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A Couple Of New Reviews For SUPERBAD!

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. You’ll see. This one is the real deal, and I expect that word of mouth is going to keep getting better until it’s finally released and it turns into the runaway hit it deserves to be. Check it out:

Had a chance to attend a Superbad screening at the ArcLight in Hollywood , CA last night, and thought I would give you my thoughts. Superbad is about the most retardedly funny, vulgar, rude, and somehow sweet movie of the summer. This is a movie that embraces its stupidity like a juiced up boner and then delights in slapping your face with it. The story follows three regular high school guys on a mission to get laid before they graduate high school. As you can tell, this is real high brow stuff, and the movie doesn’t stop challenging your intellect for even a moment. Oh who the fuck am I kidding? This movie is filled to the brim with dick jokes, lugey jokes, gizz jokes and enough foul language to frighten a sailor. At the heart of the movie are Evan, Seth and Fogell, three underwhelming geeky types who have spent the last 4 years of their lives spending more time with each other than trying to branch out and make friends. The opportunity arises early in the film for Seth (Jonah Hill), the obnoxious fat guy of the trio, to provide liquor for one last party to be hosted by a ginger-headed hotty that Seth desperately wants to fuck, eat out and/or penetrate her mouth repeatedly. As it happens, Fogell (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), the super-nerd of the group, is acquiring a fake ID to make the purchase possible. Meanwhile, Evan (Arrested Development’s Michael Cera), the kind of goofy goody-two-shoes you just want to punch a lot, is determined to admit his feelings for lifelong love Becca. Problems arise when Fogell’s liquor buying attempt turns into a assault/robbery. The story then diverges following Fogell’s experiences with the most irresponsible police officers ever, and Evan and Seth’s quest to find liquor and get laid. The movie starts off with incredible strength and humor. Of particular note, two incredibly creative scenes, one involving a Home Ec class and the other involving Seth’s juvenile propensity to draw dicks ALL THE TIME, are stand outs. The dick illustrations alone are worth the price of admission. The movie does become a little tedious in the second act when Fogell, as the 25 year old Hawaiian named McLovin, becomes more enmeshed with the police officers and their outlandish adventures. The third act brings things full circle with all the characters facing their desires and finding that maybe they hadn’t quite thought things through well enough. The true strength of the film comes from the relationship between Seth and Evan. Early in the film, it’s established that they will be going to different schools when they graduate, and that eventual division influences the entire film. What I thought was particularly excellent about this idea was that it was handled so realistically. Even though all these crazy things were happening, anyone who ventures off to college had great relationships like these guys had where people just suddenly drift apart because of circumstance. The frustrations these two experience with each other throughout their evening are mostly the result of not wanting to say goodbye, and the sweetest and best part of the film are when Seth and Evan, both wasted beyond reason express their undying love of each other. The performances were well done for the most part. Cera continues the awkward man-boy thing he started in Arrested Development, although Evan is less a push over. Cera is basically the straight man in the group, but his pointed delivery and common sense observations are very funny. Seth on the other hand, does a good job, but for most of the movies running time, he is incredibly obnoxious. At first, his personality brings the biggest laughs, but as the movie progresses, and we are asked to experience a little empathy for him, it becomes difficult because of the way he’s presented earlier. Both Bill Hader (I think from Saturday Night Live) and Seth Rogen are pretty awesome as the cops. Not much else to add other than don’t rush out of the theater once the credits roll or you will miss some bitchin’ dick illustrations! Oh, and I just have to add, I normally don’t get too excited about seeing movie stars because it seems like most Hollywood types are self absorbed dicklicks, but James Karen (greedy land developer from Polter-fucking-geist) was at the screening and I nearly jumped out of my seat when I saw him. I felt bad for him because he was a VIP guest, and they confiscated his cell phone. When the Screening Police guy finally returned it, he said, “Sorry didn’t know who you were.” To which Karen shook his fist jokingly. I wanted to push the Screening Police Guy down the stairs. burlivesleftnut

