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Superbad

Starring: Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse

Sometimes it happens in a strange manner or in a way you would least expect it. Nonetheless, it is bound to happen at some point. The Movie Mind is just hoping that it hasn’t happened yet. I can’t be aging myself out of my target demographic already, can I? Unfortunately, it was a thought that crossed my mind multiple times throughout watching Superbad.

There were a bunch of instances where I was laughing out loud, or cringing, or watching in shock and awe of what they just said. There were also a number of times where I let out the ol’ proverbial yawn and said, “Been there, done that.” I was referring, of course, to the recycled plot and writing. Listen, I can’t be that far out of the target market for this movie. I mean, I still think when someone farts in their hand and throws it in their buddy’s face is one of the funniest moves a guy can ever pull. I just have an issue with the retread American Pie flicks that plug-and-play the hot new screwball kid-actors. To be fair, it is said that Seth Rogan, who played slacker grown-up cop Officer Michaels, started writing this film when he was 13. I suspect that had something to do with why he felt the need to dirty-up the old jokes that have been done a few times already. I also suspect that is why there were some really, hysterical scenes as well. See…maybe I’m not so far out of that demographic after all. 

I would have been much more “fulfilled” during this movie if it was renamed “McLovin” and featured newcomer Christopher Mintz-Plasse in all of the scenes instead of just a few. This kid is the hilarious new dork-of-the-moment (for reference, see: DJ Qualls from Road Trip, Jon Heder from Napoleon Dynamite, etc.) who in my opinion, carried the load through a lot of this film. While the focus is on Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan’s (Michael Cera) relationship as joined at the hip best friends (sometimes a bit too literally joined at the hip), their relationship merely serve as a backdrop to all the one-liners and antics. The evolution of their friendship as it shifts into the next stage of their lives is not nearly as effective as the writers may be patting themselves on the back for. After all, when you recycle the plot over and over again, the newest dirty jokes are all that will let you stand out from the rest.

 Maybe this is heresy to some readers, but I am already over Jonah Hill. I think he is a dime-a-dozen type of actor who will find out that once he is without a role where he drops an f-bomb every other word, he is nothing more than a bit-part player. You could substitute one of a hundred guys in his role and the performance does not change one bit.

Michael Cera, on the other hand, has a refreshing performance and without him to balance out Hill this movie spirals downward real fast. His naive awe-shux demeanor and smooth delivery make him a young actor that I will look forward to seeing again. Seth Rogan is amusing at the least but the biggest surprise was his cop-partner Bill Hader, as Officer Slater. He is hilarious and a perfect fit to the adult-version of McLovin.

It only takes so much talent to be the next movie to push the envelope to see what you can get away with. There will always be those movies that succeed in making us laugh like we were kids again, while making us strain to reminisce if we were actually like that at one time. No matter how “aged” we become, we will probably always laugh out loud at those jokes. Still, after a while, even we need a little more. Especially since those jokes are always better the first time around. I don’t think that means we age out of that target demographic, but instead just move the one we are in with us.
Submitted 1-28-08

If You Like This You Should Watch:  American Pie, Can’t Hardly Wait
Better Than:  Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
Worse Than:  Road Trip, Knocked Up

Interesting Cameo Appearance:  David Krumholtz as Benji Austin (a.k.a the math-nerd from Numb3rs as one of the dudes snorting blow at the party when they confuse Evan with the singer and force him to sing)

Memorable Quotes:
Officer Michaels: How old are you McLovin?
Fogell: Old enough.
Officer Slater: Old enough for what?
Fogell: To party.

Evan: Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, It was so pimp, I even offered to pay for the alcohol.
Seth: Oh no, that IS pimp.
Evan: That’s what I was afraid of.

Fogell: Hell yeah we should get some road beers!

Officer Michaels: McLovin?
Fogell: Yeah.
Officer Michaels: Great name.
Officer Slater: It is. It just rolls of the tongue.
Officer Michaels: Sounds like a sexy hamburger!

Officer Slater: Hey kid, what’s your real name?
Fogell: Fogell… it’s Fogell.
Officer Michaels: Fogell? Fuck that, we’re calling you McLovin!

Evan: It’s like a division sign… I just wish you would take those off.

Evan: Yeah… they said that would happen in Health Class.

Fogell: Hey!
Seth: Don’t tell Fogell about the party, man…
Fogell: Gangstaaaaaaaaaaasss… what’s up guys?

3 Comments

  1. Man, you’re crazy. This one is a go see in the theater for sure.

    Absolutely the funniest movie of 2007.

  2. Totally agree Movie Mind. Add it to the Netflix.com list. Jonah Hill just made the f-bomb less meaningful.

    Funny Shocking and Boring….right on the nose!

  3. I am in the exact ‘hit’ age range for this movie and I could only watch an hour and 20 minutes before turning it off. I laughed about twice (the scenes with the Cops) and was otherwise bored or disgusted with the language/plot. I thought this was hailed as a hilarious and smart movie where it really only turned out to be ‘What is the maximum number of times you can say Fuck and make penis jokes and still make people laugh?’ production (and when I say people I assume really this was written for teenage boys, the only people I can see really calling this movie a ‘must see classic’).

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