Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Superbad - Movie Review

Superbad (R) 114 minutes B
I was surprised to learn that Seth Rogan (Knocked Up) and Evan Goldberg (executive producer-Knocked Up) originally wrote the script for Superbad when they were in high school. They even named two of the main characters after themselves (Seth and Evan).

I'm sure it was written and re-written many times before its conception, but it's making me rethink some of those lyrics I wrote 16 years ago when I was heavily influenced by doom and gloom (my magnum opus back then was a song I wrote called, "Just Kill Me").

Anyway... Superbad is a coming of age film about three high school teenagers, but you don't have to be a teenager to enjoy this wildly entertaining film. With graduation looming, Seth (Jonah Hill), Evan (Michael Cera), and Fogell (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) decide that it's time to up the ante and end their high school career on a high note. Armed with a fake ID, and their teenage libido, the boys are determined to find love, sex and acceptance. Nice guys may finish last, but Superbad proves that even dorks get lucky sometimes.

The film seems to derail ever so slightly when it focuses too much on the crazy cops, and there's moments when Seth's loud mouth rants wear a little thin. But the film's tenderness, balanced with raunchiness ultimately equals an winning comedy. Eighteen year old Christopher Mintz-Plasse and ninteen year old Michael Cera deliver two of the best comedic performances of the year.

If you liked Fast times at Ridgemont High, American Pie, Dazed and Confused, The Forty Year Old Virgin, and/or Knocked Up... This is right up your alley!

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