Outstanding !! Yet Another Newly Inducted Classic !!
'Superbad' is "Supergood." We have been graced with another Judd Apatow-produced raunchfest; with the truth of the way-above-average teen comedy far from disappointing. A movie arriving on a tide of comic enthusiasm.
'Superbad', which was directed from Greg Mottola (The Daytrippers) from a loquacious script by 'Knocked Up' star Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, has inumerably funny moments; so many in it's first acts alone. It's also blessed with a trio of superb comedic performances by its young leads that should secure them each long and healthy acting careers.
The film has a dearth of truly original ideas. It's a picture that seems overly in love with every last one of its comic bits; whether they're amusing or merely nostalgic. Rogen and Goldberg first wrote the script when they were teens and it's clearly jammed with autobiography (they even name their leads Seth and Evan), and it shows that Mottola and Apatow did quite the "extra" cherry-picking to keep things moving swiftly as they always do.
For Apatow, that's no great surprise, considering his last two efforts (as Writer/Director), 'Knocked Up' and 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin', brought a package filled with big-huge, audience-friendly laughs.
While it's being touted as this decade's 'American Pie', 'Superbad' holds a one-day setting; making it more like a genitalia-obsessed 'American Graffiti', spiked with a boatload of cheerfully vulgar chatter. The movie follows a pair of childhood buds — the chubby, volatile, sex-crazed Seth (Jonah Hill) and the gentle, Dartmouth-bound Evan (Arrested Development's Michael Cera)— on a knuckle-headed mission to lose their virginity before senior year ends.
Along with a third pal, the intrepid nerd Fogell (scene-stealer Christopher Mintz-Plasse), these high schoolers muddle their way through a wild and unique series of obstacles en route to a cool kids' party where said "virginity loss" seems like a sure thing.
On this wacky journey, parts of Fogell's nerve-wracking assignments are to score the evening's booze which provides some major guffaws. The film gets so much mileage from this goofball's fake ID, which identifies him as a 25-year-old Hawaiian resident named "McLovin", it's practically its own character.
Dually successful are the pair of assinine Cops; played by Rogen and SNL's Bill Hader, who endlessly intersect with Fogell. These so-called Law Enforcers are so irresponsible you hope it'll turn out they're not Cops after all.
On the flip side, as the adorable classmates who horndogs Seth, Evan, and "McLovin" each set their sights on, Emma Stone, Martha MacIsaac, and Aviva are ideal, with MacIsaac's drunken seduction of Evan a go-for-broke treat.
At the film's core is a poignant message about teen male friendships that smartly balances the bawdy nuttiness that surrounds it. It's a testament to Hill and Cera's acting abilities that they pull off their squishy final moments together as nicely as they do.
If they're not best friends in real life, you could've fooled me.
Guaranteed Success !!!! Extremely Fun !!!!
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Let me just start of saying: This is the best movie of the year. I loved this movie from five minutes into it. Like I have said in my reviews of "Ratatouille", and "Alpha Dog", both of which you should check out my reviews of, I don't give movies the 4 star rating often at all. Especially this year which I have only given out 3 4 star's. "Ratatouille", "Alpha Dog", and "Superbad". This is number 1 on my greatest movies of the year list. I do not laugh often at movies, but this one was funnier than "Hot Rod", which also very good. One of the funniest parts is when the character played by Jonah Hill, who is a great young actor, starts explaining about he used to draw pictures of penis's, and had an obsession for it, until one day the pictures were found after falling out of his lunchbox, in which it shows a flashback to the whole thing, and shows the most penis's I have ever seen drawn in my life, some in costumes, some not, but not getting of subject too much. McGlovin, or however the heck you spell it, is quite possibly one of the greatest characters in the history of comedy. Everything he does in this movie is F -ing funny. Another funny scene is when McGlovin, and the two cops get drunk, and then he shoots, and blows up the cop car. This movie is definitely not for kids any younger than me (I'm 14). But I have a wide love and knowledge of movies, and I know masterpieces when I see them. A true comedy classic. The best film of the year "Superbad", is a masterpiece. I give it "4 out of 4 stars." Check out my other reviews as listed earlier, including "Hot Rod".
Not as Funny as Expected
I loved the cast, everyone is great - Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Seth Rogen, everyone!
This movie I found to be kind of disappointing. Except for the cops and a character named McLovin', I found this movie to be kind of boring and a little drawn out, like they were trying way to hard to be funny.
After watching movies like Knocked Up and 40 Year Old Virgin, I expected much, much more from this movie and was disappointed.
To be perfectly honest, I felt it was a big waste of time and talent for this incredible cast.
I would recommend watching this once, you HAVE to get to know McLovin and Bill Hader and Seth Rogen as the cops are fantastic! See if your friend can loan you their copy, or go rent it.
Super Fun- Don't be too quick to dismiss this film
First, please know this film is not for kids and young teens. It has very mature themes and obscene language is pervasive. The first five mintues of this film contains more sexual references than any movie I've seen...in fact, probably more than all other movies I've seen combined.
That being said, this is a really fun film -full of unexpected laughs. It was certaily much more than I expected. This is not a typical teen movie. If anything, it takes you back to those awkward teenage years where you are at a crossroad. Not a child, still not quite an adult, graduating from high school and about to leave friends and family behind. It's about one last chance to attain any unfulfilled goals.
This film has a way of drawing you in so that you enjoy the ride right along with the characters. I can't imagine anyone walking away from this film without a smile. And in the end, that's the true mark of a great movie.
Michael Cera, Jonah Hill and Seth Rogan star in this 2007 comedy.
Two nerdy teens get into mischief while tring to lose their virginity
before college. This is a funny film and Seth is great as usual.
This dvd not only has nice picture and sound, but it's unrated
with cool extras. I recommend this.