funny overall. Fans of the cast or who have liked other movies that Apatow has been involved with may find something to like about this one.
This review is part of elvisdo's 2011 Funny Pages Write Off because Evan has some kind of comic book art on his bedroom wall. The movie is also part of elvisdo's 2011 Canadiana Write Off. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are from Vancouver. Michael Cera is from Ontario. Martha MacIssac is from Prince Edward Island. The movie also won two Canadian Comedy Awards in 2008, one for writing for Seth Rogen and one for Michael Cera's performance.
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