Superbad (2007)

Director: Greg Mottola
Two co-dependent high school seniors are forced to deal with separation anxiety after their plan to stage a booze-soaked party goes awry.

Genre: Comedy/Romance
Awards: -
Runtime: 114min

M18 (cut) for pervasive crude and sexual content, strong language, drinking, some drug use and a fantasy/comic violent image - all involving teens.



From the director (Judd Apatow) of The 40-Year Old Virgin and the recent modern classic Knocked Up, comes another romantic comedy in which he produces - Superbad. It's a shame that Apatow isn't handed the directorial role in this film as Superbad is clearly inferior to Knocked Up. It's lackluster in many occasions while acting is generally plasticky. The real deal of Superbad lies in the screenwriting which is both juicy and blatantly entertaining, but only of scenes relating to the three main characters - Seth, Evan and Fogell.

There's awkward chemistry amongst the trio, though their characterizations are fairly good. The film s
tarts to get 'hot' when two cops enter the picture, interfering with the trio's plan to buy booze with a fake I.D for a party out with the ladies. It's also ironic that Superbad begins its ominous slide downhill with the introduction of those two cops. It's quite evident that most of the uneven pacing, and weak dialogue, as well as unfunny situations occur around the two cumbersome law enforcers. This is also the primary factor Superbad gets a 6.5 rating.

There's a tinge of bittersweetness during the film's final moments (which I'll not reveal any further) that makes it a more wholesome film than American Pie and its derivatives. Superbad is rude and offending. Profanities gush out like floods breaching brick walls. While there's no nudity, it's interesting to
note that Superbad contains some of the most visually-offending stuff ever put on screen - hundreds of phallic drawings that's unbelievably crude and gross. The penis is a beautiful thing but Superbad tries all ways to make it look repulsive. The letdown of Superbad still lies mostly on the cops' part which is a big mistake by the screenwriters. Anyone who has seen Hot Fuzz can tell.

GRADE: C+ (6.5/10 or 3 stars)

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