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Superbad (2007)

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Average Rating: 7.5/10
Reviews Counted: 203
Fresh: 178 | Rotten: 25

Deftly balancing vulgarity and sincerity while placing its protagonists in excessive situations, Superbad is an authentic take on friendship and the overarching awkwardness of the high school experience.

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Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 48
Fresh: 42 | Rotten: 6

Deftly balancing vulgarity and sincerity while placing its protagonists in excessive situations, Superbad is an authentic take on friendship and the overarching awkwardness of the high school experience.

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Operating under the assumption that by procuring alcohol for an upcoming party they will finally be able to break their longstanding losing streak with the fairer sex, socially inept high school seniors Evan (Michael Cera) and Seth (Jonah Hill) set out to secure the adult beverages that could get them off of the geek list before they even attend college orientation. Evan is a bright young student whose outward sweetness belies his suffocating fear of heading off to college without his lifelong

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Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg

Dec 4, 2007

$121.5M

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Superbad is a movie about partying and getting wasted and getting the girl, but as the night wears on, much wisdom is gained too, about self, friendship and the end of teenage innocence in all its wondrous, terrifying splendor.

August 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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What makes the film so appealing is the disconnect between what comes from the mouths of these hormone-addled pups and what's going on in their heads, where they're still clinging desperately to the innocence they're leaving behind.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: NPR.org
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[Cera] has some of the best comic timing of anyone working in film today, a precocious sense of the awkward pauses and misread cues in which social panic resides.

September 22, 2008 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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This is the funniest picture since Borat, and more emotionally nuanced than you would expect.

January 4, 2008 Full Review Source: CNN.com
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'Superbad' at its best goes right through knockabout to land in deliciously obscene places - notably a staggering succession of doodles in which tumescent cocks take on various extraordinary guises.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A critical mass of these kinds of flicks argues for a new subgenre: "nerdsploitation."

August 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Denver Post | Comment (1)
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Beneath the swearing and the tampon jokes lies a sweet-hearted tale of three chums celebrating the end of their carefree high-school days.

August 3, 2013 Full Review Source: National Post
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It's a simple tale about two horny kids not only on a quest for vodka, beer and sticky fumbling, but they're looking to find themselves in the process. I'll be damned if there's many people left in the cinema afterwards who won't relate to that.

November 3, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
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Honest goodwill, fond observational detail and Greg Mottola's exuberant direction make the picture nigh on irresistible, but there are some missteps.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

The affable trajectory covers enough guffaws to balance out the flattest visuals this side of The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Like all Apatow productions, it's far too long but it has a winning combination of cleverly crude humor and genuine sweetness.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

With Superbad, Rogen continues to show off his writing skills, delivering one of the most viciously funny movies since Super Troopers.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

The comic-duo of Jonah Hill and Michael Cera reminded me of an immature, foul-mouthed Laurel & Hardy.

September 4, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

even if Superbad's not much more than a teen comedy, it's the best teen comedy to come out in at least a decade. There's no shame in that.

July 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Comments (3)
Paste Magazine

Thanks to Rogen and Apatow we can once again look forward to seeing R-rated comedies.

July 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Watertown Daily Times | Comments (3)
Watertown Daily Times

a fresh air

April 24, 2008

Raunchy enough, but it lacks some of the subtle wit and verbal sophistication that has always distinguished Apatow's finest comedies.

April 10, 2008 | Comments (11)
San Francisco Examiner

Audiences who've laughed their asses off at Rogen's other work will be pleased to know that Superbad is not just another teen movie.

March 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington City Paper | Comment (1)
Washington City Paper

The thing that saves Superbad from being a profane waste of time is its urbane intelligence and above all, bracing honesty.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Colorado Springs Gazette | Comment (1)
Colorado Springs Gazette

Although the cop characters run out of steam a bit towards the end, the metrosexual relationship between the leads stays fresh all the way through. Brilliant.

January 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Heart 106.2
Heart 106.2

... a humanizing comedy built around the coming-of-age absurdity of actually getting whatever it is you think you want.

January 16, 2008 Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com
MovieCrypt.com

Maybe I would have been better off seeing Superbad before it became an instant cult classic.

January 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Film and Felt | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for Superbad

Even though kids trying to get drunk and laid is far from being my favorite genre of comedies I have to admit this had quite a few good laughs. It exceeded its welcome, though and could have ended a bit earlier and more spot-on. At least the film has its heart at the right spot in the end.
September 20, 2013
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This takes a page from Sixteen Candles, updates it for 2007, and elevates it to the max in this hysterical and heartfelt tale about some losers trying to have one epic final party before graduating and moving on to the next step.

