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Superbad February 26, 2008

Posted by Shujath in English, Movies, Reviews.
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The team of Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Judd Apatow first collaborated together in the sleeper hit “The 40 Year Old Virgin”. Then came last year’s “Knocked Up” which many critics have cited it as their favorite film of 2007. They again followed it up later in the year with their super-successful “Superbad”. Again, lots of critics have considered it to be best high-school teen comedy ever. They probably aren’t off the mark. Superbad made me laugh out loud than any other film I’ve seen in this genre.

It doesn’t try to tread a different path when it comes to the story – still the familiar bunch of oversexed guys who are desperate to get laid once before they finish school. In this case Evan and Seth who’ve never successfully made it to a party before have a final chance at getting laid at one – only this time they have the onus of bringing in the alcohol. Assisting them in this task is their friend Fogo/McLovin, who with his fake id claims to get them the drinks. Their (mis)adventures constitute the rest of the movie.

What differentiates this movie from other teen comedies (like American Pie series, Road Trip etc.) is its reliance primarily on outrageously hilarious dialogue rather than characters caught in risque situations. Seth (Jonah Hill) – the guy with a major “dick fixation” gets to mouth the filthiest stuff and is the major source of humor in this movie. However, it is debutant Christopher Mintz-Plasse’s turn as “McLovin” which is the funniest part of the whole enterprise. The entire sequence which begins with him announcing his fake id to Seth till the arrival of the cops in the liqour store is the one I enjoyed the most. Michael Cera gets a relatively less conspicuous role but nonetheless he shines.

In a short period of time Rogen, Goldberg and Apatow seem to have became the kings of adult comedy – with the envious distinction of scoring box office successes accompanied with even greater critical acclaim. Their next venture “Pineapple Express” is due to come out in April….should be interesting to watch (if it makes it to theatres here)!


1. CMrok93 - August 28, 2010

“Superbad” is one of the funniest and best buddy/coming-of-age comedies I’ve seen in a long, long time. The Jonah Hill/Michael Cera pairing is pure genius because their comedy styles, although totally different, work swimmingly together. Don’t even get me started on Mintz-Plasse as McLovin, the wannabe Irish R&B singer. B-E-A-Utiful.

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