I heard about this film through its extensive viral marketing on the web. However, I missed it during its run in the theaters.
Superbad is a raunchy, if limited in scope, comedy with some enjoyable moments. The movie seems to have a focus, which was drastically lacking in Hot Rod, and it moves along to that key plot point. That key point is the two characters getting laid.
Judd Apatow is producer behind this project with Greg Mottola being the director. For all purposes, Apatow’s style is all over this movie, and it feels like he directed portions of it. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg wrote the script. It has a certain comedic sparks of the Rogen/Apatow pair.
There are a ton of dirty jokes and nasty sight gags thrown in for good measure, but they’re not done solely for ticket sells. (Watch any of the American Pie movies post American Wedding for that crap.) Actually, there is one joke involving a girl in a miniskirt that I won’t even mention in this review, because it is really nasty. Michael Cera is useless mainly because he’s still playing George-Michael Bluth from Arrested Development. So, Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen are the guys that end up saving this movie.
Superbad is definitely better than many of the other safe teen comedies that came out this year. While the plot is focused on an end goal, the story tends to loose some steam in a few places. I wouldn’t say this was one of the best comedies of the year, but it was still a pretty good movie. It made me laugh, and that’s all I wanted from a comedy.