I’ve been looking forward to seeing Superbad since I saw the trailer back in April. This flick could be the first genuinely “funny” teen comedy without the word pie in the title. Well it’s funnier than any of the American Pies and a has a little more heart thrown in for good measure. It stars Jonah Hill and Michael Cera as Seth and Evan two best buddies that are about split after each of them gets into different colleges.
Superbad starts off harmlessly as just another day in Seth and Evan’s lives, as they wander through school, completely clueless about the opposite sex and pushed around by the bigger guys. All that changes when Seth gets invited to a house-party by Jules (Emma Stone), a girl he meets during a Home Economics class and his buddy Fogel (played by scene stealer Christopher Mintz Plasse) buys a fake ID. Seth and Evan armed with the theory that alcohol equals sex, start off an crazy series of events ranging from a liquor store hold up, to entertaining a group of cocaine addicts to an exploding police cruiser; all of it just to get to the party of the year.
Director Greg Mottola does a terrific job shooting a movie that feels epic, even though its only one crazy night in a small town. A lot of the turns that you think you would see coming in alot of other comedies are left behind for directions that you wont see coming and that make for a smart and funny movie. The style of the movie is almost a puzzle with the mullets and retro 80’s clothing and music, yet cellphones and shopping malls are at every turn.
What makes Superbad great is the young cast, which do a terrific job in getting laughs. Fogel or as I’m sure the rest of the world will come to know him as……Mcluvin plays the nerdy gangsta perfectly, While Seth Rogen and Bill Hader play the insanely dangerous police officers with ease all without derailing the story of friendship and change between Seth and Evan.
Superbad is the best comedy I’ve seen in years, its funnier than the also good “Knocked Up” and got the most audience laughs I’ve heard since the 40 year old virgin. Its hard to make a teen comedy that covers new ground anymore but Superbad does’nt only cover new ground but raises the bar in genre that alot of people thought was dead. See it twice, once for yourself and once for the crowd reaction.