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Monday, March 4, 2013

Superbad

I went into this movie not entirely sure what to expect. I didn't know if it was going to be raunchy or the more slapstick type of humor (that also seems to be raunchy, these days). Of course, when I saw Seth Rogen's name and the fact that it was from the same team that did Knocked Up and The 40 Year Old Virgin I basically assumed it was going to be raunchy. And it was. I think I heard the words "dick" and "fuck" enough times that I came up with a fun drinking game out of it. Just take a shot every time you hear 'em drop the "f" bomb or the "d" bomb and you'll wake up naked in a field somewhere, wondering where the fuck you are and where your clothes went. 

But I'll be damned if this movie didn't entertain me and I enjoyed it just as much as I had The 40 Year Old Virgin or Knocked Up. And like those two movies, this film is also about dealing with issues and that sort of get overlooked in the scheme of things. Sure, this film sort of resembles American Pie, but it doesn't rely so heavily on sex. Beer, yes. Partying, yes. But not sex. Well, okay, there was some "period blood" dancing. And a hot make out scene in which Martha MacIsaac almost took it all off. And did I also mention that the words "dick" and "fuck" were used a lot? Okay, so maybe sex is a large equation in this movie. Hell, we're dealing with kids who are supposed to be teenagers so that shouldn't be any surprise. 

Michael Cera, Emma Stone, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse all gave career making performances. Especially Christopher Mintz-Plasse who was 17 at the time this movie was made and making his film debut as Fogell aka McLovin. By law, Christopher's mom had to be on the set during McLovin's sex scene because he was only 17. Awkward. 

Jonah Hill, born in 1983 and 26 at the time this movie was made, plays a convincing teenager as well and his dick-drawing phase as a child is just about the funniest thing I've seen. 

But let's get to what this real movie is about: Seth Rogen and Bill Hader. I probably should have my head examined, but I think Seth Rogen is a hilarious guy. I have no idea who Bill Hader is, but he seemed to be a great foil for Rogen's character. Both of them play unrealistically inept cops and their run-ins with the main characters are infinitely amusing. Kinda stupid, but stupid-awesome. 

Of course, there's a message somewhere in this movie. It's about learning to move on and accepting change in life. 

But if you want to laugh your ass off at dick jokes then there's that, too. 




1 comment:

  1. The first time I saw this, I laughed my ass off. I've seen it a couple of times since, and I still think it's one of the funniest movies ever. The casting for this movie is so perfect. The dick drawing scene is hilarious. Did you look at the bonus features? There is a section where they have all the dick drawings they made and didn't use in the movie.

    Most everything that Jonah Hill is a part of is funny. Even if the movie sucks, Jonah is good. As far as Michael Cera, if you can find the dvds of the TV series Arrested Development, check that out. It's an excellent show and Michael Cera is very funny (in his understated way).

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