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Worth A Look: 31.88%
Average: 1.45%
Pretty Bad: 4.35%
Total Crap: 5.8%

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by Lybarger

"It’s as droll as it is dirty."
4 stars

On paper, “Superbad” shouldn’t work. Before catching this film, I had concluded that the world had exceeded its quota of films about male teens trying to score booze and babes. Curiously, “Superbad” manages to wallow in filth and still have its heart and its head in the right place. You’ll have to take about 15 showers to get the taint of “Superbad” out of your system, but laughter is almost guaranteed.

Screenwriters Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg make a silk purse out of this sow’s ear because they know how to make their youthful rum runners sympathetic. Their eponymous protagonists Seth (Johan Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera) manage to grow as the film progresses, and the film cleverly morphs from a gross-out comedy into a touching story of friendship.

The two lads are about to graduate high school, but their paths are diverging radically. Evan is about to head to Dartmouth with his amiably nerdy pal Fogell (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), whereas Seth will be stuck attending a less prestigious college several miles away.

To celebrate their last weekend as high schoolers, the lads are invited to a party hosted by young woman named Jules (Emma Stone) in the hopes that they might be able to bring spirits to the event. Neither looks a day over 18, but Fogell has a bizarre fake ID that might just help them score the loot. Also attending the party, is Becca (Martha MacIsaac), whom the shy Evan has been helplessly admiring from afar.

Of course, things go worse from there. And that’s part of the charm. Officiating all of the madness that follows are two dim cops (Bill Hader and Rogen), who may be the least effective policemen this side of Keystone. The two try in vain to intimidate the partiers and seem to believe that Fogell (wait till you get a load of the name on his ID) is indeed a 25-year-old Hawaiian organ donor.

Rogen, Goldberg and director Greg Mottola pull off a beautiful bait-and-switch operation with “Superbad.” The opening dialogue is fantastically profane, basically letting the easily offended know its time to leave and helping those who crave gross-out humor reach their quota early. Thankfully, Rogen and Goldberg actually come up with amusing filth and are as creative as they are depraved. I’m not sure whether to admire or cringe at the endless ways the duo find to refer to genitalia.

As the evening progresses, it becomes more about Seth and Evan dealing with their eventual adulthood and acknowledging that their lifetime friendship may be coming to an abrupt end. Hill and Cera project an earnestness that belies Seth and Evan’s potty mouths. The two would like to be hedonists but have consciences that might outweigh their urge to deflower themselves.

Mintz-Plasse was born to play the gleefully oblivious Fogell. The lad is having the time of his life palling around with cops who are poor role models. One hopes their city never hits a real crisis.

Another interesting touch is the soundtrack of tunes that would predate the teen characters. Songs like “Man Enough” and “Panama” would seem more appropriate for their parents, but Motolla manages to fit them into the action nicely. Any soundtrack that tried to match the tastes of today’s youth would probably be dated by the time the film was released, so giving the story retro tunes is actually shrewd decision.

Rogen’s mentor Judd Apatow, who helmed “The 40 Year Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up,” has left some obvious fingerprints behind as the film’s producer. He has a rare knack for making potentially sordid material heartwarming. As a result, “Superbad” thankfully becomes the antithesis of its title.

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User Comments

5/02/12 Chimy Changa you dont know what funny is if you dont like this movie 5 stars
8/01/11 Piz No matter how many times I watch it, it's still dumb. A wanna be American Pie with gratuity 2 stars
10/09/10 art SUPER is RIGHT! 4 stars
2/08/10 Monday Morning Some hysterical moments - well worth seeing. Great coming-of-age story. 4 stars
3/30/09 R Lan typical teen sex comedy, but well done and has some funny moments. 4 stars
1/09/09 Anonymous. i am mclovin :] 4 stars
8/11/08 Jon G Overrated - Highly Unrealistic events are not amusing to me 1 stars
3/25/08 Jessica Biel's Poolboy Emma Stone is hot!!! McLovin' was hilarious 5 stars
1/09/08 BoyinTheDesignerBubble Foul mouthed teens don't impress me. Maybe if I were a perv, I'd find this a good movie! 1 stars
1/07/08 Dina Wow, talk about overrated - don't bother. 2 stars
1/03/08 lazaro garrote the movie superbad was dynomite 5 stars
12/09/07 Alice Total crap,food for low self-esteem girls and brain dead oversexed guys. 1 stars
12/05/07 action movie fan vulgar and funny teen fantasy-comedy-lots of laughs 4 stars
12/04/07 mike Superbad was Supergood! I laughed all the way through! Best comedy in years! 5 stars
12/03/07 SamanthaP this movie is sooooo true, this represents the younger days of my lives 5 stars
11/11/07 b. goldberg just so funny 5 stars
10/24/07 William Goss Foul-mouthed and funny portrait of platonic teens and the night of their lives. 4 stars
9/24/07 Jason Michael Cera makes this movie, he is a big star on the rise. 4 stars
9/10/07 Simon Don't go moralistic and cry date rape, it's a movie, just laugh your ass off. I did. 5 stars
8/30/07 samuel there's no date rape plan..funny, real goings-on in mouth gender's female hating. 5 stars
8/27/07 Ole Man Bourbon Funny for the low-brow, juvenile tone. Some recycled jokes from the other Apatow movs, tho 4 stars
8/25/07 kiran very funny movie 5 stars
8/24/07 Lattechino Yeah, pretty much a movie about a kid planning a date rape. Why is that funny? 2 stars
8/21/07 Anthony G Hilarious. 5 stars
8/21/07 Stacy That wasn't date rape, yo. Anyway, great movie, hilarious and real! 5 stars
8/21/07 hurhur date rape so funny hurrrhurrrr 1 stars
8/20/07 Greg Absolutely one of the funniest movies ever made 5 stars
8/20/07 mark madsen funny movie 4 stars
8/20/07 Meschelle Needed to be rated more than a r. 3 stars
8/19/07 Shane this movie made me cry...... FROM AWESOMENESS!!! 5 stars
8/19/07 Mahalie This was without a doubt the funniest movie I've ever seen. 5 stars
8/18/07 Dark Enchantress funny movie, the cops were awesome! 5 stars
8/17/07 G Lee truly had its funny moments... laughed out loud... totally mindless fun 4 stars
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  17-Aug-2007 (R)
  DVD: 04-Dec-2007

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Directed by
  Greg Mottola

Written by
  Evan Goldberg
  Seth Rogen

  Jonah Hill
  Michael Cera
  Christopher Mintz-Plasse
  Bill Hader
  Seth Rogen

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