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Superbad

A movie directed by Greg Mottola

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  • Nov 8, 2008
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+3
Pros: It has its funny moments.

Cons: That much swearing?  Seriously?  *cue eye roll*

The Bottom Line: Slightly amusing, but could have easily been better.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.

I hate it when movie trailers trick you.  At least my sister warned me first so I knew what to expect.  I now extend that same warning to you.

Seth and Evan are seniors in high school.  Like many teen boys, they're all about the one last (and first) hurrah with a girl so that by the time they hit college, at least they have some experience.  When their semi-buddy Fogell claims he's getting a fake ID, Evan makes a promise to his crush Jules that he'll arrive at her party with all the booze they want.  What starts out as a simple quest of getting alcohol and then getting laid spirals completely out of control with cops, block parties, old drunks, a few fires and bullets, and a realization between Seth and Evan about what their friendship really means to one another.

Sounds like fun right?  A party on its own?  Mm.  Not quite.  At least, it would have been had a few things been tweaked.  I'll get to that.

On the good side, their outsider pal Fogell gets his fake ID with just the name McLovin on it and it's Fogell's story that's actually the most hilarious.  He ends up hanging out with two wacky cops all night as they speed through lights, pick up calls, and do other un-coplike things.  He's so awkward it's hilarious.  Christopher Mintz-Plasse is the guy behind Fogell and he's just fantastic.  Yet another reason I'm always advocating fresh talent in movies.  Move your butt over Tom Cruise, you're boring and uninspiring.  We want new people.

Seth and Evan have their own interesting adventures and aside from a few issues, are great as your everyday slightly awkward teenagers who don't know what to do when stuck at a party that's way out of their league.  That and Evan can take getting hit by a car like a champ.  Their quest to get alcohol so that the girls they like will get drunk enough to sleep with them isn't exactly far-fetched (though admittedly, I wouldn't know as I never went to any of the high school house parties when I was that age, but I knew they existed).

The problems exist in a few different spots.  First is the amount of swearing.  Okay, I swore in high school, I swear now, and overall it doesn't bother me.  What does bother me is the amount how I seriously doubt they'd swear that much.  I mean, 99% of the words coming out of Evan's mouth seemed to include "fuck" or some variation thereof.  I hung out with college guys that didn't swear nearly that much.  Sure, maybe they didn't do it that much around me, but I don't really think they'd talk like that with each other either or at least to that degree.  In that light, it made a lot of the dialogue just seem fake and annoyingly unnecessary.  Like that was supposed to make it funny and it did the opposite and made it stupid.

Seth and Evan also seemed a lot more awkward than they should have been as high school seniors, but then overall high school kids pretty much suck (as in bullies still bullying and my high school not being as large and thus as diverse in groups as theirs so I can't relate to everyone I guess).  Their escapades weren't as nearly as great as Fogell's and I think their part of the story could have been written to be a great deal funnier.  It had its chuckle-worthy moments, but most of the time I was waiting for the scene to cut back to something with Fogell and the cops.

It's a mixed bag.  It's overkill even for high schoolers, and could have been so much more.  It has a good ending, when we find out whether or not the cops actually are that stupid, if Evan can hook up with Jules, and how Seth reacts to a wasted Becca.  I honestly don't know why movie creators rely on language and grossness to be funny (is the group that finds this stuff amusing really that large?  I think we're starved for actual comedy myself, so we're just stuck going to this crap hoping against hope that something good will come out of it) when there are funnier movies to be had out there.  The truth is that the gag reel was funnier than a lot of the movie.  How sad is that?

Still, I've given it four stars because it is a slight bit above average and did make me laugh and kept me entertained for a while.  *shrug*  Watch at your own risk.

NT

Recommended:
Yes

Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Better than Watching TV
Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age

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Director: Greg Mottola
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: 17 August 2007 (USA)
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Runtime: 113 min
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