Superbad (15)

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Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>4</span>/5

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<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>4</span>/5
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Time Out says

Mon Sep 10 2007

After sex (‘The 40 Year Old Virgin’) and pregnancy (‘Knocked Up’), the new crowned kings of comedy – the broad, improvisatory ensemble of comics and filmmakers headed by Judd Apatow – turn to adolescence. ‘Superbad’ stars Michael Cera and Jonah Hill (the tubby one from ‘Knocked Up’) as two high school seniors preoccupied with alcohol, virginity, parties and the transition to college. Hardly an unprecedented set-up – ‘Dazed and Confused’ and ‘American Pie’ come most quickly to mind – but, like its stablemates, the picture is delivered with unusually high levels of both belly laughs and emotional affect. Gross-out is exploited – and how – but shaded with, and put to the service of, self-awareness, fellow-feeling and regret.

The film is produced by Apatow, co-written by ‘Knocked Up’ lead Seth Rogen and directed by Greg Mottola, whose TV work has included ‘Undeclared’ with Apatow and ‘Arrested Development’ with Cera. Working their pre-existing personae, Hill and Cera make a charmingly geeky odd couple, though third stooge Christopher Mintz-Plasse threatens to steal the movie as the über-nerd who falls in with a pair of puerile cops (including Rogen in a handlebar moustache) by dint of a preposterous fake ID identifying him simply as ‘McLovin’.

If these scenes set themselves a lower bar than the unassumingly deft character work of the main story, with its lively attention to adolescent anxieties, ‘Superbad’ at its best goes right through knockabout to land in deliciously obscene places – notably a staggering succession of doodles in which tumescent cocks take on various extraordinary guises. Crafted with such deliriously pain-staking care as to defy offence, they stand for a film, a group of films, defining the difference between vulgarity and crassness.

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15

UK release:

Fri Aug 17, 2007

Duration:

113 mins

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  • 4 star:2
  • 3 star:2
  • 2 star:1
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Tina

i thought it was really funny. But the big afro dude main character thing really started to annoy me. Couldnt they have picked better looking teens. i mean God!

Technoguy

A good amusing rollocking big dipper of the teen gross-out movie the Americans do so well.

Rikki

Excellent film, top rating, Film is soo funny and relates just like real teenagers.

Rikki

Excellent film, top rating, Film is soo funny and relates just like real teenagers.

Rodge

The best damn movie i have ever seen. It is easily one of the funniest in the past couple years.

Rodge

The best damn movie i have ever seen. It is easily one of the funniest in the past couple years.

pooface

if your going to comment then rate all except one of these comments say five star but people forget so it has a user rating of 3 please rate!!!!!

pooface

if your going to comment then rate all except one of these comments say five star but people forget so it has a user rating of 3 please rate!!!!!

Abigail

I didnt really want to go watch this film but im so glad i did! it was the funniest film i had seen in ages i was non stop laughing!!

Abigail

I didnt really want to go watch this film but im so glad i did! it was the funniest film i had seen in ages i was non stop laughing!!

tuesday

an excellent film! me and my mates agree that it is one of the funniest films we have ever seen in our lifetime. :)

tuesday

an excellent film! me and my mates agree that it is one of the funniest films we have ever seen in our lifetime. :)

jose

the funny parts were mostly in the trailer. for pure entertainment and passing the time away, it's worth watching. although i really found the main character (white afro dude) really annoying

Lauren

Great film. Maybe not for you boring people... but good for the rest of us!

Lauren

Great film. Maybe not for you boring people... but good for the rest of us!

twinkle

superbad lived up to its name, it was indeed super bad. Through out the whole film i was under the impresion that this overlong vanity piece which could have cut at least 45min by getting rid of the 'fun cops', might get better, i was wrong, i only stayed because the vue cinema do not give refunds for rubbish films, and walking out would have wasted £8 the leads were in turn unlikable, unbearably wimpy, disloyal, unrealalistic, far to young for there age and quite frankly if, as i have been lead to belave based on the producers youth, i find no supprise that no one liked them and they could not get laid. The only light in the cast being mclovin, a stupid likeable nice boy who is just out for fun with out being bogged down in the stupid mundanity his co-leads sweat from every pour. It had none of the likablity of all the other teen films in the last ten years, seems to hate all women, constantly refering to them in disgusting lanaguge, with a horrid nasty joke about a ladies time of the month. Though i do concur that the on running joke of the fat one drawing willys all the time at the age of eight was very, very funny. This why superbad gets one star

Hayley White

Absolutely hilarious film... yes very crude, but well written, and actually how a lot of teenagers talk to each other so i wouldn't say it was over the top. consistently funny all the way through which is quite rare. only criticism would be that it was perhaps slightly too long (flagged a bit in the latter half, but picks up again towards the end) but otherwise absolutely fantastic and well worth seeing!

Hayley White

Absolutely hilarious film... yes very crude, but well written, and actually how a lot of teenagers talk to each other so i wouldn't say it was over the top. consistently funny all the way through which is quite rare. only criticism would be that it was perhaps slightly too long (flagged a bit in the latter half, but picks up again towards the end) but otherwise absolutely fantastic and well worth seeing!

jordan

Really great film, hadnt laughted so much in a cinema 4 ages! enjoyed it so much going to watch it again this week!

jordan

Really great film, hadnt laughted so much in a cinema 4 ages! enjoyed it so much going to watch it again this week!

luke

wasnt very good in my opinion not really worth seeing but gave me good time with girlfriend cus wasnt watching it

Lazzerini

Good Lord. This has to have been one of the worst films I have ever had the misfortune to see. A script peppered liberally with profanities and little else does not a good film make. However, the cops were fairly funny, did laugh a bit at the line "I'm going to assume you all have guns and crack".

ellen

Ok, lots of people are saying its shit, but i just think its good if its YOUR thing, Ok so you've seen the adverts yeah? well dont see it if you dident find the adverts funny. The crowd was in hysterics. Its emmbarssing and shocking, thats what the whole POINT in it was. If you dont like movies like Borat and 40 year old virgen, dont go see the fucking film! easy as that! And Joe, what about scotland? It wasent only showed in England you know..

ellen

Ok, lots of people are saying its shit, but i just think its good if its YOUR thing, Ok so you've seen the adverts yeah? well dont see it if you dident find the adverts funny. The crowd was in hysterics. Its emmbarssing and shocking, thats what the whole POINT in it was. If you dont like movies like Borat and 40 year old virgen, dont go see the fucking film! easy as that! And Joe, what about scotland? It wasent only showed in England you know..

Is it just me ...

... or are the five 6-star user reviews submitted within two minutes of each other slightly suspicious? The film is certainly okay, but not worth 6 stars. Most of this has been seen before; some of it better.

Sarah

I Think This Film Was Mint! Im 15, And Went To See It Last Night! The Cinema Was Packed, And Throughout The Film Everyone In There Was Laughing, Id Definatly Recommend It!

Sarah

I Think This Film Was Mint! Im 15, And Went To See It Last Night! The Cinema Was Packed, And Throughout The Film Everyone In There Was Laughing, Id Definatly Recommend It!

Joe

I don't know why everyone has given this film good ratings i am 16 and we found the whole film a real dissapointment with very few funny moments aside from the first 5 minutes or so and it dragged on for over 2hours I know that American and English humour are different and im telling you English people NOT to see it...please dont waste your money

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