SuperBad

Maybe I’m getting too old for teen sex comedy flicks. I can remember a time when I would have thought SuperBad was a great movie, right up there with the likes of Napolian Dynamite. While my original reason for seeing the film was because it was crafted the the minds who brought us Knocked Up, SuperBad failed to have me amused. I figured with 40 Year Old Virgin, and Knocked Up being huge commercial comedic successes, that SuperBad would have had better storylines, and laughs. But alas, I was dissappointed. Heed my warning before you go and spend your money. If you’re looking for low brow humor for almost a full two hours, and are perverted enough to enjoy the many penis drawings, and many references to the female and male organs, then SuperBad is for you. You’ll be laughing your butt off, and repeating phrases from the film way before the credits roll. On the other hand, if you can’t stand childish antics, dispise the message the film is sending  about underage drinking, and lack of proper adult supervision, and really want to spend your money on a high quality movie, then save your cash. SuperBad is just that.

Rated R for pervasive crude and sexual content, strong language, drinking, some drug use, and a fantacy/comic violent image.

 Running time 1hour 54 minutes.

 

Starring: Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bill Hader
Directed by: Greg Mottola
Produced by: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Judd Apatow

4 thoughts on “SuperBad”

  1. No offense, but perhaps you ARE getting too old for these movies.
    The message had nothing to do with how bad underage drinking and lack of adult supervision can be. It was about how difficult it is to leave behind everything you know and are comfortable with in order to grow up.
    Not to mention, despite the phallic nature of those drawings, many of them were quite creative and clever.
    But hey, that’s just my opinion.

  2. Okay. Expectations about this movie were inevitable. Apatow’s name was linked to the project (albeit as a producer, not a director), along with 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up alum Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and Bill Hader. Other cast members’ past projects include the side-splitting Arrested Development (Michael Cera), and even a few bit parts by familiar faces. The “period girl” was portrayed by Carla Gallo, whom Apatow fans should recognize from her role as Lizzie Exley in Undeclared, Apatow’s brilliant second attempt at TV–and his second failure. From his first attempt–Freaks and Geeks–Martin Starr (aka Bill Haverchuck) shows up at the party as part of the group convinced that Evan (Cera) is a singer. Though his shows never brought in enough ratings for the networks to justify keeping them on the air, they brought Apatow a cult following. So, obviously, the expectations for SuperBad were high, and comparisons were bound to happen.
    BUT, SuperBad is a DIFFERENT movie, and for seemingly obvious reasons. Apatow’s name was only a Producer. He didn’t write it. He didn’t direct it. THIS WAS NOT HIS MOVIE. But that doesn’t mean it was a bad movie. Don’t expect too much character development. Don’t expect a storyline with too many emotional ups and downs. Well, what SHOULD you expect? Expect to laugh. As opposed to Apatow’s films, which couple outrageously raunchy humor with relative emotional depth, SuperBad was driven by the former. And what a ride it was. Jonah Hill uttered more dirty talk than anyone else in the movie, and his “problem” (that something like 8 or 9% of people have) provided a perverted and hilarious opportunity for phallic sketches to be interspersed (including more during the end credits). Michael Cera’s performance was brilliant as well, reinforcing what Arrested Development fans already knew, that he plays awkward, and he plays it well. Not to mention Fogell/McLovin (played by newcomer Christopher Mintz-Plasse), whose voice at times reached a register unheard of since pubescence.
    Expectations work in odd ways. High expectations can leave you disappointed. Low expectations can leave you pleasantly surprised.
    SO. Once you get curb your expectations and recognize SuperBad as an entity of its own, and not another Apatow film, THEN go see it. Or see it again. I guarantee you will at the very least be entertained.

  3. In many ways I agree with my own review of SuperBad, and on the other hand I don’t. While on first view I wasnt overly impressed with the acting and story telling, I had to the film another shot. When I first went to see the film, I was mildly distracted with my fiance at the time, we were having a lover’s quarrel through text message, so the begin with my mood wasn’t it’s usual. And while I’m not a scientist by any means, I really do think that you have to be in the right frame of mind to enjoy this movie, or any movie for that matter. Have you ever experienced this before? I can honestly say, Yes. On second viewing of SuperBad, I decided to give my theory a shot. Instead of texting away on my phone until the previews were over, I went ahead and turned off my cell before I even stepped foot out of my car. Sat down in the theater, which was still relatively packed, and sat through SuperBad one last time. My mentality- Maybe this time I could give it an honest review. For the record- as a gay man, I enjoyed the many references and pictures dicks, from the “thick veigny bastards” to the oversized godzilla phallaces, they were all very creative in their own right. Did they really need to be in the movie? No. Did it make the movie mildly entertaining? Yes. So after a second time of watching SuperBad, while putting myself in the shoes of the movies main audience demographic, i realized that the film had many high points of laughter, many relying on the snowball effect- a term used my movies to rely on a previous joke to make the next joke funnier and then building on that joke until it is played out to exaustion. The acting for the most part was tolerable, the story felt to fantasy like, and the characters were for the better part of the film two demensional, not showing many ranges of motion. As a struggling actor myself, I give the grou[ credit for the work they did, but seriously without even two years of acting skills under my belt, I think I could perform better then their top stars. Final reflection- one thumb half up, it was a good effort.

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