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Superbad (2007)

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Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

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 best friend Seth -- a hormone-driven mischief-maker who wasn't accepted to the same school as Evan. But Evan and Seth both know that college is a place of personal reinvention, and that if they are able to make that first leap together they will have forged a bond powerful enough to last a lifetime. Meanwhile, Evan and Seth's friend Fogell (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) acquires a hastily rendered fake I.D. that instantly endears him to a pair of truly irresponsible cops (Bill Hader and Seth Rogen). Penned by co-star Rogen in collaboration with former Da Ali G Show co-writer Evan Goldberg, the semi-autobiographical SuperBad was produced by Judd Apatow and directed by Greg Mottola -- who previously helmed episodes of Undeclared and Arrested Development. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: R (for pervasive crude and sexual content, strong language, drinking, some drug use and a fantasy/comic violent image--all involving teens)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 4, 2007
Box Office: $121.5M
Runtime:
Sony Pictures/Columbia - Official Site

Cast

Bill Hader
as Officer Slater
Seth Rogen
as Officer Michaels
Aviva
as Nicola
Joe Lo Truglio
as Francis the Driver
Clement Blake
as Homeless Guy
Erica Vittina Philli...
as Mindy--Liquor Store ...
Erica Vittana Philli...
as Liquor Store Cashier
Joe Nunez
as Liquor Store Clerk
Joseph A. Nuņez
as Liquor Store Clerk
Dave Franco
as Greg the Soccer Play...
Laura Seay
as Shirley
Clint Mabry
as Prosthetic Leg Kid
Stacy Edwards
as Evan's Mom
Mark Rogen
as Father With Bat
Charlie Hatsock
as Good Shopper Cashier
Charlie Hartstock
as Good Shopper Cahsier
Donna Hardy
as Old Lady
Charley Rossman
as Good Shopper Securit...
Carla Gallo
as Period Blood Girl
Ben Best
as Quince Danbury
Jody Hill
as Tut Long John Silver
Kevin Breznahan
as Patrick Manchester
David Krumholtz
as Benji Austin
Mousa Kraish
as Billy Baybridge
Nicholas Jasenovec
as Coffee Fairmount
Martin Starr
as James Masselin
Keith Loneker
as Wild Bill Cherry
Matthew McKane
as Kane Cloverdale
Lauren Miller
as Scarlett Brighton
Peter Salett
as Tiger Greendragon
Rakefet Abergel
as Muffin Selby
Brooke Dillman
as Mrs. Hayworth
Michael Naughton
as Gym Teacher
Steve Bannos
as Math Teacher
Casey Margolis
as Young Seth
Laura Marano
as Young Becca
Matthew Bass
as Vagtastic Voyager
Aurora Snow
as Vagtastic Voyage Gir...
Ted Haigh
as Bartender
Jenna Haze
as Vagtastic Voyage Gir...
Brian Huskey
as Elementary Principal
Clark Duke
as Party Teenager No. 1
Naathan Phan
as Party Teenager No. 3
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News & Interviews for Superbad

Critic Reviews for Superbad

All Critics (202) | Top Critics (47)

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.

Full Review… | August 3, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
NPR.org
Top Critic

[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.

Full Review… | September 22, 2008
The New Republic
Top Critic

This is the funniest picture since Borat, and more emotionally nuanced than you would expect.

Full Review… | January 4, 2008
CNN.com
Top Critic

Beneath the swearing and the tampon jokes lies a sweet-hearted tale of three chums celebrating the end of their carefree high-school days.

Full Review… | August 3, 2013
National Post

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.

Full Review… | November 3, 2012
TheShiznit.co.uk

Audience Reviews for Superbad

½

I laughed all thru this fun movie. Movies like this I generally dont like but had a blast watching this one.

jmanard52
John Manard

Super Reviewer

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.

ironclad1609
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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.

cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Superbad Quotes

Fogell: What's it like having guns?
Officer Michaels: It is awesome, Mclovin, it's mind-boggling. I haven't had for long, only a few months, but it's like having two cocks. If one of your cocks could kill a man.
– Submitted by James D (20 months ago)
Seth: I am truly jealous you got to suck on those tits when you were a baby.
Evan: Yeah, well, at least you got to suck on your dad's dick.
– Submitted by Kelly E (3 years ago)
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 (3 years ago)
Evan: I heard she got breast reduction surgery.
Seth: What? That's like slapping God across the face for giving you a beautiful gift.
Evan: She had back problems, man.
– Submitted by Kelly E (3 years ago)

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