114 min., dir. by Greg Mottola with Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and Michael Cera
I think Judd Apatow is the modern recreation of Midas. Everything he touches is comedic gold. Breaking out with The 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up, Apatow has proven that he knows comedy. Lending a hand as a producer for Superbad, Apatow lets veteran TV director Gregg Matolla helm this one. Add Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg as writers to the mix, a few well-placed cameos, and you have the recipe for one of the summer’s funniest, if not crassest, comedies. Even I, as a 30-ish male, can see parts of myself in each and every one of these characters. While not having had quite this outrageous of an adventure, I have had nights that resemble this in my younger days.
First and foremost, I have got to talk about Jonah Hill. The boy is a rising star and steals almost every single scene that he is in. Next up is Christopher Mintz-Plasse’s McLovin, er, Fogel. This kid is the epitome of dorkiness and yet seems to have the best time out of all the kids. Who wouldn’t have fun hanging out with cops, drinking and shooting guns all night long? Out of the three main characters, Michael Cera seems to be the weakest link. For most of the movie he comes off as an effeminate little boy who needs to show some courage, and while that is what the movie is about, he never really does it. Things just kind of end up working out for him by the end of the film. How can I review this film without mentioning Seth Rogen and Bill Hader as two cops who just want to be cool. Well, they are extremely funny, but all of their antics took me out of the movie for a bit. Extremely un-policeman-like behavior that would never fly in the real world.
Superbad is a twisted coming of age tale that just may be the comedy of the summer. If you enjoyed The 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up, you will most likely enjoy Superbad. Films like these truly speak for themselves and Superbad sure says it loudly between brays of laughter.