That’s why I love our readers. Who else would be offended by the mistreatment of James Karen? This next review isn’t really a review, per se, but it sums up the way the movie’s going to make you feel pretty succinctly:

Hey Harry, what's shakin' bacon? Last night I was penetrated by the amazingly hilarious film, Superbad. This was hands down the funinest film I have seen in the last five years. It might be in my top ten funniest films of all time. If this movie was a weiner, it would be a robotic weiner that sprouted out whenever you wanted to get with the ladies or fix you a sandwich. Thats how awesome this movie is. Jonah Hill might be one of the funniest people around right now. And Michael Cera is right up there with him. Cera plays a nervous/awkward character so well. And Chris Mintz did an excellent job as well. Basically those three guys are nerds who get invited to a big graduation party. And one of the kids gets a fake id and the girls want them to supply the alcohol for the entire party. Everyone will relate to this movie. I remember when I was in high school and how i tried all the ways to get alcohol at the gas stations and trying to transport the alcohol and not get caught. Its all in this movie. I cried, I laughed so hard. If you use this, I am Gumbercules-9000.

This next guy seems amazed that he liked it as much as he did. I anticipate this is the way a lot of people are going to feel after they see it:

Hey Moriarti, I was lucky enough to see Superbad last night at the Arclight in Los Angeles. Having recently seen Knocked Up, and being a big fan of all of Judd Apatow's producing and directorial efforts, I was very excited to see Superbad, not to mention it was a free screening. I've read some of the pre-reviews of this movie here on aintitcool and I kept thinking, "There's no way this movie is as good as they're saying it is." I was wrong. I've never written on this site before and this movie compelled me to do so for the first time. This is the first comedy in a long time in which there is virtually nothing I can say is really wrong with. The bottom line is this: no jokes fall flat. Everything works. First off, there's Michael Cera. This guy's whole performance is flawless for what it is aimed at doing. Being funny. His eternal look of extreme bewilderment never gets old to me. He has this way of delivering lines that is awkward, but believable. Just the first sight of him on screen made everyone at the theater laugh. That's not easy to do. Towards the end of the movie, his use of the word "samezies", and an allusion to something he learned in Health class got the biggest laughs in the movie. Then there's his friend in the movie, Jonah Hill. Even though this may be one of the most sex starved characters in movie history, his over-the-top ludeness never seems forced. He reminds me of a couple people I know and that's what movies like this are supposed to do: give you something to relate to. Even though he's not my favorite actor, he consistently doesn't suck in all the movies he's in, which is a compliment. Both he and Michael Cera are in love with two different girls, and for two seemingly different motives. All HIll talks about is eating the "Vag" or getting his love interest extremely hammered, while Cera prefers to show more respect than that. What this movie does right is that it doesn't cast two "hot" sluts as the girls. They have believable people in the roles, people you'd actually believe these guys would go through extreme measures for. But this movie does almost every other thing right. Cera and Hill's friend, "McLovin" is hilarious. I don't know who this guy is, but he was great, and I'm afraid he's going to start getting typecast like Jon Heder did. Not to compare him to Napoleon Dynamite, this guy's way funnier, and his delivery of a line as simple and stupid sounding as, "I've got a boner" gets one of the loudest laughs in the movie. This brings me to my only minor minor minor problem: McLovin's new friends, cops Bill Hader and Seth Rogen. 95 percent of the time, they are hilarious just like everything else in the movie, but there's one scene towards the end that kind of feels separate from the rest of the movie, it's a little goofy. But nevertheless, it still works and probably only feels out of place because it didn't leave the ENTIRE audience reeling. I don't want to delve into plot points or anything because that defeats the purpose of seeing the movie. I swear, I can't remember a time where I've laughed more consistently than this movie. Maybe Freddy Got Fingered...that one was great...oh wait, no it wasn't. Just kidding. I rank this up there with the best of all time. That's right. This is one of the funniest movies ever made. The reasons are stated above, but I think the most important one has yet to be confronted. Movies like this belong in the category of instant classics because they provide laughs that are real. Even though there are a lot of dick jokes (and I mean a lot, the whole ending credits is devoted to the penis) and the like, the laughs never feel cheap. This is a movie that is going to be seen and quoted by a ton of people, but it will always have that feeling like you're the one who's seen it and no one else has. It feels like it's your movie. In past reviews, like I said, this has been compared to Knocked Up in humor level. No way. This movie is probably 3 times funnier. The ending alone is probably one of the best I've seen in years. It is so simple and it achieves something that is very hard to pull off: it's both hilarious and poignant at the same time. Anyways, I'm not gonna get all deep here and I'm not going to say this movie made me "pop one" or "ejaculate" but I will say that it's one of the best comedies EVER and one of the best movies period of the last 5 years. See it the day it comes out. If you use me, call me "Luke Morrison 86"
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  • July 13, 2007, 2:39 p.m. CST

