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DVD Review – Superbad

DVD Review – Superbad

 

“Even though Superbad is obviously written by boys for boys, the scenes featuring people getting picked on, and period stains really spoke to me. In fact the only difference between me and the character of Seth (Knocked Up’s Jonah Hill) is that I’m not a fuzzy-haired, festively plump dude.”

 

Director:

Greg Mottola

Written by high school buddies, about high school buddies… for … people…who…went to high school…and may or may not have had… buddies?

 

Superbad tells the story of Seth and Evan (named after Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Knocked Up, Da Ali G Show), writers and executive producers of the film) two best friends who are about to graduate high school. University is about to come between them. And their last opportunity to get some awkward, intoxicated, teenage “McLovin” fast approaches.

Step 1…

Step 2… Go McLovin!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The characters of Superbad do strike the right balance of lame and cool. This makes Superbad relatable, and great fun to watch. And even though Superbad is obviously written by boys for boys, the scenes featuring people getting picked on, and period stains really spoke to me. In fact the only difference between me and the character of Seth (Knocked Up’s Jonah Hill) is that I’m not a fuzzy-haired, festively plump dude.

 

Beatin’ off to the comic potential here…

 

The way Seth and Evan (Juno’s Michael Cera) love each other is the way I loved my best friend in high school (and continue to love her to this day). It’s the kind of friendship that makes high school worth the pain. I’m so glad someone has finally made a movie about it. I tried, then I found out how expensive producing a film set in a high school is. Thanks, Hollywood! Whatever.

 

….yes, I’m definitely about to get my monthlies.

 

4/5

 

Review Update (June 2017): Though all of Superbad‘s main players have since gone on to make a few career missteps (Keeping Up with the JonesesThe LEGO Batman Movie (fuck you), La La Land (you juuuuuuuust wait), Marmaduke….You’re So Hot: Part Deux with Dave Franco & Chris Mintz-Plasse was pretty good), overall this film does stand up pretty well on the re-watch. Maybe better than the initial viewing – wasn’t even on me rags at the time (consummate professionalism as always).

2 Comments
  • Sam Noland
    Posted at 10:11h, 05 August Reply

    I love your point about how the characters strike the balance between lame and cool. Most high school movies involve really cool, successful people with great social lives, and everything turns out great for them. Not only are the characters in Superbad absolute morons, but the ending is optimistic yet ambiguous, and I’ve never seen anything like it.

  • vanessa
    Posted at 12:46h, 12 August Reply

    Thanks Sam. High school is an absurd, visceral experience even for the best of us. And it’s hard to cinematically explore in adulthood without sneaking in ‘the things you would’ve done/said if you could do it all over’. I think tonally the film succeeds, and its mythical quality is arguably a massive part of its appeal. I also selfishly wish it was the only film Chris Mintz-Plasse ever did.

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