Saturday, December 1, 2007


Last night Mr. H and I went to see Superbad. I'm tempted to make a joke about the movie not being bad but good, but I'll spare you. I'll just get straight to the it was good part. First, we went to see it at the Brew and View at the Vic. If you've never been there to see a movie, you should totally go. It's lots of fun. It's always a good thing when you can drink and watch a movie at the same time. Plus it's only 5 bucks for a double (sometimes triple) feature. Anyway, I had heard that Superbad was pretty funny so I was expecting to be entertained. While it definitely took from lots of teenage comedies (American Pie jumps to mind), I still thought it was a fresh take on the teenage angst that the end of high school and beginning of adulthood brings on. The films protagonists, Seth and Evan, played by Jonah Hill and Michael Cera respectively (and cutely named after the movies writers) find themselves at the end of their high school career (though boy, they sure looked too young to be seniors in high school - which of course is a sign of aging on my part) being geeks, facing separation from each other and without girlfriends. With the intentions of supplying the liquor to a pregraduation party and getting a couple of possibly interested girls soused, the boys hope to move on with their lives (and have something else to ease the pain of their imminent separation from each other).

There were many knee slapping moments in this movie (and I actually slapped my knee at one point). When Seth and Evan realize that they truly love each other and that it's OK, when Evan's would-be girlfriend tries to seduce him but ends up throwing up on him (ah teenage love) and when Seth ends up dancing with an older (read my age) woman at a party who ends up staining his jeans with blood (I'll let you guess how) - all of those moments were great. But, as happens in so many of these movies, the real talent and hilarity come in the secondary friend character. In this case it's the friend with the fake ID, Fogell. Played wonderfully nerdy by Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Fogell changes his name to McLovin (one name) on his fake ID and well, pretty much from there the hilarity ensues. Fogell's genius nerd is on par with such nerd greats as Urkel and well, the entire cast of Revenge of the Nerds.

If you haven't seen Superbad, the DVD comes out on December 4. Get ready to curl up and relive your awkward phase.

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