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Bungion Boy’s Feeling SUPERBAD!!

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. It’s interesting that the two comedies I’ve heard the most buzz about so far this year are both from the Judd Apatow/Shauna Robertson production factory that seems to be kicking ass nonstop right now. KNOCKED UP seems to be killing audiences every time it’s shown, and now we’re starting to get more and more reports saying the same about SUPERBAD. I’ll have my own review of this one soon, but for now, let’s see what long-time contributor Bungion Boy has to say about it:

Hey Harry, et al. Bungion Boy back in New York again. I’ve been out of town working for four months but I just got back this week. There’s a ton of screenings I’ve been meaning to catch up on, (Knocked Up being at the top of the list) but tonight I lucked out and got to attend a screening of “Superbad.” Some spoilers to follow. In case you don’t know, this is the film written by Seth Rogan and his best friend Evan Goldberg and it is supposedly loosely based on their own relationship in high school. They’re played by Jonah Hill (underused frequently films like “40 Year Old Virgin” and “Accepted”) and Michael Cera, (George Michael from “Arrested Development). All "Arrested Develpoment" fans will be overjoyed to see George Michael in R rated mode. The story is remarkably simple, which helps the movie to get laughs from the dialogue and characters, rather than a lot of exposition. Seth and Evan are about to graduate from high school and will be going to separate colleges. Both are upset about parting as best friends, though they try not to show it. A crush of Seth’s is having a party and she asks him to get the alcohol. Feeling that doing so will surely get him laid, he and Evan make it their mission to get alcohol, enlisting help from their even geekier friend Fogell who has just gotten a fake ID, which unfortunately lists his name as “McLovin.” The film chronicles the adventures they have throughout their night in their quest to get alcohol. Many of what happens is hilarious but the film is strongest in its first 45 minutes or so when we just get to see Seth and Evan talk to each other at school. The dialogue is so sharp and the discussions are funny and random, without it feeling like extra filler or dialogue that Rogan wrote for something else and just decided to insert it into this. The highlights involve a home economics class, Jonah Hill talking about his obsession of drawing dicks when he was younger, and what sort of porn websites they should subscribe to in college, (“What’s the point of a vagina without a dick in it? Have you ever seen a vagina by itself? Not for me.”). The two are both natural comics. A lot seems to be improvised and after watching them in this movie, you just want to hang out with them. They’re cool guys, and how refreshing to see a movie in which the geeky and fat teens are not detested by the rest of the student body. The hot girls find them attractive and want them to come to their parties. Even “McLovin,” who looks a lot more like the typical movie nerd is welcomed at the party and not ridiculed. There is only one brief hint of a jock who torments Seth and Evan. He has about 2 lines and looks just as real and kind of nerdy as they do. All the kids in this movie look like people you went to high school with. Not stock characters from a bunch of teen movies. Christopher Mintz-Plasse is also incredibly funny as McLovin, partly because he feels so authentic, rather than an actor just playing a nerd. His night takes him on a wild ride with a couple of cops (Seth Rogan and Bill Hader) who question him after he is punched in the face during a liquor store robbery. The cops seem to think that McLovin is a badass guy and they spend the night getting him drunk and trying to impress him. These scenes usually move the action away from Seth and Evan and feels a little out of place with the rest of the film, but it isn’t any less hilarious. Frankly it could have been a movie on its own. Rogan of course is hysterical as always and Hader just proves how underused he is at Saturday Night Live. They start out playing them as the stupidest cops in the world, and eventually things escalate and they become dangerously irresponsible and kind of scary. While the hilarious McLovin/cop scenes are going on, the rest of the film kind of slows down for Seth and Evan. There is about a 20 minute lull that is a little less funny when in an effort to get booze, they follow a creepy sexual predator (The State’s Joe Lo Truglio) to a party. There are some laughs at the party, and some cameos from former Apatow regulars like Carla Gallo, Kevin Corrigan, and David Krumholtz, but they stay at the party for too long and the biggest problem is that the two get separated and have problems on their own, one involving menstrual blood and the other involving singing for cokeheads. Both gags kind of fall flat and I found myself looking at my watch. The movie seems to forget that what was working so well before was the interaction between Seth and Evan. Once they find each other again and leave the party the laughs return big time. The last act is very well done, while being funny and also realistic and dramatic, pointing out some of the harsh realities of teenage drinking, instead of just making everything cool and fun like most movies. I’m unhappy to report that a large portion of the audience didn’t seem to appreciate the dramatic turn. Many of them seemed to be cheering (too loudly) for date rape. Also, when Seth and Evan start expressing their true feelings as best friends there were a lot of homophobic groans and even some asshole shouting out lines from “Brokeback Mountain.” Hilarious. But I’m not here to start another audience rant, ala Quint. The “I love you” moment, that can be seen in the trailer, really is a beautiful and true moment in the film. Also hilarious. After all, this movie isn’t American Pie. The point of this movie isn’t about getting fucked up and getting laid. It’s a story about friendship. Not just a friend but a BEST friend, which everyone knows can be just as meaningful as a romantic relationship. This is a true hetero man-love story and a hilarious one. Mark my words, come August, people are going to be quoting this movie so much it might start to become annoying. I have hopes of this being a great summer for comedy. With movies like “Knocked Up” and “Superbad,” I’m sure it will be. -Bungion Boy
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  • April 25, 2007, 4:57 a.m. CST