    This movie will deliver

    by ScamsAndFlams

    fuck the summer of third-quels

  • July 13, 2007, 2:42 p.m. CST

    I told her what time it was.

    by lost.rules

    Gigga gigga bow wow.

  • July 13, 2007, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Clark and Michael

    by blotter

    I can't wait for this, and clark duke is in it as well, brilliant!

  • July 13, 2007, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Hell yeah!

    by DonkeyTron

    If Judd Apatow is trying to be the new Harold Ramis. I'd say he's well on his way. Can't wait.

  • July 13, 2007, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Looks amazingly

    by richier123

    hilarious! I just hope these arn't plants. Can't wait to see it regaurdless.

  • July 13, 2007, 2:59 p.m. CST


    by ra2bk

    At least one of them actually says its 3 times funnier, and the others seem to indicate that as well.

  • July 13, 2007, 3:03 p.m. CST

    If it is half as good as Knocked Up...

    by Baltimoron

    Then it's beyond great. Can't wait to check it out!

  • July 13, 2007, 3:09 p.m. CST

    freddy got fingered

    by pikagreg

    was absolutely the worst movie I've ever seen. even worse than the toxic avenger. when I read that line from the reviewer, that this movie was as funny as that, I groaned, thinking this movie must really suck. Then I read the next line, and all was well

  • July 13, 2007, 3:11 p.m. CST

    James Karen = AWESOME in Return of the Living Dead

    by Lance Rock

    But what was he doing at a screening of Superbad?

  • July 13, 2007, 3:14 p.m. CST


    by ladevastation

    Damn I'm only number 13... I just want to say that I think this first battle on the message boards here is the lamest fucking thing I have ever seen... seriously if you have nothing better to do then sit around on the AICN message boards to try and get first, you should really get a life.

  • July 13, 2007, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Gizz jokes??

    by MrJJonz

    Yep, can't get enough of Gizz jokes. <P>Jiraffe jokes are also funny. I also like jokes about Gam Gars

  • July 13, 2007, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Knocked up wasn't the funniest movies ever made...

    by Dapper Swindler

    ...but it was the scariest. It gave me nightmares for weeks. I'm never going to have sex again - and this time, it's by my choice.

  • July 13, 2007, 4:20 p.m. CST

    AnimalStructure's post, broken down

    by BadMrWonka

    since I see so many of these exact same posts on AICN by people trying to be the new coolness...<p>"Are these the same people who thought [insert name of movie that everyone likes, proving you're special for hating it] was [insert enormous exaggeration of what people actually said about the film, using many superlatives]? If so, I think I'll[insert a "cooler than thou" phrase, showing your mild disdain, but tempered with indifference].<p>fucking doofus...

  • July 13, 2007, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Well AnimalStructure is an idiot. An idiot

    by Frijole

    disguised (only to himself) as an "iconoclast". An idiot who thinks that saying MIAMI VICE is better than anything Speilberg has ever directed MAKES him an iconoclast. But nope. It just makes him an idiot.

