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|Popcorn Review by Jonathan Soleymani
August 19, 2007
Two co-dependent high school seniors (Jonah Hill and Michael Cera) are forced to deal with separation anxiety when they realize they're about to graduate from high school, and they aren't going to the same college.
Writers Seth Rogen (Knocked Up, 40 Year Old Virgin) and Evan Goldberg (Exec Producer of Knocked Up) started this script when they were just 14 years old citing the reason as being "we just wanted to see if we could write a movie." Years later, with Rogan's stock sky rocketing because of Knocked Up and other films, the film was finally made.
Seth and Evan, the characters, are cartoon-ish versions of the writers, which makes it all the more funny. How much of this shit REALLY happened to these guys? Who knows...but the fact is, you can see YOURSELF in them, and remember your OWN adventures from that age. I know I did.
If you're a girl who doesn't like "potty humor" or fart jokes, you may not like this one. Its really meant for guys and gals who remember their high school days - and remember how shitty they were.
Other than that, there isn't a whole lot of negatives in Superbad.
Very well cast, the breakout star of the film will be Christopher Mintz-Plasse, who plays Fogel/'McLovin.' His very first audition, and thus first acting roll, Mintz-Plasse will be the next "geek" in films for years to come - think Anthony Michael Hall after Breakfast Club and National Lampoon's Vacation.
Jonah Hill and Michael Cera are also very well cast in this, obviously as mirror images of the film's writers, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
The girls in the film are JUST cute enough to be HOT, but not so much where you think - that's ridiculous. Let's face it - Hill and Cera are NOT Brad Pitt, but they can pull it off. They're geeks who get the girl. Always nice to see.
The film is VERY funny, but what will keep this film around for years is how much of a HEART it really has. Not only does it show friendship between to young guys, but also shows that there ARE rules when it comes to women. Yes, "Bros before Hos," but it is more than that. Of course, you want the girl - but you may not want to go TOO far to get her. Makes you smile, trust me.
'Superbad' also shows how STUPID men get when it comes to women. We'll do absolutely ANYTHING when it comes to them. And these guys do. Hey, they're in high school and they truly believe this is their last chance.
This film is 100% this year's Animal House or American Pie. Its hilarious, well written, well acted and SMART. All that, and it has emotion, friendship and a moral compass. All ingredients that are needed in a comedy that people will love for generations. GO SEE IT!