Superbad
Don’t act surprised, you co-wrote the film.

Theatrical Release Date: 08/17/2007
Director: Greg Mottola
Cast: Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse

So I’ve finally seen the phenomenon that swept the nation last weekend and to continue my charity work with puns, “Superbad” is Superokay.

The basic idea behind the film is that three lovable losers are given the chance to be cool one night. Thanks to unbelievably impossible circumstances, unnatural teenage clique behavior, a fake ID and a lot of alcohol, their misadventures are wowing audiences from sea to shining sea.

I know I sound like a hater but I guess I’m just one of those few who don’t see what all the hype was about.

Is “Superbad” funny? Yes.

Would I say it’s an instant classic? No.

While there are plenty of funny lines and humorous actions, the attempt to tie it all into the two best friends struggling to cope with the idea they’re going to different colleges slows the film down quite a bit. There were plenty of times when I wished they’d just drop that storyline and let the craziness unfold.

And there’s a good deal of crazy fun to be had. I will readily admit there were a few jokes that had me in stitches and I’m still laughing about the kid in Home Ec and his flour face paint.

However, much of the humor in the film truly falls at the tasteless level of something like “Scary Movie” or “There’s Something About Mary”, neither of which I would urinate on if they were on fire.

The dick jokes and dick illustrations are funny in spurts (oh God) but over the long haul (oh Jesus), it just doesn’t measure up (someone stop me!).

The performances are pretty good. Most of the cast felt like natural teenagers, awkward and a little unsteady. I suppose that’s a good thing when you’re doing a comedy about teenagers but it did fall a little bit on the amateurish side for me.

Also, I wish that some of the story lines and crazy events that take place would have had a better sense of closure. The film just sort of wrapped up really quickly at the end, almost like this was an alternate ending because the other one(s) tested badly. I wouldn’t be surprised to see multiple endings on the DVD due to the filmmakers being unable to choose.

Wow, I feel like I’m really laying it on thick here and that’s not really my intention. I had fun, I laughed and I will say that if you’re looking for a tasteless comedy, “Superbad” is going to fit the bill.

However, if you’re just looking for a good comedy, “Knocked Up” must be coming to DVD soon and that’s a much better example of a polished comedy team delivering the goods. I’m giving “Superbad” a 3 out of 5 and after watching so much drinking, it’s time I head to the fridge.