Aug. 16, 2007, 2:20 p.m. CST
by Robur Limax
It seems like every comedy that comes out has "From the makers of 40 Year Old Virgin" before it's title. Waddup wit dat?
Aug. 16, 2007, 2:30 p.m. CST
...have to wait til sep 3rd though, gutted!
Aug. 16, 2007, 2:33 p.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
Any Parliament track would make the soundtrack better. Can't wait to see this fucking movie this weekend.
Aug. 16, 2007, 2:50 p.m. CST
It's easily the funniest movie of the year. Hands down. I defy anyone to name a funnier one.
Aug. 16, 2007, 2:52 p.m. CST
has to be one of the funniest things I've seen. I actually have two friends who go around and draw "dickchickens" everywhere. Since they were kids and they are now grown men so that scene had me tears. <BR> <BR> For me this could be the movie event of the summer only because those guys in that movie are a lot like me and my very close friends. Jonah's part really nails one of my friends to the point where it's scary. Where even the guy he seems to be emulating can't deny it. I really can't wait. I may need to be bring another set of underwear though because I just may end of pissing myself from laughing so hard from the sounds of it.
Aug. 16, 2007, 2:57 p.m. CST
Not necessarily the whole "one crazy night" story, but just the social status of everybody in the film and the dialogue. There's no retarded "these are the cliques at the lunch tables" scenes...this is a movie where the main characters are just semi-uncool guys who hang in the background and aren't labeled as nerds, jocks, or band geeks -- instead they're just part of the majority of real high school kids who live in a gray area and don't draw too much attention to themselves. The popular girl isn't some prom queen bitch but instead a nice girl who doesn't like to drink and is way more mature than the guys. (The Entertainment Weekly review called the female characters unrealistic, which is the most depressingly unqualified assumption I ever remember reading.) And Vern, you got it absolutely right when you pointed out the truth in the scene where Evan suddenly gets cold feet about his crush throwing herself at him...teenage anxiety at it's most truthful. Oh yeah, and the movie's fucking hilarious.
Aug. 16, 2007, 3 p.m. CST
And that's good in my book. But I would have watched it anyway, even if I really start to hate this Rogen dude, because everybody treats him like he is Jesus himself, who re-invented the comedy genre :P
Aug. 16, 2007, 3:03 p.m. CST
Superbad is really two movies and this review seems to becompletely ignoring one of them. Sure the Cera and Hill stuff is funny but the other story, with their friend "McLovin" and the two cops is the funny as hell. Better even. Can't believe it's not even mentioned. Strange.
Aug. 16, 2007, 3:04 p.m. CST
by Rickey Henderson
Aug. 16, 2007, 3:04 p.m. CST
Totally Mclovin looks like my hero. this movie is gonna be badass
Aug. 16, 2007, 3:17 p.m. CST
Can we stop with the SuperBad reviews now? It's good. We get it.
Aug. 16, 2007, 3:18 p.m. CST
That's not what I meant NiceMarmot. I love Parliament. But "Give Up the Funk" and "Flashlight" are the go to cliches for if you need a funk song in a movie. Same thing with Superfly. I couldn't say a bad thing about that album, I consider it the best song soundtrack of all time. I'm just sick of other movies using "Pusherman" and shit on their soundtracks, like that's all they know. These are all great songs but they're too obvious. So I commend this movie for digging slightly deeper.<p>
Aug. 16, 2007, 3:20 p.m. CST
I agree, McLovin and the cops are great. I just had to keep it short as a tribute to short attention spans, so I tried to focus on Seth and Evan which I think are more what the movie is about.
Aug. 16, 2007, 3:33 p.m. CST
I agree they are the central focus of the film and their story takes classic teen movie tropes and puts a winning spin on them by having protagonists who are nice, credible and not the usual pseudo-date rapists we're usually supposed to be rooting for. But, fella, not even a mention? Like reviewing Star Wars and not mentioning the droids, Lord Of The Rings without Aragorn, etc. Seth and Evan show what teen movies should be like in these elightened times. McLovin shows what they should be like all the time.
Aug. 16, 2007, 3:42 p.m. CST
saw it last night (for free!) it was totally funny and also very sweet (as all Apatow touched material tend to be). it was annoying though when everyone laughed at EVERY LITTLE THING! fucking annoying..every little thing is not laugh out loud funny. fucking easily entertained masses (coughdanecookcough). But then "Friends" lasted for 18 million seasons and that show was not funny at all (despite what the laugh track tells you) so what the fuck do i know. SUPERBAD is a great comedy.
