Jonah Hill and Michael Cera are two socially-inept losers in their final days of high school, heavily dependent on each other, and anxiously awaiting the day they go their separate ways to different universities. This is their misguided attempts to reverse their life-long losing streak with the ladies in one panic-driven night…
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Two socially-inept losers are enjoying their last few days of high school. Seth (Jonah Hill) is an angry lump, full of vulgarity and a desperate desire for those of the opposite sex. Underneath all that, of course, he’s a nice guy. Just like his best pal Evan (Michael Cera), who is the quieter, more considered one of the pair. This is the story of their all-out attempt to sleep with some girls at the end of year party. Add into the mix an uber-nerd who calls himself McLovin (It’s on his Hawaiian fake ID) and two inept cops (almost more inept than Chief Wiggum), and you’ve got one crazy night of alcohol-fuelled madness.
The good news is that it’s a funny film, with a broad range of comedy ranging from pussy jokes to some more subtle character acting. It’s the subtle stuff that works best. Michael Cera, in particular, pulls this off really well and the film’s best moments are all his. Probably best known as Jason Bateman’s son George Michael in the underrated sitcom Arrested Development, Cera is a very talented comedic actor who has honed awkwardness to perfection.
Another strength of Superbad is its cast of ordinary-looking actors. Evan and Seth both look like guys we all know, or probably even look like ourselves. Their clothing, in particular, is spot on. A hilarious moment is when McLovin wears a ridiculous waistcoat. “Take it off,” suggests Evan, “you look like Aladdin.” Even the girls aren’t ridiculously attractive, and this all adds to a sense of realism which has often been missing from teen comedies.
Seth Rogen, who played the lead in Knocked Up, was one of the writers on this and also plays one of the hapless cops. Unfortunately the cops aren’t quite as funny as the younger actors, so it’s a shame that they begin to take up much of the running time. Their climax, which results in them getting drunk and being irresponsible, is hilarious but too much time is spent getting there.
Dazed and Confused is still the best movie about the last days of high school, but Superbad has a good go. It’s funny, filled with real-looking likeable actors, and will definitely strike a chord with teenagers, or anyone who has even been one.
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Just to let everybody know, Andrew Headly, an "official" Flicks.co.nz reviewer walks a thin line. To give Superbad 3 stars is a disgrace. This is a five star, laugh out loud classic.
Certainly better than Ratatouille (which Andrew labels a "Master Piece").
Andrew please accept this as your first official warning.
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