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.
"Superbad" is a film title that's been thrown around for a while and for a decade, I had never watched it. There was no particular reason as to why I didn't watch it, it was just one of those films that I hadn't gotten to yet. And here's the thing with comedies; comedies can be hilarious. We all love to laugh and smile. But comedies are also one of the hardest pieces of dialogue to write. It's personally why I don't like writing comedy myself. However, "Superbad" is one of those surprise comedies that really works and manages to make you laugh.
This is years ago, when Jonah Hill and Michael Cera all looked really different. It's one of those weird experiences because you've seen them in stuff today and they're much younger obviously. I think it's really cool to see a lot of these names and their performances just a decade ago because they're all really solid. Them, along with Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bill Hader, Seth Rogen, and Emma Stone were all really solid. I liked everyone's performance in this film and in general, everyone had pretty great comedic timing.
This film is pretty crude. It's based around the idea that these two high schoolers are trying to get with their crushes before school ends. You have one character who's all about having sex with a drunk girl, and another who just wants to get to know his girl when they're sober. I like seeing the parallels between the people here because it's what I feel like high school can be. You have these different people whose overachieving goal would be to have sex, and I think that's pretty funny. The comedy worked well and it was supported by a solid story.
In the end, "Superbad" was a fun time and a funny film. I'm glad I was finally able to watch it and I can't wait to watch it again.
Its gripping screenplay and petty humor does tickle you here and there, but the sense of urgency fails to create the anticipated impact resulting into a shallow experience in the end. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg; the writers, are doing some of their best work in here but it isn't justified utterly by the director Greg Motolla. Jonah Hill and Michael Cera's chemistry is authentic and hilarious that is supported with a good cast like Emma Stone, Seth Rogen and Bill Hader. Superbad; despite of having a runtime of around 110 minutes, seems overlong and exhausting at certain points, but the rest of it sails off smoothly for it seems like a mere special one-hour episode of some R rated sitcom.
Allegedly Rogen and Goldberg wrote this movie when they were fourteen. And I don't think they did a second draft. Also this movie unleashed Emma Stone on the innocent moviegoers worldwide. She's an okay actress but I think her Oscar win was probably due to good editing.....
Weaknesses: If I had to pick a gripe, it would be that the scene involving Seth and Evan in sleeping bags near the end feels like it drags on a bit. The same could kind of be said for how the McLovin/cops storyline ends. Even that feels like nitpicking, though, as they served a purpose.
Overall: An absolute classic. One of the best comedies I've ever seen. It's my favorite movie of 2007 and I say that fully knowing that films like No Country for Old Men and Juno are from the same year. It was a launching pad for several talented stars (Stone, Hill, Cera) and remains some of their best work.