Aug. 16, 2007, 3:46 p.m. CST
I, for one, like the novel length reviews.
Aug. 16, 2007, 3:49 p.m. CST
I stopped reading it.
Aug. 16, 2007, 4:02 p.m. CST
by Spandau Belly
Best fucking concert of my life!
Aug. 16, 2007, 4:02 p.m. CST
out of the old codgerish "in my day" lecture about PORN. Awesome. Can't wait for this movie.
Aug. 16, 2007, 4:06 p.m. CST
by Kentucky Colonel
Now that's how you write up a movie! The soundtrack, to use language the kids can understand these days, is totally pimp. The awkwardness, the foul language, the bad clothes...just like when I was a kid, only without the internet porn. <p> Damned Vern, you nailed that. These kids wouldn't have the patience to string a 16mm today. "My Quicktime is soooo slow. Fuck off, junior. You don't have a clue what it was like "back in the day". <p> I'll be there tomorrow night after Yoga w/Criss. AMC Hoffman 22. Perhaps I'll wear the skeleton shirt??? I missed too much last time...too busy laughing. Maybe then I can enjoy the subtle nuance of the performances. <p> And the Cola are $4.50 with unlimited refills...day of show only!
Aug. 16, 2007, 4:07 p.m. CST
by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet
you are damn funny. great review. can't wait to see it.
Aug. 16, 2007, 4:11 p.m. CST
by Kentucky Colonel
lets call the whole thing off!
Aug. 16, 2007, 4:55 p.m. CST
Aug. 16, 2007, 4:56 p.m. CST
by James Westfall
Vern's words are as true today as they were in his time. As someone who can remember porn even before it was Annette Haven and Jamie Gillis, he's dead-on. Don't ever let porn lose its magic. Twenty years ago it was Christy Canyon. Today it's Katie Morgan. May the glory live on.
Aug. 16, 2007, 4:57 p.m. CST
trying to watch scrambeled Skinamax films. That was a pain<P>as for porn stars throwing themselves at you, I agree most dn't want that in acutallity, but I might be tempted in Eric Campbell threw herself at me...rorrwwwww
Aug. 16, 2007, 5:05 p.m. CST
I just bought Pass The Peas yesterday. Meant to get it ages ago after reading about it in Vern's tribute to JB. Thanks Vern. Now I'm addicted. I already have Superfly and it seems I have to get some Parliament now. So gang, any more advice for a novice funkateer?
Aug. 16, 2007, 5:32 p.m. CST
i don't mean to hate on the rest of the crew, but i've come to only read and appreciate your reviews lately. The only other stuff i read is news. Well done, again.
Aug. 16, 2007, 6:34 p.m. CST
You might want to try some Meters, New Orleans style funk. And as long as we're talking soundtracks I recommend Black Caesar (James Brown and Fred Wesley) Coffy (Roy Ayers) and Trouble Man (Marvin Gaye).
Aug. 16, 2007, 6:54 p.m. CST
IN MY PANTS!
Aug. 16, 2007, 7:44 p.m. CST
by Alonzo Mosely
Yeah baby, Vern is back... After some solid, but lackluster, reviews, this is old school gold Vern... And don't listen to the 'too long' morons... Some of us are at work trying to stick it to the man by not doing any actual work, so the longer your review, the more we are sticking it to the man... And yes I am fully aware how rediculous it is for a guy in his 30s to pretend reading a review on the internet is sticking it to the man, when multiple promotions have made me an official part of the man-corporation. What were we talking about again? Die Hard 4? 90s action movie throwback, better than most other big budget action movies released in recent years, but in no way deserving of the Die Hard name or the McClane character... Oh wait we weren't talking about that, oh Superbad, cool, seeing as my crappy town now has a corporate knockoff of the Alamo drafthouse, I can watch this while being served beer and nachos... Sounds like a plan...
Aug. 16, 2007, 7:50 p.m. CST
Dazed and Confused and this fit well with "The Stoned Age", a little seen flick in the same vein. Love that film.
Aug. 16, 2007, 8:20 p.m. CST
Not bad meaning bad but bad meaning good. Why is the scene in trailer, where the robber just jump-punches the clerk in the face so f'ing funny? Comedy gold I tells ya.
