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Monday, September 17, 2007

Superbad - review

Superbad (15)

Dir. Greg Mottola

Reviewed by Matt Adcock

Wassup people, step right up for the teen comedy of the year – it’s rude, it’s juvenile and it doesn’t flinch from diving inside horny young men’s minds and spraying what it finds all over the screen… But then that’s what you get with a script written when the makers were still teenagers themselves. Superbad is a full frontal expose of the hopes (mostly involving foxy females), fears (mostly of not fitting in or not getting any action) and need for camaraderie (the essential hanging out with pals) that boys of a certain age have.

Hats off to director Greg Mottola because although this won’t appeal to everyone, Superbad is special in that despite its sex obsession a la Porky’s or American Pie – it also manages to be sweet natured at heart. Some of the credit must go to producer Judd Apatow who’s other films include The 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up, as these are very much kindred genre-mates.
Superbad is the nerdalicious tale of three pals as they face their high school graduation with a sense of trepidation at their lack of prowess with the fairer sex. Virgins to a man, they hatch a plan – in the best tradition of teen movies – to get laid before they face the world of college.

First there’s slightly tubby Seth (a cracking turn from Jonah Hill) and his best friend Evan (a nicely understated Michael Cera) who form the backbone of the story. But the third part of this infantile trinity is uber dork Fogell (a movie-stealing Christopher Mintz-Plasse) who creates possibly the best on screen nerd hero ever.

Stir into the mix two hilarious slacker cops (Seth Rogen and Bill Hader) who come into the plot via Fogell’s mission to try and buy booze for a graduation party using his running gag fake I.D. named just "McLovin". Everything is set for a night of high mischief as the boys find themselves out of their depth, desperately trying to woo the objects of their desire – a concept which may or may not resonate with you depending on how you spent your teenage years…

Is Superbad for you? Just ask yourself if you want to witness on duty police officers putting on Star Wars voices, friends partying, falling out, making up and maybe finding out a little what matters in life…

Out of 5 you have to go with a lots of fun 4 (how bad you want it?)...

Darkmatters ratings:

Action ööö – snogging n fumbling
Laughs ööööö – you'll laugh loud and long!
Horror ööö – tampons aren't optional!
Babes öööö – young but hot!

Overall öööö (It’s loud, lewd super-good fun!)

"McLovin almost getting to live up to his name"

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Unknown said...

Hi there!
Thanks for that review on Superdad!

SNA said...

Totally agree. Saw it the other day and it's the best comedy film of the year. Loads better than Knocked Up I think.

So cheers. and 'big-up' to the Hitchin pose from Stevenage.

Tom Wade said...

I have also seen Superdad! But I think that was a slightly different film to Superbad...