    Supergood

    by goku_z

    this movie sounds more like super good than super bad.

  • April 25, 2007, 5:12 a.m. CST

    I've said this before...

    by krodnoc

    The Seth Rogan scripted episode of Undeclared was it's best moment in it's painfully short life. Count me in!

  • April 25, 2007, 5:22 a.m. CST

    I thought

    by conbarba

    this was that Bryan Singer movie of last year

  • April 25, 2007, 5:50 a.m. CST

    Seth Fu*ken Rogen!!

    by Redfive!

    I love that busshie bastard,he's great in everything he does from F&G,Undeclared and 40 year old Virgin.I know this and Knocked up are gonna be the comedy gems of the summer,even beating out Evan Almighty.

  • April 25, 2007, 7:02 a.m. CST

    Sixth!!!!

    by The Central Scrutinizer

    Good news. Sounds like Apatow & company are going to be on quite a roll.

  • April 25, 2007, 7:04 a.m. CST

    I heard...

    by keanho_in_nyc

    the Bungion Boy was out of town trying to transform himself into Shia LaBeouf; care to comment?

  • April 25, 2007, 7:15 a.m. CST

    Harold and Kumar Go to Brokeback Mountain

    by Spandau Belly

    I liked both H&K GO TO WHITE CASTLE and BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, so this sounds like a good flick.

  • April 25, 2007, 7:34 a.m. CST

    audiences whooping

    by BizarroJerry

    I very rarely am at a movie where anyone yells anything or cheers or applauds. Maybe I go to boring theaters or something.

  • April 25, 2007, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Saw this

    by conniebrean1

    probably at the same screening last night, complete with the one Brokeback Mountain line from the front rows somewhere. Pretty hilarious, although there is a section that has no jokes and feels forced regarding best friend seperation and college and so forth. But all of the leads were really great and Seth Rogen is the man. Great movie.

  • April 25, 2007, 8:15 a.m. CST

    i was the "I wish I knew how to quit you" guy.

    by hdotghostdotcase

    and it wasn't meant as homophobic, or to distract, because the moment when i yelled it, there was lull in the movie, we all knew what the efff was going on, i thought it was cute and adorable how Cera and Hill had a slightly homoerotic moment, something that was seemingly embraced, which would rarely ever happen in a comedic teen high school movie.

  • April 25, 2007, 8:25 a.m. CST

    So Bungion...

    by Some Dude

    ...it seems like you are trying to say that this movie is safe for nerds to see and that they won't get laughed at in the theater. What a strange point to make.

  • April 25, 2007, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Some Dude

    by PotSmokinAlien

    more of a strange point to take away from the review... dont exactly think that is what dude was trying to say

  • April 25, 2007, 8:42 a.m. CST

    SHAWN EDWARDS SAYS:

    by Frijole

    "SUPERBAD is supergreat! The most outrageous comedy since WHITE CHICKS!"

  • April 25, 2007, 8:48 a.m. CST

    I disagree...

    by stoptalking

    That the first 45 minutes are the best. I thought the movie was hysterical, and it needed scenes to separate the characters so you got a sense of them on their own. To me, the movie takes off when Cera and Hill start actually doing something, instead of just bantering for the camera. That said, the movie is truly hilarious.