Aug. 16, 2007, 8:35 p.m. CST
Thanks boys. Most grateful.
Aug. 16, 2007, 9:33 p.m. CST
I've yet to see Knocked Up, but I enjoyed the 40-Year-Old Virgin quite a bit. I don't normally do this, but I have high hopes for this one.
Aug. 16, 2007, 11:50 p.m. CST
Gotta agree. The access and the easy availability has made it dull. Things are always more fun when forbidden and i miss the days of trying to see a nipple through the squiggles(damn that blue screen you get today!)<br><br>This movie does look promising. My only doubt is Mike C. Seems like a cool cat, but does he have any range in comedy? Seems he sticks with the same routine in each role(AD, the web show, this) I hate hyper comics(R Williams, J Carey, ect) but a little mix up in the energy/delivery would be good i think.
Aug. 17, 2007, 12:35 a.m. CST
..at least is Vern´s! May the gods bless you, prision spawn.
Aug. 17, 2007, 12:47 a.m. CST
thanks for your take on this. I'm gonna see it no matter what, but it's always good to hear your seattle perspective!<p>the best old soul precurser to funk is "Soul Finger" by the Bar-Kays...I mean, look at the title...they were already getting funky...also a lot of Booker T. and the MG's rhythms were a direct influence on funk, I think. I just can't handle the audaciousness of funk music, I like the subtleties of the older stuff.<p>and I know you're an old man, brother, but it's a web "site", not a "sight"...just, you know...that's how the kids write it nowadays...
Aug. 17, 2007, 2:34 a.m. CST
Vern and Yobo covered the basics well, although they deserve a mild bitchslap for overlooking the Godfather of Afrofunk, Fela Kuti (start by picking up the '69 LA Sessions.) If you want a great 'sampler' compilation of rarer, awesome funk though, try to find the Pulp Fusion series of discs. Grabbing one at random (Volume 3, Revenge of the Ghetto Grooves) you've got some obscure Ike & Tina, the Blackbyrds (jazz master Donald Byrd's funk-fusion band), the Propositions' transcendent song 'Africana', the Lafayette Afro-Rock Band's brilliant slow-burning 'Darkest Light', and the theme from Black Belt Jones. The other CDs in the series are equally as good -- if you know your hip-hop, every disc contains a bunch of samples you'll instantly recognize.
Aug. 17, 2007, 2:51 a.m. CST
"Soul Finger" is actually on SUPERBAD. I don't remember where they used it but I picked up the CD today and it's on there. I like Booker T too, that band is tight. They did a movie soundtrack or two also.
Aug. 17, 2007, 4:53 a.m. CST
If I want intelligently written, insightful reviews I'll go, um, somewhere. From your reviews I want hilarity (the whole Morpheus bit in the Invasion review nearly made me fall out of my chair!), so shape up!<p>Just kidding. It's good to see you reviewing more and more stuff, besides just the DTV and Segal stuff. Yours and Mori's are the reviews I find most useful and entertaining to read on this site.
Aug. 17, 2007, 4:58 a.m. CST
Lives up to the hype. THAT 70'S SHOW as directed by Kevin Smith. It meets the #1 requirement of any good comedy... it's chock full of laughs. You'll recognize blue version scenes from any number of previous movies, but it still works because the characters are so well drawn and elicit such pathetic sympathy. On the surface, it's just another teen flick that could be subtitled: THE SEARCH FOR BOOZE, but at its heart it's about 3 identifiable geeks, presumably from high school hell, trying to salvage at least one cool night to remember their adolescense by. What makes it special is the craftsmanship on display that so unobtrusively gives it heart and empathy. As much as this is mostly guy stuff, it seems the women in the audience laughed the loudest at the raunchy nerdliness of it all. Maybe recognizing a date or two with one of these pathetic, but still likable losers. Or responding to the raw reflection of themselves through the other side's lusting, but prayerful eyes. Since everyone loves this movie so much, it may be worth pointing out a few quibbles that made this not quite up to VIRGIN and KNOCKED UP. One would be Michael Cera as Evan. He's just too wooden in this role and comes across at times like a painfully sensitive kid who's gay and just hasn't figured it out yet. Maybe that ambiguity was unintentional, but it seemed like too serious a life and relationship issue to even hint at in the context of dick and puke jokes. Evan stood out also as the one male character that not only wasn't over-the-top hilarious, but downplayed to an awkward normality that didn't quite fit. One couldn't help thinking.... if only they had discovered this generation's Topher Grace for this role, it would have been so perfect. Too late to recast? Another problem is a little too much in EVERY respect of the not-so-likable, not-so-believable cop buddies, still trying to hold on to THEIR adolescence. Yeah, funny enough, but eventually overbaked humor that began to not work structurally and thematically. Any sense of careful craftsmanship goes out the window in their scenes. Lastly, less of them, and maybe more time with the girls. There was a hint of what could have been there, that they maybe had their own awkwardly raunchy pratfalls to mirror the guys'. But they never got much farther than cut-out characters despite being the objets de desire of the boys. None of these serious flaws, but a few style point deductions in between the guffaws. Entertaining as hell, if not quite a classic.