  • July 13, 2007, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Or perhaps some Gockstrap jokes

    by MrJJonz

    would also be fun

  • July 13, 2007, 4:52 p.m. CST

    BadMrWonka - that is AnimalStructures M.O.

    by Lando Griffin

    at least this time he didn't use his post on this particular subject to somehow relate it to how he thinks Spielberg is a "hack".

  • July 13, 2007, 4:56 p.m. CST

    A "hack" is someone who

    by Frijole

    regurgitates the same shit over and over, with minor differences, with no distinctive style, no distinctive substance and benefitting no one in the end. AnimalStructure... you sir, are a "hack".

  • July 13, 2007, 5:26 p.m. CST

    I liked it more than I like Knocked Up..

    by polyh3dron

    That's just me though.

  • July 13, 2007, 5:36 p.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    if you want some real fun, ask him how the conservative politicians were the real force behind the civil rights movement.<p>I'm not joking, ask him...

  • July 13, 2007, 6:02 p.m. CST

    This looks great

    by Merkin Muffley

    But I hate the McLovin gag. I don't know why, and I don't know why I felt the need to post about it on a message board. I just don't like it. Every generation needs its "Let's get laid before graduation" film.

  • July 13, 2007, 6:04 p.m. CST

    the hype is deserved

    by fuck off and die

    this movie is genius. it reminded me of WITHNAIL AND I. it's about 10 times funnier than KNOCKED UP, and had a similar vibe without that film's "heartwarming" elements. brutally hilarious.

  • July 13, 2007, 6:04 p.m. CST

    hey, Animal Structure

    by MC-909

    You may be right, but a hundred years from now Spielberg will be regarded as the Shakespeare of his time. And you? Well who the fuck is gonna remember you for anything other than trying to be a "hip outcast". Shut the fuck up, dick.

  • July 13, 2007, 6:09 p.m. CST

    a robotic weiner...

    by posbasso

    ...fix you a sandwich. Wow.

  • July 13, 2007, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Knocked Up

    by BurlIvesLeftNut

    I didn't even see Knocked Up. I wasn't a big fan of 40 Year Old Virgin, and Seth Rogen annoyed me in THAT, so I didn't want to see Knocked up.

  • July 13, 2007, 7:06 p.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    I told you guys it would be funny...

  • July 13, 2007, 9:23 p.m. CST


    by strangernparadis

    is are there lots of boobs? Teen movies these days are too light on the funbags. Hear that Hollywood? we demand more ta-tas

  • July 13, 2007, 9:43 p.m. CST

    animal structure

    by shartron

    You are one of them smart Republicans ain't you? Kinda like our wonderful "leader". He's a real winner. Find Osama yet? Weapons of Mass Destruction? I think not. Idiot.

  • July 13, 2007, 9:45 p.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    you gotta understand, this guy is either a complete nut, or he's just having fun with all of us.<p>he's said some stuff that is so ridiculously weird, and some of it so factually inaccurate, that I tend to think he's just having a laugh.<p>but if he is, he's a damn good writer, cos he totally sounds like a really earnest, albeit totally delusional, nutcase...<p>I guess time will tell...<p>(oh and you can count on him responding to this post with more hilarity)

  • July 13, 2007, 9:48 p.m. CST


    by ScamsAndFlams

    Absolutely nobody likes you.<br><br>That's all.

  • July 13, 2007, 9:48 p.m. CST

    And by the way...

    by shartron

    Spielberg should have yanked Transformers away from Bay and made at least a good popcorn movie. Also, I think a little film called Schindler's List came out within the past 20 years analmal structure. Better study up son.

  • July 13, 2007, 10:50 p.m. CST


    by fuck off and die

    no tits. but there is a near-underage girl crawling all over michael cera in bra & panties. and there's a picture of some tits on a prop porn cover. and some serious camera love for high school ass. shakespeare would have approved.

