superbadTeenagers Seth and Evan (Jonah Hill, Michael Cera) are determined not to leave high school as virgins; a big party might solve the problem, but the hunt for liquor becomes an adventure. It does sound like your average American Pie (1999) clone, but it was made by the people behind The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005) and has the same successful mix of raunchy gags and heartfelt emotions. The writers wrote the story when they were 13 and you seldom see this kind of a genuine description of high school. The actors (including newcomer Christopher Mintz-Plasse) are very charming; less believable are Seth Rogen and Bill Hader as the totally immoral cops, but they are on the other hand hilarious.

2007-U.S. 112 min. Color. Produced by Judd Apatow, Shauna Robertson. Directed by Greg Mottola. Screenplay: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg. Cast: Jonah Hill (Seth), Michael Cera (Evan), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Fogell), Bill Hader, Seth Rogen, Martha MacIsaac… Emma Stone.

Trivia: Also available in a 10-minute longer version. Stone’s first film.

Last word: “In comedies there is usually a very heightened reality. Even though in ‘Superbad’ we tried to – we tried to find the kind of baseline reality that we would stick to. We wouldn’t go completely over the top although arguably the things with the cops are pretty over the top. But you know, we still didn’t want it to be like things where you know, people are – I don’t know. Didn’t quite have like the ‘Harold and Kumar’ reality. And I’m not trying to knock that movie, I’m just saying that movie is much more surreal.” (Mottola, The Independent Critic)

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