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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 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, Rovi


Bill Hader
as Officer Slater
Seth Rogen
as Officer Michaels
as Nicola
Joe Lo Truglio
as Francis the Driver
Clement E. Blake
as Homeless Guy
Erica Vittina Phillips
as Liquor Store Cashier
Joseph A. Nuñez
as Liquor Store Clerk
Dave Franco
as Greg the Soccer Player
Laura Seay
as Shirley
Clint Mabry
as Prosthetic Leg Kid
Stacy Edwards
as Evan's Mom
Mark Rogen
as Father With Bat
Charlie Hartsock
as Good Shopper Cahsier
Donna Hardy
as Old Lady
Charley Rossman
as Good Shopper Security
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 Girl No. 1
Ted Haigh
as Bartender
Jenna Haze
as Vagtastic Voyage Girl No. 2
Brian Huskey
as Elementary Principal
Clark Duke
as Party Teenager No. 1
Naathan Phan
as Party Teenager No. 3
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Critic Reviews for Superbad

All Critics (207) | Top Critics (53) | Fresh (181) | Rotten (26)

  • ... "Superbad" isn't perfect. But it's super close.

    Feb 7, 2018 | Full Review…

    Devin Gordon

    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Aug 3, 2013 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 18, 2008 | Full Review…

    Bob Mondello
    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.

    Sep 22, 2008 | Full Review…
  • This is the funniest picture since Borat, and more emotionally nuanced than you would expect.

    Jan 4, 2008 | Full Review…

    Tom Charity
    Top Critic
  • If you can stand the predatory assumptions, which are that girls are mere sex objects to most teenage boys, there's much more to this movie than the usual teen comedy. You can't help laughing even as you wince.

    Sep 14, 2007 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Superbad

  • May 16, 2017
    Never quite as funny or as sincere as it wants to be, but still full of memorable little moments. Rating: 58
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • Feb 21, 2017
    Smart writing anchored by top comedic timing by the entire cast, Superbad is a funny, sincere, and lighthearted look into high school and teenage experience that is sure to relate to everybody.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2016
    It's the type of movie that's enjoyable to watch and gets better and better every time. It's a funny buddy comedy and behind all of the sex, crude language and booze is a heartfelt story about 2 friends that would lost without each other. It's not a very mature comedy movie which makes it more funny especially for an immature person like me. But it's cliched awkward sex and under aged drinking makes for a pretty predictable comedy.
    Tarin P Super Reviewer
  • Jun 20, 2015
    I've always found comedy to be an exhausting genre, as it always seems to be one devoid of any kind of actual charm or purpose and without sending pretentious I just usually hate them. Superbad on the other hand is really f***ing hilarious. Emma Stone, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera and a few other future prophets of comedy shine in a simple film about three boys trying to buy alcohol for a graduation party. Jonah Hill's character holds the film and perfectly balances Cera's sarcastic normalcy.
    Harry W Super Reviewer

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