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SUPERBAD
Be Super Bad

Director
Greg Mottola

Starring
Jonah Hill
Michael Cera
Seth Rogen
Bill Hader

Finally; geeks played by people who should rightly be dubbed so! I know this may come off as a strange statement but as an ugly young geek I used to become infuriated by the poor depiction of our kind. Now, I'm a sophisticated, successful young man (pffffffffff aha ha ha ha ha!) I can look back on those times and smile… those that weren't blocked out. From the hysterical intro sequence to the repulsive final credit sequence, I found myself genuinely entertained. Superbad is a very good, pointless teen-bloke movie, the likes of Animal House; American Pie tried but fell flat, resorting to simple nudity to boost ratings. First of all, Superbad is not going to be to everyone’s liking. This is a film that uses an excessive amount of expletives and sexual innuendo. I'm not oppressing or condemning such things as it was all delivered in a stupidly comedic fashion but I can imagine this film's high reviews and praise have sparked controversy with finger-waving parents. Still, there's little I can do about that; this is my opinion.

I'm quickly becoming an enormous Seth Rogen fan; he's like my fiancé's brother, Bryan, the kind of cool guy you really wish was your friend and then you remember how amazingly pitiful and unworthy you are as a person. Luckily, Bryan likes me. Moving on, Rogen is a phenomenally funny young actor, the likes of John Belushi and I find myself entranced by his every performance from Freaks & Geeks to Knocked Up. Essentially, the whole plot thread can be summed up in a small phrase: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg write a semi-autobiographical scripted comedy about sex, parties and alcohol abuse in high school. The result is a coarse and vile film, in which very little happens, but a great deal of memories can be retained and quoted. To sum up even more, it's a boy’s film.

Rather than focusing on the lives of a guy and his girl (as many teen-comedies do), Superbad is the story of a friendship which is coming to a close as two students find they didn't get into the same college; a truth which does not fully dawn on them until mid-way through the script. The acting Jonah Hill had me in stitches, giggling away, I know he's not featured in my Highlighted Character section but he is certainly someone we should be keeping a close eye on. I wasn't overly impressed with Michael Cera but when away from Hill, he has his moments to shine. One of the surprise highlights of the film is the agonisingly nerdy Fogell, played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse, who seems to steal every scene he features in. As stated, this film is certainly not going to please or entertain a broad spectrum of movie-goers but for those who enjoy their teen-comedies, this is well worth the watch.

Release Date:
14th September 2007

The Scene To Look Out For:
I rather enjoyed Seth's dream sequence in the supermarket. Convinced Fogell's ID won't fool anyone he strolls over to the liquor section and begins to fantasise different possible outcomes. It's a very simple set-up but I enjoyed it, nevertheless.

Notable Characters:
Offering a contrast to Seth and Evan's journey to score alcohol to impress the ladies, Fogell joins two policemen after being assaulted in a liquor store. For some reason, the biggest running-gag is the name on Fogell's fake ID, McLovin. One word, no first name, just McLovin. The cops take it to be his real name and just go with it. Officers Michaels [Rogen] and Slater [Bill Hader] were absolutely hilarious. I literally enjoyed every single one of their scenes together and no doubt I will start to say McLovin far too much in conversation.

Highlighted Quote:
"Prepare to be fucked by the long dick of the law"

In A Few Words:
"This film really shouldn't have been funny but appealed to the disgusting geeky teenager part of me"

Total Score:
7/10


Matthew Stogdon