On one of their last nights as high school students, Evan (Michael Cera) and Seth (Jonah Hill), two misfit friends, run into various difficulties buying drinks for a party where the girls of their dreams have been invited. In their adventures, the indescribable McLovin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), another misfit who has a fake ID card to serve as a safe-conduct in alcohol purchase, accompany them.
The story, although not very original, is hilarious. Two unattractive little guys (one fat and the other skinny, in the sense that they are complementary) suffer a lot because they are forced to go to different universities when they graduate from high school. One (Michael Cera) is sweet, smart, and fearful, while the other (Jonah Hill) is a bigmouth obsessed, of course, with sex. The film follows these two ridiculously inseparable friends’ adventures with the hilarious Mclovin, who has a fake ID card to get the booze, throughout an unfortunate journey, which begins with the usual dating attempts, ends on a crazy night in which even the cops have to intervene.
The movie tells the story of two quite sex-obsessed friends who are about to graduate from high school and part ways when they start college. You may think it is another American Pie, but no, this film presents subtle differences. The first is that Seth and Evan are two ordinary guys. They are not attractive; they are not square; they are typical misfits of any high school. The second is that the Superbad humor is somewhere that we can relate to. The main guys do the same things that we had all done when we were that age.
As we said before, the story is very simple and well-known; it takes place during the day in which the typical American graduation party will be held. The most important thing is to get some alcohol and buzz. Being a simple story and without a fixed direction, what weighs the most is the script. It is a very fresh script with a lot of slang, full of swear words and sexual nonsense…
Characters and acting
The best things about this movie are the three hilarious characters and their perfect delivery. Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse carry the film to a higher level by giving us contagious laughter despite the slow pace of a poor script and even poorer directing. They understand the script perfectly. They know how to capture all the ideas of the scriptwriters, and they connect wonderfully with the audience. They are very funny without being theatrical or exaggerated.
Each of the characters that make up Superbad is a mere archetype of losers. We highlight, of course, McLovin as the superhero of the film. McLovin is the indescribable and hilarious character of Superbad (despite appearing in the background). Remember McLovin because he will mark a before and after in this type of comedy. The funniest and most hooligan sequences take place on him.
We also see a bit of young Emma Stone as the party’s hot girl, while Bill Hader and one of the scriptwriters Seth Rogen appear as two mega-eccentric, irreverent, and surreal cops.
Music and cinematography
We see Superbad as a comedy that redefined the coming-of-age films. Greg Mottola’s comedy needs the spectator’s goodwill, who are not very old and enjoys the easy, surficial, and non-complex humor because the movie’s script is a gapped structure with funny sparkles.
There is nothing to say anything particular about the cinematography of the movie. The director Greg Mottola did a decent job with the classic characteristics of American comedy: music in the climax, clean shots with main guys always in the center.
The soundtrack mostly consists of Lyle Workman’s songs reflecting American teenagers’ characteristics with catchy, groovy tunes. The movie also has similar-sounding, finger-snapping tracks from the mid-to-late 70s by artists such as The Bar-Kays, Jean Knight, Curtis Mayfield, and the incomparable Rick James.
Superbad can be a real mess if you see it in your colleagues’ company, but something still resonates with you. It does not have a conventional or reasonable structure, and the rhythm is very irregular. Still, the actors squeeze the script to the fullest to get a movie whose only claim is to amuse, entertain and provoke laughter. If you want to relax and laugh with an easy-watching movie Superbad is the choice!