Friday, August 28, 2009

#487: Superbad (2007)

Director: Greg Mottola
Cast: Michael Cera, Jonah Hill & Christopher Mintz-Plasse

Superbad is a story of the awkwardness of high school, written by high school students themselves. That's right, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg began writing this script when they were just 13 years old. The two main characters, named after the two writers, are both outcasts in the school. It's they're senior year, and they are desperate to get laid. They foresee that the only way to do this is to help out with the biggest party of the year and get loads of alcohol, with the help of uber-geek Fogell, who just got his fake ID with the name 'McLovin'.

The script is surprisingly good, despite it's extremely crude humor. Each line is exactly what a high school student would love to say, though it would usually take too much time to think it up. All three main actors are perfect for their roles, and they make it hard not to laugh. The film also has a fantastic soundtrack, featuring almost exclusively '70s funk. The sets and costume also have a very '70s feel to them, and Mottola even used Columbia Pictures' '70s logo at the beginning of the film.

I definitely give this film credit, and it deserves to be one of the best comedies to date. However, I don't think I'm alone when I say that this doesn't belong on a Best 500 list. It is much better than I remember it, though, and for one obvious reason: I'm not in the theater with my parents. Ugh. And no, it wasn't my choice to see it with my parents. Be wary: don't see this with family.

Fun Trivia (Stolen from IMDB):

  • The word "fuck" is used 186 times in the movie. The movie itself is only 118 minutes long. That averages to approx. 1.6 uses of the word per minute. Around 84 are said by Seth (Jonah Hill) alone.
  • Because Fogell (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) was only 17 at the time of filming, his mother was required to be on set during the filming of his sex scene.
  • Michael Cera's mother actually read the script before he did and she was the one who convinced him to try out for the part.

No comments:

Post a Comment