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|Directed by||Greg Mottola|
|Produced by||Judd Apatow|
|Written by||Evan Goldberg|
|Music by||Lyle Workman|
|Editing by||William Kerr|
The Apatow Company
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Release date(s)||August 17, 2007|
|Running time||114 minutes|
Superbad is a 2007 American comedy film directed by Greg Mottola and starring Jonah Hill and Michael Cera. The film was written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who began working on the script when they were both thirteen years old; they completed a draft by the time they were fifteen. The film's main characters have the same given names as Rogen and Goldberg. The film was one of a string of hits by Judd Apatow.
It is two weeks before the end of high school. Evan (Michael Cera) and Seth (Jonah Hill) are long-time friends in their senior year of high school, about to leave for different colleges. Their mutual friend, Fogell (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), has plans to acquire a fake ID, so Seth agrees to buy alcohol for a party for his crush, Jules (Emma Stone), is hosting. Evan also offers to buy Goldslick vodka for his long-time crush Becca (Martha MacIsaac).
While purchasing the alcohol Fogell is assaulted by a hooded robber, and the police soon arrive. The two officers, Michaels (Seth Rogen) and Slater (Bill Hader), appear to be fooled by the fake ID (which has the single name "McLovin" as his identity) and offer Fogell a lift to the party. On the way, however, they make numerous stops. The officers display many instances of inappropriate use of police powers, including stealing beers, drinking on the job, unnecessary use of police lights, and improper use of their firearms.
While the police officers are talking to Fogell at the liquor store, Evan and Seth make the assumption that Fogell has been arrested. Seth is suddenly hit by a car, but seems uninjured. To avoid being reported, the driver, Francis (Joe Lo Truglio), agrees to take them to a party, where they reason they can steal the alcohol they need. However, Francis is not welcome at the party and is subsequently assaulted by the host (Kevin Corrigan), and Seth and Evan are forced to leave, but not before smuggling out green beer in laundry detergent bottles. They happen upon Slater, Michaels, and Fogell in the police car. Officer Slater prepares to arrest the teens but Evan runs off and the two officers chase him while the reunited Seth and Fogell make off with the rest of the alcohol. The trio eventually make it to the party.
At the party, a drunken Becca offers to perform oral sex on Evan in a secluded upstairs room, but Evan declines with the excuse that she is too drunk, and a heavily intoxicated Becca ends up vomiting. A drunken Seth tries to kiss Jules, who explains that she does not drink and does not want to do anything while he is intoxicated. Seth attempts to express his feelings for Jules, but passes out from the alcohol and accidentally head-butts her, giving her a black eye. Fogell successfully seduces Nicola (Aviva Farber) and gets her into bed, only to have officers Slater and Michaels break up the party after only a few seconds of sex. Officers Slater and Michaels reveal to Fogell that they were aware of his fake ID all along, and decided to ignore it since they saw a bit of themselves in Fogell, who asks them a favor in return for their intrusion upon his love making. So, they pretend to haul him off to jail in front of the entire party to boost his popularity. In return, Fogell signs an affidavit to a concocted story to explain the condition of the wrecked police car which they proceed to have fun destroying. Meanwhile, Seth carries Evan away to safety from the police officers. At Evan's house Seth reveals his brotherly love for Evan, who then reveals the feelings are mutual.
The following morning, Evan and Seth run into Becca and Jules at the mall. After an awkward conversation about the mistakes of the previous night, Seth takes Jules to get cover up for her eye, while Evan and Becca go off to look for some comforters.
According to Box Office Mojo, the film opened at number one at the United States box office, grossing $33,052,411 in its opening weekend in 2,948 theaters with an average of $11,212 per theater. The film stayed at #1 the second week, grossing $18,044,369. The film has grossed an estimated $121,463,226 in the United States and Canada, and $48,408,493 in other territories, for a total of $169,871,719 worldwide. Compared to the relatively small budget of $20 million, the film earned a massive financial profit. The film is the highest domestic grossing high school comedy of all time.
As of January 24, 2010, the film-critics aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes listed 87 percent positive reviews based on 195 reviews (170 "fresh", 25 "rotten") with the consensus that it was "an authentic take on the awkwardness of the high school experience It also has an 87 percent "Cream Of The Crop" rating. On Metacritic, the film has a score of 76% based on 36 reviews.
Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle called it 2007's most successful comedy. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 3 1/2 stars (out of 4) and said "The movie reminded me a little of National Lampoon's Animal House, except that it's more mature, as all movies are." Carina Chocano of the Los Angeles Times said "Physically, Hill and Cera recall the classic comic duos — Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, Aykroyd and Belushi. But they are contemporary kids, sophisticated and sensitive to nuance"; she added, "I hope it's not damning the movie with the wrong kind of praise to say that for a film so deliriously smutty, Superbad is supercute". Sean Burns of Philadelphia Weekly said "2007: the year Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen saved movie comedy", a reference to Knocked Up which was released in June. Devin Gordon of Newsweek said "As a Revenge of the Nerds redux, Superbad isn't perfect. But it's super close."
Stephen Farber of The Hollywood Reporter, conversely, compared the film to the similar single-day structure of American Graffiti and Dazed and Confused, but that "it doesn't have the smarts or the depths of those ensemble comedies". The Hollywood Reporter review was referenced in the film's DVD audio commentary, particularly the review's suggestion that the two main characters have a homoerotic experience similar to the film Y Tu Mama Tambien. Adam Graham of The Detroit News said, "the cops belong in a bad Police Academy sequel, not this movie", and also that the film "falls short of teen-classic status." Roger Moore of the Orlando Sentinel called the film "super-derivative", "super-raunchy", and "Freaks and Geeks: Uncensored". Moore went on to say the film shamelessly plagiarizes from films such as Can't Hardly Wait and American Graffiti. He also said, "Like Knocked Up, this is a comedy they don't know how to end. The energy flags as it overstays its welcome." Wesley Morris of The Boston Globe said the film "has a degree more sophistication than Revenge of the Nerds and American Pie, and less than the underrated House Party". Morris also said, "the few smart observations could have come from an episode of one of Apatow's TV shows" and "I wanted to find this as funny as audiences did".
Two tie-in books to the film were published by Newmarket Press:
Superbad: The Illustrated Moviebook was published on December 4, 2007 to coincide with the release of the film on DVD. This official companion book includes: an introduction by producer Judd Apatow; the complete script by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg; commentaries by Apatow, Rogen and Goldberg, and journalists from Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and Entertainment Weekly; 56 film stills; "Mr. Vagtastic Guide to Buying Porn;" and 24 "phallographic" drawings by David Goldberg that viewers will recognize from the film's end credits.
Superbad: The Drawings was published on February 14, 2008. This gift hardcover art book contains 82 "phallographic" drawings created by David Goldberg (Evan Goldberg's brother) for the film.
- 2008 Canadian Comedy Awards - two nominations for Best Actor (Michael Cera) and Best Writing (Seth Rogen)
- Best Movie - 2008 MTV Movie Awards
- Breakthrough Performance - Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse - 2008 MTV Movie Awards
- Best Comedic Performance - Jonah Hill - 2008 MTV Movie Awards
- Best Comedy Movie - Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2007
- Best Young Actor - Michael Cera - Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2007
- Best Comedy - Empire Awards 2007
- Choice Summer Movie - Comedy/Musical - (Teen Choice Awards 2007)
- 2008 Canadian Comedy Award for Best Writing (Seth Rogen). Rogen could not attend the awards ceremony but recorded a special thank you message.
- Most Promising Performer - Michael Cera - Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2007
- Breakthrough Artist Award - Michael Cera - Austin Film Critics Association Awards 2007
- Exciting New Face - Emma Stone - Young Hollywood Awards 2008
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- ^ Box Office Mojo: Charts - High School Comedy
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- ^ Metacritic: Superbad Retrieved 2007-09-03
- ^ Roger Ebert (2007-08-16). ":: rogerebert.com :: Reviews :: Superbad". Chicago Sun-Times. http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070816/REVIEWS/70817001. Retrieved 2007-08-19.
- ^ Carina Chocano (2007-08-17). "'Superbad's' teen raunch isn't what's shocking; it's the love story". Los Angeles Times. http://www.calendarlive.com/movies/reviews/cl-et-superbad17aug17,0,711876.story?coll=cl-mreview. Retrieved 2007-08-19.
- ^ Sean Burns. "Geek Outlook". Philadelphia Weekly. http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/articles/15259. Retrieved 2007-08-19.
- ^ Devin Gordon (August 20-27, 2007 issue). "Revenge of the Nerds". Newsweek. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20217418/site/newsweek/. Retrieved 2007-08-21.
- ^ Stephen Farber (2007-08-07). "Superbad". The Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/film/reviews/article_display.jsp?&rid=9592. Retrieved 2007-08-21.
- ^ The DVD audio commentary on the Superbad: Unrated Extended Edition DVD.
- ^ Adam Graham (2007-08-16). "Laughable roles". The Detroit News. http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070816/ENT02/708160419/1034. Retrieved 2007-08-21.
- ^ Wesley Morris (2007-08-17). ""It's a nerd, he's in pain -- it's Superbad"". Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/movies/display?display=movie&id=9508. Retrieved 2007-08-21.
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