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Superbad
(2007-08-24)
(wgvu) - Superbad is super good. This is teen sex comedy in testosterone over-drive, and from the first frame until the final shot, it's all about two teenage boys out to obtain alcohol to bring to a party to get girls drunk, so they can get some action. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg began writing this script when they were still in high school, which totally rings true. Jonah Hill is Seth, and Michael Cera is Evan, two best friends on the cusp of high school graduation. Both are obsessed with getting girlfriends for the summer, so that they will be finely tuned sex machines by the time they make college. Seth is smitten by a tall brunette named Jules, and Evan has a crush on a girl named Becca. Seth is a heavy set guy and doesn't believe he has a shot with Jules, and then one day in Home Ec, he gets paired up with her. (clip) To Seth's absolute surprise, Jules invites him to a party at her house. Seth and Evan hang out with a super nerd named Fogle, who has managed to obtain a fake ID. They're elated because now they can buy a boatload of liquor to take to the big party. But then they see that Fogle's alias is McLovin, no first name, just McLovin. (clip) Superbad keeps getting super funny, as the trio split up into various misadventures that involve liquor stores, robberies, crazed stoner parties, and a pair of nefarious police officers. But even as the humor stays gross and profane, the overall tone of the film is one of na ve innocence. For all of their lustful impulses, Seth and Evan are couple of sweet guys, and that's why when the girls are laughing at them, it's more out of affection than malevolence. One interesting aspect of Superbad wasn't apparent while I was watching, I didn't think about it until hours later. The audience only hears what the main characters hear, so they hear what the boys say about the girls, but not what the girls say between themselves about Seth and Evan. It's just one subtlety in the midst of so much hilarious excess. © Copyright 2021, wgvu