Dave White
Superbad Review

Dave's Rating:


Hell, it's as good as American Grafitti.

Who's in It: Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bill Hader, Seth Rogen, Martha MacIsaac, Emma Stone, Kevin Corrigan

The Basics: Three high school seniors want to lose their virginity. To accomplish this, they agree to buy alcohol for a party thrown by the popular girls. They get mixed up with two irresponsible cops and some scary older party attendees. But mostly they hang out and say really filthy stuff to each other. In fact, if you can't deal with really dirty language and insanely filthy slapstick-ish comedy and lots of drawings of the male sexual organ, then you shouldn't see this movie. But you'll be sorry.

What's the Deal? Here's how amazing it is: It manages to have all the typical teen-movie stuff in it, be defiantly adult in a hard R-rated way that will freak out uptight parents, be weirdly smart about the sexual confusion and anxiety over intimacy that afflicts not only teenage boys but adult men and manage to cross age boundaries in its appeal. It's so good — a seriously intelligent movie about the pleasures of being young, horny and conflicted — that for the hundred minutes you're in it, no matter whether you're an actual teenager or not, you'll feel like it's about you in some way.

As Good As: Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Sixteen Candles, Clueless and any other teen comedy you love. Hell, it's as good as American Grafitti. It's never really appropriate to label something an instant classic, but this has all the markings of being that kind of popular — from now until two decades from now, when it's airing every day on TNT, edited and dialogue-looped with ridiculous euphemisms.

Eat It, Napoleon Dynamite: Newcomer Christopher Mintz-Plasse, who I hear they just plucked out of some Southern California high school or off of MySpace or something, plays the guy who calls himself "McLovin" and he just became the nerd Spicoli of his generation, stealing every scene he's in. At the showing I attended, people were practically getting into knockdown fights over free McLovin T-shirts. This character is going to follow him around for the rest of his life. Hope it doesn't drive him to alcoholism.

Where It Comes From: Seth Rogen, star of Knocked Up, who plays the partying mustache cop here, wrote it with his longtime friend Evan Goldberg, which is why the main characters are named Seth and Evan.


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