Movie Review
Superbad

By: David Holmes
2007-08-27



Posted 08/27/2007 - 09:17:12 AM by FHJay1:
 Is it just me, or is it actually a sign of a movie not being that good if you have to drink/smoke beforehand to enjoy it?
 
Posted 08/27/2007 - 09:33:38 AM by AlecIsAlec:
 It was pretty amazing either way
 
Posted 08/27/2007 - 09:41:20 AM by cvbcvb:
 In response to FHJay1: It's unbelievably funny without it.
 
Posted 08/27/2007 - 10:32:13 AM by DeSandro:
 Jonah Hill was so un-likeable. Did his character have any redeeming qualities? The cops and McLovin scenes were genius.
 
Posted 08/27/2007 - 10:53:24 AM by timtheavenger:
 Seriously?? This movie was "amazing" and "hilarious?" What a depressing review, showing that a movie predicated on one joke varied through different obscenities can be considered so good. I found, honestly, not an ounce on intelligence or heart or, really, anything positive in the entire movie. "It reminds us that, through all the humiliating and uncomfortable moments that kids suffer between the ages of 15 and 18, the bonds of camaraderie only grow stronger, allowing for the eventual exorcism of our insecurities as we steal off to college." Did you Go to college? Insecurities strengthen as we steal off - nothing is exorcised. Freshmen year is possibly the most awkward portion of a person's life. Friendships, especially, are not solidified; they are shaken to their weakest link. I honestly can't believe how poor comedies have become lately...
 
Posted 08/27/2007 - 11:05:50 AM by KissMyGrits:
 So Timtheavenger, it sounds like you're pissed because this movie is stealing attention away from your horrible freshman year at college? What the hell does college being more awkward have to do with this movie? You're one of those folks who was such a social spaz that they never got invited anywhere anyway, and so you decided to act like you were above it to begin with. "Ha, look at those peons as they drink their light beer and watch their teen sex romps. Good thing I've got my massive collection of Criterion dvds to get me through the lonely nights." Loser.
 
Posted 08/27/2007 - 11:10:12 AM by timtheavenger:
 thank you Kiss, for modeling for everyone what a poor retort looks like. wait a minute... are you a pitchfork music reviewer????
 
Posted 08/27/2007 - 11:34:17 AM by KissMyGrits:
 Ahh, how the LOLs abound as we dig into the comedy goldmine that is contrasting stylus with pitchfork. Well played.
 
Posted 08/27/2007 - 12:31:38 PM by allison1:
 the Marquess of Queensberry rules strictly preclude ad hominem, gentlemen
 
Posted 08/27/2007 - 02:08:22 PM by skwm84:
 What a glowing review for only a mediocre film. I really expected more based on these types of reviews, and after seeing it think that it could have been a lot better. The characters of McLovin and Evan were funny and enjoyable but there was too many overdone scenes and jokes. Almost everything with the cops (even Rogen wasn't very funny) wasn't funny, just the same trite boring teen comedy scenes. Dick jokes are great, but not if they are said every other sentence. I really think Rogen could have written a more innovative script (he did do some of the writing right?) and with Michael Cera, I really thought the humor would be more like Arrested Development, which would have been GREAT. "..it’s also a surprisingly resonant tale of male friendship and an honest, authentic paean to the painfully formative years known as high school." It really wasn't that, and yes, freshman year in college, if you actually leave town and live on campus, is more awkward many times that your senior year in HS.
 
Posted 08/27/2007 - 05:18:50 PM by prohibitedart:
 Wow, Superbad is simply not this good. It's a B- at best. For an "A" rating the film should do at least something we haven't seen before, and it nearly fails with that on all levels. The pointless situations with the two cops consume way too much of the film, which is too long anyway. Superbad is funny, but it's not the stellar film it aspires to be (and critics have a role in this). Apatow and Rogen are more concerned with writing dick jokes than intelligent dialogue. We see flashes of this from time to time, so my final question is: why can't Apatow/Rogen produce a film as amazing and intelligent as the Freaks and Geeks series was?
 
Posted 08/27/2007 - 08:39:54 PM by Garret:
 This movie is so great on so many levels. Most accurate depiction of high school awkwardness in all its forms, most accurate depiction of male relationships with other males and that with the women that surround/confound them, completely fucking hilarious... this thing succeeds in ways that "40 Year Old Virgin" and "Knocked Up" didn't in that it gets the balance between comedy and heartwarmingness exactly right, without having the latter overwhelm the former (or as in "Anchorman", the other way around... not that this is a bad thing.) I had extremely high hopes for this thing and they were exceeded in the most wonderful of ways. The Jay Reatard's Blood Visions of cinema. Fabulous.
 
Posted 08/28/2007 - 09:08:14 AM by skwm84:
 I wonder why people think this movie had "heartwarmingness". When I think of a comedy that is also serious at times in its portrayal of human relationships that comes off as touching, I think of Little Miss Sunshine. Do people think this because Evan and Seth slept on the floor together and hugged each other? Oh so charming. But that isn't even the end of the movie! They appear to get the girls at the end! This isn't accurate or balanced or charming, just some really funny crude/awkward moment humor at times with some bad filler. But I do have hope that Michael Cera will move on and actually do the movie some people think this is.
 
Posted 08/28/2007 - 04:29:00 PM by barbarian:
 I saw this one with my mom. I also got high beforehand. It was pretty fun. I'm not sure if I'd give it an A, but what the fuck? It's all good. Thanks for review, bub.
 
Posted 08/29/2007 - 10:56:21 AM by andrecymone:
 My God... I mean, I had an awkward and insecure freshman year of college too but I have never seen a cry for help in the form of a comment on a movie review like timtheavenger's first comment here. Someone get that man some prozac I don't know about you guys, (well, I do because I read your comments) but real life is serious enough for me, and this movie made me laugh more than any movie I've seen in forever, and I was completely sober. So, eff it, A+
 
Posted 08/30/2007 - 11:40:10 PM by kirk_kigler:
 I think, that to review this movie fairly, we must look at it as if it were in a vacuum, and as part of the high school/teen movie canon. That said I believe the end results are the same: this movie is excellent. From the viewpoint of a vacuum, it has plenty of dick jokes, and that's hilarious. And from the canonical viewpoint it has a lot of dick jokes, and it's been done before, but they approach them in such an ingeneous way that they're still fresh and funny. I mean, who can remember a line anywhere similar to "No one's got their dick sucked in cargo shorts since Nam"? I can't. Their is also the obligatory growing parts of the movie, the two childhood friends are forced to split up, and they learn to cope with that. I can't believe the number of responces saying that the heartwarmingness of this movie is absent and/or bogus. skwm84 says: "When I think of a comedy that is also serious at times in its portrayal of human relationships that comes off as touching, I think of Little Miss Sunshine. Do people think this because Evan and Seth slept on the floor together and hugged each other?" Well, is that not a reasonable way for characters to show affection? I sympathize with these characters, both with the human and nerdy Evan and the crude and fat Seth. I loved it, and am not shy to call it the Animal House of My Generation.