  • July 13, 2007, 10:51 p.m. CST

    sorry, spoiler

    by fuck off and die

    spoiler above

  • July 13, 2007, 11:58 p.m. CST


    by Olsen Twins_Fan

    This movie will make me gizz in my pants.

  • July 14, 2007, 12:28 a.m. CST

    you guys are fueling his fire!!

    by BadMrWonka

    you can't listen to a guy that is yelling nonsensical rants at the top of his lungs, and think that yelling sensical rants at the top of your lungs, is going to make any difference.... <p>he's a nutcase, full stop.<p>but god, I love him...nothing makes me laugh harder than a guy who claims that Steven Spielberg is racist and the civil rights movement was run by white conservatives...<p>I mean that not hilarious?

  • July 14, 2007, 12:45 a.m. CST


    by MC-909

    Shakespeare wrote stuff for the masses. NOWADAYS we analyze it, SK229, like so: <p> his absolutely PIERCING insight into human behavior and our selfish motivations, as well as our behavior in relation to everything around us... and 2) characters that are so detailed that they are more alive and exist more in the real world than most people I know. <p> Do you see what I'm saying?

  • July 14, 2007, 1:17 a.m. CST

    Animal Structure

    by MC-909

    Listen, when I was eighteen, I thought and said the same things about Spielberg as you do now. And this was right after Jurassic Park came out. But as time went on, I learned to appreciate things for what they're worth. <p> Now, you don't have to like it, but you at least have to admit it: Spielberg is damn good at what he does, and what he does is make movies for mass consumption. He's the fucking Bill Gates of Hollywood and YES, the Shakespeare of his time. <p> A lot of the time people forget that, in the end, Hollywood is just another business. No matter which way you cut it, 99% of movies are made to make money. And no one has a better track record of making money than Steven Spielberg. <p> Do you really think we still discuss Shakespeare because people back in the day loved his fucking insight into human behavior?

  • July 14, 2007, 3:20 a.m. CST

    Gotta admit, when Spielberg's on, he's on......

    by Doc_Strange

    But his resume over the last decade or so has produced what I think to be a lesser body of work than what we think he's capable of. Examples like Terminal, War of the Worlds, The Lost World, AI (I actually liked it, though), etc. sow how far his work has fallen from the likes of Indiana Jones. Now with the 4th installment, I think this is Spielberg's try at a kind of redemption. I honestly don't know if he can pull it off because I think his greatest work is behind him and I think now he has become somehwhat self-indulgent, which is something that happens to people when they're told they're great all the time. As a result, their work suffers and they become a shadow of what they were. Sure he'll be remembered as the best director of his time, maybe deservedly so, but I think in the end it's not so much about the director but the body of work they put out. In Spielberg's case I'd give him 50/50.

  • July 14, 2007, 3:28 a.m. CST

    I actually think more people will remember Lucas

    by Doc_Strange

    Due to the fact that he created probably the greatest myth of our time in Star Wars and amalgamated many themes that people can identify with such as good vs. evil, a rebellion against tyranny, coming of age, the hero, the rogue, the princess, the evil antagonist, myth, religion, fantasy, etc. <p> I don't think people will remember so much whether they were good or bad but will remember the themes that made them the movies they are, be it good or bad. As for me, I loved all the Star Wars films and continue to love them and imagine my own stories and adventures I'd like to see in that galaxy, far, far away. <p> Star Wars is guaranteed to be remembered for a very long time as well as its creator. I don't think Indiana Jones hits quite as close but will be remembered as being the greatest series of action films. But then again, it was created by Lucas and not Spielberg, technically.

  • July 14, 2007, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Quote of the Year

    by Dr Gregory House

    "This is a movie that embraces its stupidity like a juiced up boner and then delights in slapping your face with it."

  • July 14, 2007, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Yo AnimalStructure

    by Dr Gregory House

    I think you made a wrong turn somewhere. Rush Limburger's website is about 10 miles away, to the right, up on Queer Street.

