Superbad (2009)


Jonah Hill and Michael Cera
Written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg

Man, this is a funny, clever movie. Raunchy as heck, which of course you know, but there is something real here that it’s nice to see. I didn’t usually engage in the kinds of conversations the main characters have in this film, but I certainly heard my fair share of them, and I know guys who talked about these things all the time. Hill and Cera are a terrific on-screen duo; the rhythm and flow of their conversations, especially the argument with Fogel (McLovin) over the fake ID, are just terrific.

At least half the movie is spent with Seth Rogen and Bill Hader, who play idiotic cops. This half of the movie was lame. Tired. Played-out. Not funny. It was like a much-too-long episode of Reno 911, a show I also do not find amusing.

Everyone talks about how sweet this film is and how much heart it has. I have to agree. I really like what the writers and actors do with the last scene and have watched it several times, just to see the way the actors look at each other. It’s very well done.

Half of this movie gets an 8, but the other half gets a 4, so we’ll split the difference and call it a 6.

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