SuperBad

SuperBad

4.4 63
Director: Greg Mottola

Cast: Greg Mottola, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Seth Rogen

     
 

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Operating under the assumption that by procuring alcohol for an upcoming party they will finally be able to break their longstanding losing streak with the fairer sex, socially inept high school seniors Evan (Michael Cera) and Seth (Jonah Hill) set out to secure the adult beverages that could get them off ofSee more details below

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Operating under the assumption that by procuring alcohol for an upcoming party they will finally be able to break their longstanding losing streak with the fairer sex, socially inept high school seniors Evan (Michael Cera) and Seth (Jonah Hill) set out to secure the adult beverages that could get them off of the geek list before they even attend college orientation. Evan is a bright young student whose outward sweetness belies his suffocating fear of heading off to college without his lifelong best friend Seth -- a hormone-driven mischief-maker who wasn't accepted to the same school as Evan. But Evan and Seth both know that college is a place of personal reinvention, and that if they are able to make that first leap together they will have forged a bond powerful enough to last a lifetime. Meanwhile, Evan and Seth's friend Fogell (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) acquires a hastily rendered fake I.D. that instantly endears him to a pair of truly irresponsible cops (Bill Hader and Seth Rogen). Penned by co-star Rogen in collaboration with former Da Ali G Show co-writer Evan Goldberg, the semi-autobiographical SuperBad was produced by Judd Apatow and directed by Greg Mottola -- who previously helmed episodes of Undeclared and Arrested Development.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
It appears that the masses have finally caught up with Judd Apatow and company. On the heels of such early successes as The Larry Sanders Show and The Ben Stiller Show, Apatow seemed poised to break big. When Freaks and Geeks hit the airwaves back in 1999, Beverly Hills 90210 was breathing its last gasp. The era of dressed-up hair metal had long since passed, and despite the fact that grunge was on the wane, viewers were still craving something a little less glossy when it came to the subject of teen-centric TV dramas. Sadly, the Emmy-winning Freaks and Geeks may have proven a bit too far from the status quo for most viewers to digest at that point. Undeclared seemed to offer much of the same storytelling style with a bit more polish, but the show's time slots shifted around so frequently that even die-hard fans often found it hard to keep up, and that show suffered a premature demise as well. But few could have foreseen the remarkable impact Apatow's vision would have in the realm of cinema. The subsequent success of such Apatow-produced features as Anchorman, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and Knocked Up proved that his comic sensibilities translated remarkably well to the big screen. Add to this the fact that the casts and crews of Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared were now among the most promising talents in Hollywood, and those oft-made comments about Apatow's series being ahead of their time took on a somewhat prophetic tone. Of the many talented Freaks and Geeks alumni, young writer and actor Seth Rogen emerged as one of the most ambitious. With writing credits on Undeclared, producing credits on The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up, and a star-making turn as a perpetually stoned but gruffly likeable lead in the latter, Rogen proved that he was equally capable of carrying a film on both sides of the camera. In Superbad, Arrested Development star Michael Cera steps aboard the Apatow/Rogen power train, and bit player Jonah Hill (who essayed brief but memorable roles in both The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up) continues to expand his role within the crew. The result is a hilarious coming-of-age story with a heart -- an impetuously vulgar and unabashedly obscene heart, but precisely the kind of heart that gives this formidable team's films a notable edge over the countless other teen comedies that flood the multiplex and home video markets. Likewise, as post-Napoleon Dynamite retro-kitsch obsession continues to flourish in the world of comedy (see Kickin' It Old Skool and Eagle vs. Shark), Superbad effectively straddles the line between nostalgia and chichi without ever feeling forced. This is a comedy that seems to exist somewhat out of time: of course the use of cell phones and other modern technologies make it obvious that the action is taking place in the age of the Internet, but with a soundtrack that features Curtis Mayfield, Rick James, and Roots, and fashions that stretch from the 1970s straight through to Gen Y and beyond, Superbad seems to function as a love letter to these trends rather than a slave to them. Superbad was co-scripted by childhood friends Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Cera and Hill play the screenwriters' onscreen counterparts), and these decidedly personal origins show. Of course Superbad also has its fair share of big gags -- a hilariously lewd montage and an awkward rendition of the Guess Who's "These Eyes" are particular highlights -- but the heart and soul of Superbad is in the small moments, the naturalistic scenes in which Hill's Seth and Cera's Evan are simply being their hormone-driven, foul-mouthed selves. The film works best when Seth and Evan are trading barbs and simply playing off one another, a testament to the enduring friendship shared between the two screenwriters. There's little doubt that the non-stop obscenity and honest portrayal of teen sex in all its awkward glory could prove somewhat off-putting to parents and more sensitive viewers -- Superbad is rated R for good reason -- yet these are precisely the traits that are likely to endear it to its target audience. And while the subject of two longtime friends' coming of age and impending separation doesn't necessarily have the gravity of, say, an unintended pregnancy, it is a situation that most everyone can relate to and it's rarely been portrayed as candidly and memorably in a comedy. The supporting players are uniformly excellent as well: Rogen and SNL alum Bill Hader are unforgettable as a pair of cops who make the Super Troopers look like pillars of the community, and newcomer Christopher Mintz-Plasse is a revelation as subordinate dweeb Fogell. Despite the fact that Greg Mottola's pedestrian direction and Russ T. Alsobrook's flat cinematography give the film the look of a typical episode of Undeclared (unsurprising since both have worked largely in television), perhaps the biggest complaint worth mentioning is the same problem that plagued 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up: clocking in at almost two hours, the film just feels a bit too lengthy for a crass but sincere comedy. Regardless of that admittedly minor gripe, this film delivers laughs so consistently that the 20 minutes of excessive fat taste more like fried Twinkies than tough gristle.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/04/2007
UPC:
0043396238176
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen, Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:58:00
Sales rank:
35,227

