SuperbadWith much of the hype around Superbad being that it is from the same people who brought you ”The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up” you would be well advised to take a closer look at the overview section for these movies on IMDB.com.   Oh I’ll save you ten minutes and do it for you.

The common factor here is Writer and supporting actor Seth Rogan.  Rogan who had the male lead in “Knocked Up” and was the burley kinky inventory manager from “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.”  Director and writer of those two movies, Judd Apatow serves as Producer and the writing and direction of “Superbad” definitely benefit from the change in talent roles. 

On screen the talent doesn’t get much more B-List.  Filling the lead roles are Jonah Hill (Seth) and Michael Cera (Evan).  You will recognize Cera as “the kid from Arrested Development”  and aside from his liberal use of the F-bomb he’s playing basically the same “nice kid” Character.   Hill was also in this summer’s “Knocked Up” further legitimizing the loose association between these films. 

Superbad is the story of two high school seniors about to deal with their final two weeks in school.  Unfortunately these two best friends did not get accepted to the same college so making the best of summer is all the more important.  Further complicating the dynamic is the fact that Evan will be rooming with the third wheel of the group Fogell (Christopher Mintz-Plasse).

Through a series of unfortunate events, unfortunate that the setup for the movie falls flat with humor relying mostly on crude language and bad behavior, the boys are invited to a party with one of the hottest girls in the school given the fact that Fogell now has a fake ID and can help provide the party’s booze.

Now that you’ve read that hang out in the Lobby playing the dancing video game machine for about twenty-five minutes to avoid yourself the pain of sitting through this film’s setup.

Once Fogell tries to buy booze with the fake ID in which his name is simply “McLovin” the jokes actually start to get funny.  Especially with the city’s most inept cops (Rogan and Bill Hader) show up to investigate the liquor store robbery which interrupted “McLovin’s” transaction.

Superbad's B-List at best HeroesWith the boys now separated, but trying to get to the same party where the promise of inebriation and sex are abundant we follow the two separate stories.   McLovin is now riding in the cop car with a bag full of liquor as the police take him on the next several calls they get.  This is the much funnier of the two stories.

Meanwhile Evan and Seth are at a much seedier party where they are still trying to get booze for the girls at the high school party.   Here we get the only gross-out joke of the film, a staple of Apatow’s films, however his influence is apparent.

The third act takes place mostly at the high school party where the boys have the liquor and for the first time in their lives are somebody’s at the affair instead of being wallflowers or more likely: not invited.

With the bulk of the humor behind us at this point we get a comment on nervous drunk teenage sex which, is pretty much awkward and embarrassing… still it doesn’t make me feel better for missing out on this in my life.

The movie is carried mostly by Jonah Hill in one plotline and Seth Rogan in the other.  Rogan being the more recognizable face in the film.  Cera’s soft-spokes unsure of himself demeanor is exactly what you saw from him in Arrested Development and is done just as well.  Unfortunately this style character really is best left to the supporting cast, and not as a primary character. This really does provide for some long awkward silences, which cause the film to drag on longer than a theatre-release comedy should probably go.

The movie is rated R for the obvious profanity, the highly descriptive sexual language, excessive under-age drinking and sex.  So don’t take your mother to see this. It is also just shy of two hours with really only ninety minutes of that being decent material and only seventy-five minutes therein is actually good material.  

Superbad just might, and I say this possibly being overly optimistic for the film, that it could be the high school “Animal House” in that it could eventually be a classic film loved for generations to come.  It honestly has that feel, but only time will tell if it gains that universal appeal status.

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