Review: Superbad

The one lonely soul that actually reads this site is going to be a journalism major, hold your laughter, therefore he will most likely be madly in love with the concept of full disclosure. While we here at TSV lean more wannabe Lester Bangs than psuedo Seymour Hersh, I shall provide that disclosure to the fullest to avoid losing that one reader, please don’t stop reading I’m begging you.

You see, R.H. and I have been writing a screenplay and it bears striking resemblances to Superbad. Also, the words on this page are jumping around since I am extremely hung over in keeping with the spirit of the holiday season. Last but not least, I am extremely madly in love with Michael Cera in a totally heterosexual way due to Arrested Development.

Since Superbad was the most hyped event post Y2k, I am sure that the plot will be extremely familiar. Three buddies attempt to get alcohol and get laid, hilarious hijinks ensue. The movie is very good but it does not have the inspired lunacy of Mr.Cera’s best work, Arrested Development. Superbad occasionally fall victim to the school of comedy which suggests that merely having actors improvise raunchy, dirty conversations is funny enough. How interesting can genitalia get? When Superbad diverts from this formula and attempts to do jokes that Kevin Smith has not already thought of and thrown away, it achieves many moments of brilliance.

McLovin’, enough said. Every single scene involving the Cops/Mclovin and Michael Cera is pure brilliance. It is nearly impossible to express how truly incredible of a comedic talent Mr.Cera is. Whether he is making an Asian kid into a cat with flour whiskers or jumping in fright as his phone vibrates, Mr.Cera steals the show, he is the best thing since golden snowflake vodka. Juno would have been much better if Jason Reitman had given him an awkward situation and simply let his falsetto loose.

Another star is Christopher Mintz-Plasse, who will forever be defined for better or for worse as McLovin, he owns the role and every scene he is in. Bill Hader and Seth Rogen are consistently funny and endearing in their man child ways as the coolest cops this side of Riggs and Murtaugh. Seth Rogen also co wrote the screenplay with Evan Goldberg when they were 13. With Superbad, He has proven himself to be a consistent talent and I look forward to riding the Pinapple Express.

Yes, Superbad is clearly a very good comedy but it does have its flaws, the foremost of which is Jonah Hill. His performance is forced and unfunny, he tries extremely hard but cannot really act. I do not know how he got into the movie business but I hope that he does not stay there. The dialogue he is given is generally stellar as the script is very strong, but his lack of timing and/or creativity is sadly apparent. Memo: Saying naughty words in an angry manner is not always funny. All that he is good for is getting hit by a car. Perhaps Mr.Cera can give him lessons on timing and actually acting.

All in all, Superbad suffered from the post 40 year old Virgin, post Knocked Up Apatow hype machine. Luckily, it still came out on top. It was a small pop culture defining moment and one of the best comedies of the year which just a few weaknesses. Knocked Up and Virgin might have been better but it is nearly impossible to decide. To the critics of Superbad who hated it, I’m looking at you Richard Corliss/Schnikel, you are wrong. It is a bro mance but there is nothing wrong with that, grow up. Sure the female characters are not given much to work with but if you have read Christopher Hitchens’ excellent article on the role of women in comedy, you know that this has historically been the case for whatever reason. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have made a very very good movie. Now if only they can edit out Jonah Hill somehow and give me more lines to quote so I appear more hip and dare I say, Superbad.

-Vman

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  1. “Superbad” is one of the funniest and best buddy/coming-of-age comedies I’ve seen in a long, long time. The Jonah Hill/Michael Cera pairing is pure genius because their comedy styles, although totally different, work swimmingly together. Don’t even get me started on Mintz-Plasse as McLovin, the wannabe Irish R&B singer. B-E-A-Utiful.

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