Superbad: Like if John Hughes was Dirty Minded

Rewatching a film from childhood can make you realize just how garbage it was, or how impressive your taste was from a young age. And I gotta say, Superbad made me proud.

I rediscovered this film at a place called Movie Madness Video, which, if you’re from Portland, is like the Powell’s bookstore of movies. After a misunderstanding that most of all the films were available for purchase, I was directed to the one or two racks of buy-able movies. And that’s where I found this gem.

Now, It’s gonna sound like I’m gushing all over this film, but does have it’s cons. But let’s talk about it’s great features. First off, if you haven’t seen this film, prepare to witness the bringing ups of A LOT of famous talented actors, which even as someone who saw it at it’s release still baffles me. The stellar cast includes Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Emma Stone, Bill Hader, Seth Rogan, and so many other supporting actors. Each of the characters feel unique and orginal. Like, Emma Stone and Martha MacIsaac’s characters had the potential to just be boring and typical love interestess for the main characters, but they’re charming and interesting. Speaking of the main characters, Hill and Cera’s pairing is one made in heaven. The two provide the story with very funny best friends having to face, essentially, a divorce. The film introduces this early on, and is really the heart of this story. The way they bounced off each other is just on point.

The writing is a great early piece from the minds of Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg. While not all jokes are gut-busters, they never fail to make me giggle a little. The pacing in the middle slips just a touch, but overall, the timeframe of just one night keeps the story going in exciting directions. The director, though I have only seen one of this other films(Adventure Land), Greg Mottola’s should be very proud in his direction in this. Every choice, such as the clothing, music, and style, really felt complete and full of intent.

Cons of this film, like before, some of the jokes aren’t always super great. In fact, a lot of viewers may have been turned off from it’s super vulgar and inappropriate language and the main character’s motivations are essentially to get laid. But that only means it’s not for everybody.

I really love this film: both for it’s sentimental value and overall. I actually was nicknamed in middle school “McLovin” because of a shirt that was made by McDonalds(probably because they loved the film too). I suggest watching it, it’s pretty available online, or buy it on DVD, if you can find it. It’s a really fun time to revisit this classic or to see what these actors had going on before their fame.

Thank you for reading!

Featured Photo Credit: Jeff Boyes

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