It's quite a simple set up: Evan and Seth have a chance to finally get laid, and all it's gonna take is a bunch of booze. That's where geek Fogell comes in. He's got a fake ID, but what should be a quick trip to the liquor store turns into a wild adventure that nuts keeps getting nuttier and nuttier as it progresses.

I've enjoyed this movie ever since I first saw it, and with each viewing, I've come to appreciate it more and more, and it has really grown on me as being truly brilliant. I'm not kidding. This is one of the best films of its decade, and really is more than just a vulgar teen comedy. It is quite bawdy, but it's hilarious, well written, has tons of heart and character, and is done rather thoughtfully and intelligently, which is great since it sure doesn't seem like it would be this way initially.

Christopher Mintze-Plasse steals the show as Fogell, better known by his ID name of McLovin, Emma Stone made her terrific debut her as the object of Seth's affection, Michael Cera puts another notch in his belt as the straightman Evan, and Jonah Hill owns as the larger than life Seth. Let's not forget the great supporting roles by Bill Hader and Seth Rogen as the world's most inept but cool cops, and great That Guys like Kevin Corrigan and Joe Lo Truglio.

Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen's script is dynamite, and really captures teen life (especially the wild side) quite nicely, Greg Mottola provides some great direction, and the music is just wonderful. It also makes me smile that the film owes a few debts to the 70s, specifically blaxploitation.

All in all, this truly is a gem. It's unbelievably funny, surprising, and utterly charming...even when it's being lewd. Now that says something.
December 8, 2012
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Who would've thought that a movie like this would be one of the best films of 2007? Superbad stars Jonah Hill, Michael Cera and Christopher Mintz-Plasse and they play high schoolers who are trying to make a good name for themselves before high school ends. Doing so involves stuff like buying alcohol and trying to get laid. Superbad is one of those comedies that are just really rare. It managed to make me laugh my ass off with pretty much everything that happens in it. Movies like this are hard to come by now, but with the hilariously written script provided by Seth Rogen and Even Goldberg, this movie suceeds in being a movie that's laugh out loud funny through and through. One of the funniest things about the movie are the conversations the characters. They're crude, but they're still funny. It's one of those movies that have some really memorable quotes. Jonah Hill's character is primarily focused on getting with a girl he likes played by Emma Stone. Him wanting to get with her is the driving force of him trying to buy beer and it's what makes his character so funny. The fact that he flips out on his friends over a girl is funny to me. Of the teenagers, the one who ends up with the most fortune is Mclovin. I know his real name is Fogell, but he deserves to be called Mclovin because that name is badass. Mclovin gets a fake ID, he gets punched out in a robbery, and he ends up getting to hang out with a couple of trouble-making cops who are brilliantly play by Bill Hader and Seth Rogen. I'm telling you, those two cops deserve their own movie. I would go out of my way to see it just to watch Hader and Rogen be the way they are in Superbad. One person I know says that the cops are the only funny parts of the movie that are funny. I disagree; the entire movie is funny. There's one part in particular that actually had me laughing so hard that I was almost crying. I won't say much, but it takes place in a grocery store. That's all I'll say. Superbad is one of the funniest movies to be released in the past decade. I've heard a lot of people (teenage girls in particular) say that Mean Girls is the best high school movie ever made, but that's not the case. Not only is Mean Girls highly overrated, it doesn't even come close to Superbad. I can't say that I relate to the characters in the movie since I don't obsess with beer and partying, but it's still a hilarious movie that needs to be viewed at least once.
September 10, 2012
Tyler Robertson

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    1. Seth: I am truly jealous you got to suck on those tits when you were a baby.
    2. Evan: Yeah, well, at least you got to suck on your dad's dick.
    – Submitted by Kelly E (19 months ago)
    1. Seth: [imitating Becca] Oh Evan, thank you for bringing that lube for my pussy. I never would've been able to handle your four inch dick inside my pussy without that gigantic bottle of lube.
    – Submitted by Kelly E (19 months ago)
    1. Evan: I heard she got breast reduction surgery.
    2. Seth: What? That's like slapping God across the face for giving you a beautiful gift.
    3. Evan: She had back problems, man.
    – Submitted by Kelly E (19 months ago)
    1. Officer Slater: McLovin? Were you violating that young girl? Were you violating her with your penis?
    – Submitted by Kelly E (19 months ago)
    1. Fogell: You still haven't told him that we're rooming together?
    2. Evan: Fogell, shut the fuck up. And take off that vest. You look like Aladdin.
    – Submitted by Kelly E (19 months ago)
    1. Seth: No one's gotten a hand job in cargo shorts since Nam!
    – Submitted by Trevor M (19 months ago)
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