Aug. 17, 2007, 9:23 a.m. CST
Honestly, he's a funny guy (well, his stand up is, his movies suck). You can't tell me the Monopoly lines or the Kool-Aid lines aren't funny. But to stay on topic, I am seeing this movie AS SOON AS I GET OFF WORK. I have been waiting way too long for this day!
Aug. 17, 2007, 10:02 a.m. CST
by Spandau Belly
Hot damn, I knew Vern was older but that description of setting up a projector was totally pre-VHS.<br><br>Does anybody know which actor portrayed Vern in 'The Notorious Betty Page'? I'm guessing it was that bloke in the restaurant!
Aug. 17, 2007, 10:11 a.m. CST
Yep, sure was. <br> <br> Eat a dick. <br> <br> I did find your thoughts about porn in this review amusing. <br> <br> Eat it.
Aug. 17, 2007, 11:52 a.m. CST
I didn't notice when it happened but now he seriously has it in for me. He seems to have some sort of grievance having to do with a part 4 of some kind. Might be my imagination.
Aug. 17, 2007, 11:53 a.m. CST
And I don't like being warned of spoilers ;P
Aug. 17, 2007, 1:06 p.m. CST
a movie which i liked and which had two sequels and they stank as did the spin off. Two high school kids who try to change their luck with the ladies on their last day of high school, oh and remember the bright future of that particular cast. what movie am i talking about. Here is a clue Elvis was the citizen of this country and Krusty the clown throws these at sideshow Mal. Answer: American Pie! or american pies. Chris and paul weitz have made very interesting films since American pie but where are the cast now....Now there is a question.
Aug. 17, 2007, 1:46 p.m. CST
You seriously are one of the best writers on this site, your sense of humor really cracks me up! <br> <br> I was just so disappointed in Die Hard 4 and I'm transferring that anger into a personal attack on you. For that, I apologize; it's not you, it's me. <br> <br> Now go fuck yourself. <br> <br> KIDDING!
Aug. 17, 2007, 2:59 p.m. CST
rocks like nothing else. seriously, just go see it.
Aug. 17, 2007, 3:46 p.m. CST
jesus christ, as if I didn't already have enough reason to see this movie...holy hell!<p>Thanks, Vern.
Aug. 17, 2007, 11:22 p.m. CST
Vern-o, thought I should post another talk back in hopes of mending our relationship after the falling out we've recently had. <br> <br> Tonight, as I was having beers with my bro's here in Chicago during our fantasy football draft (I selected Shaun Alexander instead of Larry Johnson; still not sure if that was the best choice) I realized the importance of friendship. <br> <br> So again, I apologize Vern-O. I hope that my actions do not negatively impact our relationship. <br> <br> In closing, boobs are great, Die Hard 4 sucked cock and balls, Transformers sucked but was better than that piece of shit fake Die Hard 4 made for TV movie, and...uh...I'm awesome. <br> <br> ( . Y . )
Aug. 19, 2007, 8:31 p.m. CST
by fight this generation
It's not mine, but all you cats talking about funk/soul should head on over to that way about, oh, once a week or so and dl whatever Oliver has posted. Veritable cornucopia of rare funk/soul/r&b/latin-funk/hip-hop and some damn fine writing about the tracks to boot...
Jan. 15, 2008, 11:30 a.m. CST
by just pillow talk
Fucking hysterical movie. Ghostbuster box full of dick treasure (or something like that).
Aug. 12, 2008, 1 a.m. CST
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Aug. 12, 2008, 1:01 a.m. CST
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Aug. 12, 2008, 1:02 a.m. CST
It worked. <p> Holy fuck. <p> It fuckin WORKED.