  • July 14, 2007, 10:22 a.m. CST

    I see that Owen Wilson, Stiller, and JB are in

    by CreasyBear

    a movie coming up called Tropic Thunder, about war-movie actors who get confused for actual guerilla warriors. Think Three Amigos, but with automatic weapons. Sounds corny and stale. It makes me think, yes, the Knocked-Up / Superbad style will indeed bury the Frat Pack. Their time is over.

  • July 14, 2007, 11:58 a.m. CST

    This films humor is sub-Super Troopers...

    by TedSallis

    I'm serious. It wasn't as good as it thought it was. The only saving grace is Seth Rogan. Other than that, Jonah Hill is so annoying, I'd hoped a jock would punch him out in the course of the film.

  • July 14, 2007, 1:16 p.m. CST

    AnimalStructure = Nipples on Harry's ass

    by Bass Bastardson

    Seriously. Schindler's List is ANTI SEMETIC?!?! What fucking drugs are you on boy? Go watch Miami Vice again and leave the grown ups to talk in peace.

  • July 14, 2007, 5:44 p.m. CST

    lol, I'm telling you guys

    by BadMrWonka

    this guy is good for so many laughs...<p>the coathanger abortion line was particularly funny. nothing says, "take my arguments seriously" like wishing abortion retroactively on someone that disagrees with you. what a kook! lol...<p>I love his Schindler's List's like saying, "oh COME ON, tell me Titanic wasn't a movie about a big ship!! that's all it was!!!" well, yeah, but it's a little more important that the ship SANK, you know?<p>Schindler WAS a nazi, he WAS an opportunist, and he WAS a greedy businessman. the point of the movie, which seems to have eluded A.S., was in his redemption. from a historian who interviewed Schindler:<p> "Oskar Schindler's exceptional deeds stemmed from just that elementary sense of decency and humanity that our sophisticated age seldom sincerely believes in. A repentant opportunist saw the light and rebelled against the sadism and vile criminality all around him. The inference may be disappointingly simple, especially for all amateur psychoanalysts who would prefer the deeper and more mysterious motive..."<p>I just love this guy though, "race pimps"? lol...what the hell is he even talking about? rock on, AnimalStructure!

  • July 14, 2007, 5:45 p.m. CST

    AnimalStructure go easy on Phoenixmagi.

    by Yeti

    Anyone who dosen't understand the concept of irony has shit for brains. ;p

  • July 14, 2007, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Superbad is superAWESOME!!!!

    by supermansal

    I happen to have been a part of the Arclight screening for Saperbad. I never saw Knocked up and I really didnt know too much about this moving going into it. I saw a trailer a few weeks ago and it was good. By no means was I thinking, HOLY SHIT THIS IS AWESOME I HAVE TO SEE IT! But I happen to have an advanced screening ticket to the movie so I said, "FREE MOVIE! WOO HOO!" It was my first time going to see an advanced screening to any movie so I wasnt sure what to expect. I have to say that I wasnt expecting much from this movie. I'm not one to like tons of vulgar language for the sake of using vulgar language. that kind of thing just isnt funny to me. It may be just me but recent comedy films and films in general have been so damn BAD! That being said, I laughed my ass off from beginning to end! The characters are well written, the on screen improv is fantastic and you really follow these characters on a journey of self discovery. The best thing about this movie is that there is a deeper story going on with the characters and the relationships between one another. I wont go into detail since the reviews above are pretty detailed but take it from me... If you want to go see this movie DONT MISS IT! If you're on the fence about seeing this movie GO SEE IT! Trust me, you wont regret it! And please for GODSAKES dont bring any kids to see this movie!!! Have fun at the movies guys!

  • July 14, 2007, 6:49 p.m. CST

    I can't stop watching the trailer!!

    by Maxer

    All parts of it drip of funny. Clark and Michael will tide me over until this gem.