  • April 25, 2007, 8:54 a.m. CST

    also...

    by stoptalking

    not many movies can make a visual Tiananmen Square joke that makes me double over, crying.

  • April 25, 2007, 9:16 a.m. CST

    PotSmokinAlien: a quote you missed between tokes

    by Some Dude

    "They’re cool guys, and how refreshing to see a movie in which the geeky and fat teens are not detested by the rest of the student body. The hot girls find them attractive and want them to come to their parties. Even “McLovin,” who looks a lot more like the typical movie nerd is welcomed at the party and not ridiculed. There is only one brief hint of a jock who torments Seth and Evan. "

  • April 25, 2007, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Was At This Screening

    by bkiddo25

    Loved the film. The crowd ate it up and seemed to enjoy the fuck out of it. What i loved most were the believable kid characters (especially Seth and Evan played to brilliance by Jonah Hill and Michael Cera). Yes, the cop storyline was way over the top and took away from the main story of the two friends, but it was always hillarious and their relationship with McLovin is a highlight of the film. I agree with the original reviewer though. Many in the audience were making the mistake of thinking the film was all about these guys getting with the girls, when it is really about them coming to terms that they have to leave their best friend in the next year and have to learn to say goodbye and seperate. Hence, when some guy yelled out, "I wish I knew how to quit you!" It was hetero-man love, not homo-erotic love that these two characters felt for each other. Also on a total side note the girls in the film were fucking hot as hell especially Jules and Becca. Funniest film I've seen since 40 Year Old Virgin. Can't wait for Knocked Up.

  • April 25, 2007, 10:07 a.m. CST

    it was however funny hdot

    by bkiddo25

    i can't say that i did not laugh when you screamed the brokeback line out. there definetly was a pause and your timing was impeccable lol

  • April 25, 2007, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Saw the trailer before Grindhouse . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . Laughed out loud. There's my two cents.

  • April 25, 2007, 10:52 a.m. CST

    This review made me wanna see it

    by Xenodistortion

    though before I read this I saw a trailer for Superbad at the A.T.H.F. movie and I thought it looked stupid. Even though guys like Seth and Judd an the gang were attached to it (not to mention everyone in that movie is was in something brilliant at one point or another) the way that trailer was put together made it look like they sold out and made a hacky third-rate teen-pie-date-shit fest of a movie trying to make some of that 40 year old virgin money while fooling the diehard fans of these guys with the promise of their previous writings. That review gave me hope though. I am still on the fence about seeing it in the theater though. I'll either netflix it or see it at the theater on a weekday in it's last run so I can avoid the flocks of young loud retards who will see this film for sure.

  • April 25, 2007, 11:30 a.m. CST

    keanho_in_nyc

    by Bungion Boy

    You magnificent bastard. If I ever find out who you are... And to those who are on about me pointing out that the movie is "safe for nerds," my point is that it is refreshing to see less popular, normal kids in a movie that aren't portrayed as stereotypical extras from "Revenge of the Nerds." Not that there's anything wrong with that cinematic gem.

  • April 25, 2007, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Bungion Boy

    by shmu65

    You're a douchebag. Way to ruin all the funny moments for everybody. Especially the McLovin name. You're the guy that has to tell everybody what's going to happen in a movie right before it happens. Saying things like, "watch this" or "this part is so funny just watch" Way to go a**hole. Do us all a favor and don't do any more reviews for AICN.

  • April 25, 2007, 12:36 p.m. CST

    shmu65

    by Bungion Boy

    I think my review was pretty spoiler free. The McLovin' gag is in the trailer so I thought it was safe to comment on. I only quoted one line that struck me as funny. But there are dozens of hilarious, quotable lines. More than I could list. I also deliberately didn't mention what I felt were the funniest bits in the movie. My friend, who I went with, and I agreed that a few gags were too good to be revealed. So yes, I mentioned a few things from the film, but there was more that I didn't, and to be fair, I offered a spoiler warning at the top. As for the accusation that I'm a bag of douche? Well it's not the first time I've been accused of that. Maybe you're on to something.

  • April 25, 2007, 1:18 p.m. CST

    spermicidal lube

    by jaylerd

    spermicidal lube

  • April 25, 2007, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Bungion Boy

    by sevenrivera

    Ignore him. You did a good job dude. I can't wait to see the movie.