From the guys who brought you Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin comes Superbad. Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera) want nothing more than to hook up with the girls they like before heading off to college. To do that, though, they need to get liquor for the big party that night. With the help of their friend Fogell, a.k.a. McLoving (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), and his fake I.D., the three of them go on a chase for that elusive booze, dodging incompetent cops (Knocked Up’s Seth Rogen and Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader) while attempting to reverse a lifelong losing streak in one hilarious night.
As a fan of both Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, I have to say I disliked this movie intensely. It is an accurate enough portrayal of high school males high on testosterone, the prospect of sex and the promise of graduation. However, it is much cruder than either of the previously mentioned works without the hope of redemption with insightful humor.
For one, every third word is a four-letter word which eventually makes for tedious dialogue. Granted that is how many students in high school speak, but it doesn’t make for enjoyable banter if you are not in high school. Secondly, most of the jokes are straight filthy and will most likely only make the target audience of males in the 13-21 year old demographic laugh. Third, the coming-of-age and looking for sex near high school graduation has been done quite overdone, which only adds to the tedium.
The DVD release does offer tons of Special Features including The Making of Superbad and many scenes cut from the movie. These Special Features will only reinforce your opinion of the movie: in other words, if you loved it then you’ll love the Special Features and if you didn’t, just return the movie as soon as possible like I did.
Review by Marie Holzer