• James Rutherford

'Superbad': A Spectacularly Amusing and Wistful Tale of Three Friends' Final Days of High School


Movie poster for the film Superbad

Superbad (2007) is a resoundingly humorous and endearing American comedy starring Jonah Hill and Michael Cera as Seth and Evan, best of friends since childhood now entrenched in the waning days of their high school education. Facing the daunting reality of separation once they depart for different universities in the fall, the pair conspires to daringly procure and deliver alcohol to their class' climactic blowout.


Teaming with their eccentric associate Fogell (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), Seth and Evan hatch a plan to illegally purchase alcohol for the party hosted by Jules (Emma Stone), Seth's object of infatuation. Underage and of limited resources, Seth and Evan rely on Fogell to acquire false identification in order to make the key purchase—but are incensed when he returns with a fake ID absurdly naming him "McLovin", a 25-year-old resident of Hawaii. As the storyline progresses, the three principals find themselves on divergent paths that beset by the intervention of a volatile stick-up man, affable police officers (Seth Rogan and Bill Hader), a deranged homeless man, a party full of intimidating adults, and Evan's own amorous love interest Becca (Martha MacIsaac).


Written by Rogen and Evan Goldberg (inspired by their own teenage antics in Vancouver, BC) and directed by Greg Mottola (The Daytrippers, Adventureland), Superbad is a light-hearted and thoroughly enjoyable teenage escapade. Hill and Cera bring wonderfully natural chemistry and comedic timing to their roles, while Mintz-Plasse nearly steals the show as the inimitable (and now legendary) "McLovin". With wry touches of wistfulness and endearing sentiment, it's one of the finest American comedies in recent memory—one sure to engender gleeful repeat viewings well into the future.

 

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