Superbad (2007)

2015 #128
Greg Mottola | 113 mins | streaming (HD) | 16:9 | USA / English | 15 / R

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s semi-autobiographical comedy sets Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera) (see what they did there?) on a quest to obtain booze for a party where they hope to copulate. Or, “every American teen comedy.”

Presumably the key to Superbad’s acclaim lies in the details, then. The narrative is implausible (hence “semi-”) but creates amusing situations — it’s a comedy, so, fine. Seth’s all-encompassing sex obsession feels extreme, but also accurate to many teenage boys.

The most interesting aspect is the guys’ college-threatened codependent relationship. Or maybe it’s people saying rude sex words — your mileage may vary.

3 out of 5

3 thoughts on “Superbad (2007)

  1. I think this film mainly works (in my opinion) because it’s semi-autobiographical and the characters are so likable and real. The situations are too far fetched to be made up (like the period blood on the pants – that HAS to be true!). I agree about their friendship too, ultimately the real ‘romance’ was the bromance.

    It also has such a retro vibe it could almost be set in the 70s which I thought was really clever (the clothes, the soundtrack, getting the bus everywhere) and made it even truer to the writers roots. Super Bad is far better than your average ‘American teen comedy’ 🙂

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    • I’m with you on the ’70s vibe — I guess it confuses some people (“what decade does it take place in?” is one of the film’s top FAQs on IMDb!), but it’s a nice touch. It lends the film a sort of timelessness, like it’s set every-when; maybe suggesting it’s about some kind of universality of experience. Or maybe I’m overthinking that.

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      • Really?!!! Wow I had no idea!! I’m actually so glad people wonder that. I’ve never really discussed it ‘out loud’ with anyone but to me the 70s vibe seemed pretty obvious. From Seth borrowing Evan’s dad’s clothes to his car being clamped so they had to get the bus everywhere. The groovy soundtrack of course 🙂

        I don’t think you’re over thinking, I think that’s a great theory. I mean it’s a coming of age film we can all resonate with (except some of the far out bits of course!) and I do genuinely believe that films set in a different era do become more timeless than others.

        Look at Grease – prime example! That film is timeless lol.

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