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Superbad
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Starring: Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Bill Hader, Seth Rogen
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Columbia Pictures
Distributed By: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Kiddie Movie: They won't understand a damn thing about the movie, but it might start them on their way to being a potty-mouthed horn-dog.
Date Movie: If she appreciated the humor in "Knocked-Up" and "The 40 Year Old Virgin."
Gratuitous Sex: Lots of penis drawings, and teens get it on, but limited nudity (except on a DVD extra).
Gratuitous Violence: A nice tune-up of a punk, and a bad ending for Seth in a dream.
Action: Some running and chasing, but nothing like James Bond.
Laughs: From start to finish.
Memorable Scene: Seth explaining to Evan why he hates Becca.
Memorable Quote: Too many to even think of listing.
Directed By: Greg Mottola

Cool Things About the DVD

Learn French! Or Spanish!  You get subtitles and languages both ways.
Buy a New TV! Just buy the new HDTV already, would ya!
Buy a New Stereo! The soundtrack is superbad-ass!
Anything Else! These film folks realize ahead of time the fact the movie will be on DVD, and as such, film lots of extras.  And now we know why everyone hates Michael Cera.

Superbad
A Movie/DVD Review

 

DVD - Unrated

It's 1:58 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
When I originally saw "Superbad" in the theater, I couldnít help but remember how much of an insecure, nerd, dork, and square I was in high school, so you might wonder why I would subject myself to this torture again by watching the DVD version. I tortured myself again because the movie in the theater made me laugh, and seeing it again, well, it held up just as well because I still found myself laughing my ass off, and that was just for the movie portion of the DVD. The bonus for "Superbad" is that the fun doesnít stop with the movie because if you get the 2 disc super-dee-duper extended edition, you can find many other gems to make you laugh. More on those later, hereís the basis for the story if you live in caveÖ

Seth (Johnah Hill), Evan (Michael Cera), and Fogell (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) are friends. Well, Seth and Evan are best friends, with Fogell seeming to just want to stay a part of their group. After years of being friends, Seth and Evan will be separated after senior year since they are going to different colleges. It being the end of senior year, lots of kids are having parties where the nerdy kids (namely our trio) are not invited, but much to Sethís surprise, the girl he has the hots for, Jules (Emma Stone), invites him to her party, and since Fogell is getting his fake ID, Seth says heíll bring the liquor. Evan is happy to find out that Becca will be there as well, and Seth sets up the plan to get the girls liquored up so our boys can finally become men, or at least get laid before the end of high school. Their plan is flawless until Fogell shows up with his fake ID, giving him the one-name moniker sure to go down in high school history because Fogell is now, simply, McLovin.

And then hilarity ensues. Actually, a lot of hilarity has ensued up to this point, but it is the transfer of Fogell to McLovin that creates shear brilliance in this movie. There is still liquor to be bought, McLovin finds himself in the back seat of a cop car, Evan and Seth have to work out their problems of the upcoming college separation, Evan has to sing, Seth has to try and clean a stain off of his pants (and itís not a "tossing a load in his own net" stain as you might think from this horn-dog), and McLovin has to live up to his name.

"Superbad" is not a movie for the easily offended, whether that offendedness comes from foul language, gross-out jokes, or teenage kids throwing liquor-fueled parties where the kids will be more than happy to use the parentís room to have sex, and itís also probably not for the super-cool kids who wonít find it funny when the bad-ass dude gets a tune-up, but for just about every other, pretty normal, nerdy, person who was the slightest bit insecure in high school, there is something to relate to, and laugh at, even if it brings some repressed traumas about not making a move on that person you really liked, or that person who shot you down, or that you could never live up to the name "McLovin." And as much as the movie thrives on the raunchy side of high school it does have that underlying theme of best friends, to the end, where even when you are pissed at your friend, you will do what needs to be done to keep them out of harmís way, or at least away from some wacky cops.

I really liked seeing "Superbad" again, and although in my original review I didnít like the sub-plot with Officer Slater (Bill Hader) and Officer Michaels (Seth Rogen), for whatever reason their characters grew on me while watching the movie in the comfort of my dude-pad, enough so that Iím upping my rating of the movie from 4 Ĺ to 5 stars out of 5, and even if I didnít like our bumbling officers more this time Iíd still have to up the rating just for the additions that the 2-disc set offered, which if you liked the movie in the theaters, I highly recommend the 2-disc set.

My recommendation for the extra disc is simply because, sure, the extras include the normal stuff like your gag reel, deleted and extended scenes, and commentary, but then you start to get more, like an extra seemingly added just to give some blatant nudity (The Vag-Tastic Voyage), more insight into the making of the movie, a brief glimpse into making some of the scenes safe, or at least safer, for TV viewing, and although also on the basic version, I think, the Cop Car Confessions are pretty funny, especially Ken Jeong (you might remember him as Dr. Kuni in "KnockedUp") as, well, you just have to see, and Justin Long (the Mac dude) doing a great impression of Matthew McConaughey, or if not, well, he sure sounds a hell like Matthew McConaughey.

Some movies are best seen in the theater and donít hold up that well at home, while some films are just the opposite, better viewed at home. "Superbad" is just as great on the home screen as it was on the big screen, and I applaud the film folks actually planning for the extra DVD stuff.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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