I was so looking forward to seeing Superbad, that I think I ruined it for myself. I laughed a lot, and probably cringed plenty too, but I was hoping it would be better.
Jonah Hill and Michael Cera star as two almost done with high school teens, who go all out to try to get as much, um, practice, before hitting college. Things get really crazy when their friend, played well by newcomer Christopher Mintz-Plasse, scores a fake ID. All sort of hilarious shenanigans happen next…
Martha MacIssac and Emma Stone play the two lucky girls our heroes are mostly after, and they did nicely too. Jonah Hill probably steals the show because his character, Seth, is so over the top with his lewdness. He just doesn’t stop, and truthfully, the character kind of annoyed me. But Hill did a good job at it.
Michael Cera, who I knew previously from TV’s Arrested Development, played the more responsible, lower key Evan, and he was pretty much the most likable character in the movie.
Superbad was written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and directed by Greg Mottola, who has previously done mostly TV, including some of the aforementioned Arrested. Seth Rogen, who was so great in KNOCKED UP, is also in the movie as one of two of the worst cops ever committed to film. I know I’m just a grumpy old fart, but their total over the top ridiculousness bugged me. I mean, this isn’t a movie that’s based in reality, but overall, it was such a broad comedy, that it kinda bugged me.
And I kinda think at times it was just vulgar for vulgarity’s sake.
But like I said, I did laugh plenty.
So even though this seems like a decidedly mixed review, I’d recommend it to the not easily offended…