Superbad (directed by Judd Apatow) is a hilarious film with a pretty uncomplicated plot.
Seniors Evan (Michael Cera) and Seth (Jonah Hill) are long time friends nearing the end of their high school years. They are set to attend different colleges. Seth’s crush (Emma Stone) asks him to buy alcohol for a party she’s hosting and he agrees because his “friend” Fogell (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) is getting a fake ID.
Superbad is definitely not family friendly. Like other Apatow movies I felt a bit awkward watching it with my parents but it’s to funny to pass up on that account. There’s cussing, sexual references and risqué scenes. And like most of his films it’s absolutely hilarious.
It’s does not have a complicated plot. I find that refreshing. Sometimes I just want to watch a funny movie that doesn’t require a lot of thinking. It’s simply two teenage boys trying to buy alcohol and the misadventures they run into along the way. The very ending of the movie is also relatively simple.
Cera plays a sensitive character once again. He always seems to get typecast with films like Juno and Superbad. Not that it’s necessarily a bad thing. He plays the roles well and he’s a fantastic, natural actor. I’d love to see him a role where he’s a complete jerk, though. That’d be a nice change of pace.
I think Mintz-Plasse is the breakout star of the film. He’s hilarious as the socially awkward Fogell. The Mclovin scene is still quoted by people and it’s been three years since the movie was released. The fact that he survives his escapade with the crazy police officers makes his character even more funny and slightly cool in my opinion.
Like other Apatow movies there are tiny heartwarming moments sprinkled throughout. I find it cute when Seth tells Evan about the brotherly love he feels for him and that he’s sad they won’t be attending the same college.
Other notable actors are Jonah Hill, of course. He plays a sex obsessed teenage boy well but I like that they added depth to the character by giving him a slightly soft heart. Seth Rogen and Bill Hader are funny as the police officers. It wouldn’t have been the same movie without their dangerous and crazy antics. Which are only made funnier by the fact that they’re supposed to be enforcing the very laws they’re probably breaking.