Special Features

Unrated footage not seen in theaters; Menus featuring more of Seth's doodles; Deleted and extended scenes; Gag reel; Line-o-rama; Cop Car Confessions - ride along with clark county's finest; The making of Superbad; Original table read 2002 - Seth Rogen reads the part of "Seth"; Commentary with filmmakers and cast; Pineapple Express: exclusive first look and more!; Cast audition footage; Press junket meltdown; The music of Superbad; Everyone Hates Michael Cera - the unfornuate true story; On-set diaries; And more!

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jonah Hill Seth
Michael Cera Evan
Seth Rogen Officer Michaels
Bill Hader Officer Slater
Christopher Mintz-Plasse Fogell
Kevin Corrigan Mark
Joe Lo Truglio Francis the Driver
Martha MacIsaac Becca
Emma Stone Jules
Aviva Nicola
Clement Blake Homeless Guy
Erica Vittana Phillips Liquor Store Cashier
Joseph A. Nuñez Liquor Store Clerk
Dave Franco Greg the Soccer Player
Marcella Lentz-Pop Gaby
Scottie Gerbacia Jesse
Laura Seay Shirley
Roger Iwami Miroki
Clint Mabry Prosthetic Leg Kid
Stacy Edwards Evan's Mom
Mark Rogen Father With Bat
Charlie Hatsock Good Shopper Cashier
Donna Hardy Old Lady
Charley Rossman Good Shopper Security
Carla Gallo Period Blood Girl
Ben Best Quince Danbury
Jody Hill Tut Long John Silver
Kevin Breznahan Patrick Manchester
David Krumholtz Benji Austin
Mousa Kraish Billy Baybridge
Nicholas Jasenovec Coffee Fairmount
Martin Starr James Masselin
Keith Loneker Wild Bill Cherry
Matthew McKane Kane Cloverdale
Lauren Miller Scarlett Brighton
Peter Salett Tiger Greendragon
Rakefet Abergel Muffin Selby
Brooke Dillman Mrs Hayworth
Michael Naughton Gym Teacher
Steve Bannos Math Teacher
Casey Margolis Young Seth
Laura Marano Young Becca
Matthew Bass Vagtastic Voyager
Aurora Snow Vagtastic Voyage Girl
Jenna Haze Vagtastic Voyage Girl
Ted Haigh Bartender
Michael Fennessey Bus Driver
Brian Huskey Elementary Principal
Clark Duke Party Teen
Stephen IV Borrello Party Teen
Naathan Phan Party Teen
Pamella D'Pella Teacher

Technical Credits
Greg Mottola Director
Russ T. Alsobrook Cinematographer
George Anderson Sound Editor
Judd Apatow Producer
Jerome Fauci Camera Operator
Marc Fishman Sound Mixer
Maggie Fung Makeup
Evan Goldberg Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Allison Jones Casting
Jonathan Karp Musical Direction/Supervision
William Kerr Editor
Tony Lamberti Sound Mixer
Alicia MacCarone Set Decoration/Design
Harrison D. Marsh Sound/Sound Designer
Debra McGuire Costumes/Costume Designer
Natalie Richards Set Decoration/Design
Robert Hall Makeup Special Effects
Shauna Robertson Producer
Scott Andrew Robertson Asst. Director
Seth Rogen Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Steven H. Smith Camera Operator
Chris Spellman Production Designer
Gerald Sullivan Art Director
Dara Weintraub Co-producer
Lyle Workman Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Superbad
1. Opening Credits [4:11]
2. You're Like Orsen Welles [3:31]
3. Becca [3:19]
4. Home-Ec [6:04]
5. Dicks [5:23]
6. That Mistake [3:52]
7. McLovin [3:04]
8. Cargo Shorts [4:27]
9. I'm Nervous [4:25]
10. Fuck My Life [4:14]
11. Phuck [5:28]
12. You Guys on MySpace? [3:11]
13. Fantastic Friends [3:17]
14. Bailey's [4:06]
15. What Is That? [5:36]
16. Like a Bird [2:01]
17. Two Cocks [1:43]
18. Blood Brothers [3:58]
19. You Bailed [5:42]
20. Fastest Kid Alivr [3:00]
21. Goldslick [4:20]
22. Respect Women [2:51]
23. Hawaii [4:27]
24. Blow Jay [5:02]
25. It's In [3:53]
26. Let's Do This Dance [3:18]
27. Boop [2:36]
28. Morning [11:19]

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