>> Saturday, August 18, 2007
It’s been a great summer for comedies. Both Hot Fuzz and Knocked Up were smart, well-made, laugh-out-loud flicks, but neither can claim the crown as the funniest film of summer 2007. That title goes to Superbad, a celebration of horny adolescence.
The script by Knocked Up’s Seth Rogen and his buddy Evan Goldberg is the story of a couple of unpopular high-schoolers (coincidentally named Seth and Evan) and their quest to obtain alcohol to impress the ladies at an end-of-the-year blowout. The screenplay is truthful about the fears and urges of high school boys, and the cast is note perfect. Jonah Hill manages to bring a certain sweetness to the heavy, foul-mouthed Seth; and nobody is better at awkward discomfort than Michael Cera (as Arrested Development fans can attest).
In short, I don’t think I laughed this hard since Bad Santa (2003). Superbad earns Booze Movie’s highest recommendation!
Parents be warned--Superbad is R-rated for a reason. This film is vulgar in the extreme. Shortly after Mrs. Boozemovies and I found our seats, some guy walked into the theater with five kids ranging in age from eight to thirteen. Turning to my wife, I said, “I sure hope those kids like dick jokes.”
Superbad: The Drawings (Hardcover)