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"