Superbad

Synopsis: 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 lose their virginity before they head 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. McLovin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), and his fake I.D., the three of them go on a hilarious 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.
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Superbad 7.5

Or, the adventures of three teenage boys who are trying to get laid. Sounds clichéd to you? Well, in that respect it is: it dates back to movies like ‘Porky’s’ and its ilk – and Lord knows there have been many of them.

But this one has a bit of a heart, an emotional centre, rooted in the friendship of two of the main characters. It doesn’t make the film overly sentimental, but it does make the characters feel real and the subsequent twists and turns more likely.

Still, it’s a comedy, and comedy frequently stretches reality a little bit. And, as is the case in films of this genre, it can get really crude – so crude, in fact, that even I winced a couple of times. Says a lot, frankly, so I think that this is one of those movies that should be approached with caution.

On the plus side, there were two twists that I found refreshing: one character, in his quest to woo a girl gets drunk – only to find out that she doesn’t drink and wants to wait until he sobers up. That’s a unique twist in this sort of film, I think, and I loved that the filmmakers didn’t make it all about partying to be cool.

Also, I enjoyed the fact that a couple of the guys actually get a bit emotional with each other. I mean, it was probably done a little bit for laughs (to poke fun at our discomfort of emotion between boys/men), but it was touching. And I hope that it can be another nail in the coffin of the traditional stoic male.

So, in the end, while ‘Superbad’ wasn’t super good, it wasn’t super bad either. I guess it was super okay.

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