Superbad Review - Comedy hardly gets better than this

I worship Judd Apatow! I would have his babies! He has done, and will do, no wrong in my eyes. Everything he has been involved in so far has been magic to me.  40yr old virgin with Steve Carell was refreshing, Knocked up with Katherine Heigl was invigorating and now he unleashes Superbad to the moviegoing audience! And what a joy it was to watch. It’s hard to even begin to describe the none-too-many laugh-out-loud moments from beginning to end.

Seth & Evan find themselves grounded for their troubles

As with other Apatow productions, vulgarity is the main theme and Superbad is certainly not an exception. Carelessly spattered were the ultra-popular F, C & S expletives (I leave you to decide what those are) – definitely not for the faint of eardrums. Stay away also if you’re not accustomed to eerily awkward situations like at the sight of menstruation blood on your pant leg after being dry-humped by a decidedly drunk and promiscuous young lass. Once you’ve managed to overcome these niggling details, then proceed but with utter caution as it manages to throw rotten situations at you from every possible direction. Its humor is crass and at times classless, but some moments are worth a few chuckles at least.

Too cool for words, so they say

Superbad follows the trials and tribulations of the underaged as they struggle to acquire the ever elusive alcohol while adults, friends and society in general apply pressure on them to do what is deemed as the right thing. Receiving a random invitation to a house party, these three mildly unattractive teenage friends on the brink of collegehood through some underhanded means, including the procurement of a fake ID, promised the availability of a large sum of alcohol.

Evan, Seth and Fogel make up the main characters and through their eyes, we experience what life would be like as the socially unacceptable ones. To be the butt of everyone’s joke. To be bullied upon and be deemed uncool. We learn what commitments were required so that others would see us in a different light. We know that others should not pass judgment so quickly like they normally do. Hence, we reason that should alcohol become a necessity in order to be part of the IN group, then alcohol it shall be. And neither the police nor menstruation stains can stop us.

A very affected Fogel, interrogated by the cops

Speaking of those boys in blue, the duo in the movie, Seth Rogen being one of them, contribute quite a bit of comedic content. Always the fools, we are led to believe that they were the most easygoing police officers you would ever have the chance of meeting. They take Fogel, the uber-geek of the trio on this neverending rollercoaster ride, ultimately leading to his unintentional near-deflowering. The two of them prove themselves the comic geniuses that they are, and paired together, were infallible in moments of screentime where they dealt out a barrage of cleverly scripted, and oftimes suspectedly ad libbed dialog.

The ultimate star of the show is decidedly Seth, the rotund but foulmouthed miniature Richard Simmons lookalike, played by Jonah Hill. He has starred in a few other unmentionable movies, but this is his star vehicle. Proving himself to be a natural comedian with very tightly wound comedic timing, his screen personality – which is often annoying and overly garrulous – provides the perfect balance to the somewhat sedate Evan, our other protagonist. He hates Evan’s girlfriend and for good reason too, which receives an awkwardly hilarious explanation in the earlier part of the movie. He also expresses bitterness over Evan’s scholastic success. Thus, this woefully comical young lad excelled at what he knew best – being the joker of the group. And he does it with ease too. However, towards the end, with the revelation of Evan’s uncomfortable true feelings about their friendship, we get to see a surprisingly tender side, which throws the movie off of its tangent slightly.

The warm fuzzy moments don’t last too long as hilarity would follow suit in less than a bat of the eye. Seth gets run over one too many times and consistently survive with nary a scratch. His explanation of an early obsession with the penis evoked peals of laughter as one struggles to comprehend a young, sordid mind.  But such is the fate of the Out crowd. Granted, they are usually more interesting than the stereotypically good looking bunch we  see on television and the movies, but I am glad that they were represented as the naughty bunch that they can be.

A plan in session

Running at roughly 120minutes, it certainly did feel lengthy at times, but that is not necessarily negative. We are ushered very quickly through all that happens over a very brief period of approximately 24hrs. The one remarkable thing with Judd Apatow and his productions is how the dialog is coherently rapid-fire, hence keeping the audience entranced, hesitant of laughing at times for missing out on a certain comical element. One can’t help but wonder how these brilliant minds arrive at the ludicrous instances these movies subject their characters to. However, if the trailer is anything to go by, Superbad can only be ten times better.

But as aforementioned, expect to laugh uproariously more than once and do not be surprised when you leave the theater with an emptied bladder and aching abs.

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