Review: Superbad (2007)


Director: Greg Mottola

Starring: Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse

Release Date: 14th September 2007

Almost eight years after Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s dynamite script was brought to life by Greg Mottola, Superbad has become one of those great and rare comedy movies that can safely be called a modern classic.

At a time where American comedy is becoming ever more ‘in your face’, with stars such as Andy Samberg and Amy Schumer slipping into the mainstream and sucking us into their whirlwind personalities, I feel this film deserves to be remembered simply for stepping back and not trying so damn hard to make us laugh. It just does.

Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera) are completely co-dependent best friends and two different types of loser. Seth is the loudmouth asshole that desperately craves attention and approval from the popular kids, whilst Evan is the more stereotypical loser – quiet, anxious, clings to both straps of his backpack. When they hear that Seth’s crush Jules (Emma Stone) is holding a house party, they get dragged in to supplying alcohol for the entire bash under the illusion that it will get them laid. Here lies the introduction of Fogell, more famously known as McLovin’ (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), who offers the use of his ridiculous fake I.D. At the expense of turning up to the party with a total dork, it’s their only choice, so they go ahead. Halfway through buying the beloved booze, McLovin is sucker punched by a robber, who proceeds to take all the cash from the register. When the cops arrive (Bill Hader and Seth Rogen), instead of busting McLovin, they bring him along on their own joyride. As Seth and Evan watch what looks to them like an arrest, they decide to ditch their fallen warrior and continue their frantic search for liquor.

What follows, is the two separate journeys to the same party. Friendships are made and friendships are tested – Seth finds out that Evan will not be going to the same college as him but will be moving in with Fogell at the end of the summer; unlike Seth, Evan wants more than just a one time hook-up with the girl he likes, Becca (Martha MacIsaac), and Seth comes to realise, in such an embarrassing way, that he is not the cool guy he thought he was.

Perhaps the genius of Superbad lies in the fact that Rogen and Goldberg began writing the script when they were only thirteen years old and probably were just two horny teens trying to get booze for a party. But now they are the cops, just adults in teenager’s bodies. Still wanting to get drunk, have a blast and let time stand still. When you watch the film after all this time, this same attitude is reflected in you. It’s a good feeling of nostalgia, which is why I can watch this movie again and again.

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