Often underestimated is the comedic genius that is Seth Rogen. He has been the second fiddle to the Judd Apatow show since Freaks and Geeks, playing the vulgar stock room guy in The 40 Year Old Virgin and the guy who made sexy-time with Dr. Izzy Stephens in Knocked Up. But did you know that the guy writes as well? Yes indeed, he has had a hand in all of these films in ways that go beyond what you see on screen. And with Superbad, Rogen continues to show off his writing skills, delivering one of the most viciously funny movies since Super Troopers.
Superbad is the funkdified story of three friends played by Jonah Hill (the fat kid from Knocked Up), Michael Cera (the awkward son from Arrested Development) and Christopher Mintz-Plasse as the character who would eventually become McLovin’. The three guys set out on the age old journey to find booze, liquor up some ladies and pre-Summer poon before they head off to separate colleges the next year.
It’s a story that you would think has been worn out at this point. Jennifer Love Hewitt was stalked by Ethan Embry in Can’t Hardly Wait back in 1998 — shouldn’t that have been enough? Thankfully it wasn’t, because what you get from Superbad is a vulgar brand of comedy delivered through some stellar performances. Jonah Hill is quite possibly the next big thing in comedy. With razor sharp wit, the guy brings the house down, sets the roof on fire and all of that other shit. Either way, you will laugh your ass off.
Michael Cera is the perfect sidekick for Hill, bringing an awkward balance to Hill’s infinite energy. Channeling a little bit of George Michael from Arrested Development and adding a bit more maturity, Cera steals a lot of scenes. Together, Hill and Cera are a comedic tandem unlike anything we’ve seen since Spade and Farley were bantering back and forth. And that is not even mentioning that McLovin kid, he’s pretty funny as well.
In addition to some spot on performances, the writing in this flick is phenomenal. The story is well paced, the dialog is intelligent yet unrefined and we are left laughing at every turn. From drawings of penises to the chase for some sexual touchy-toucy, the film is strangely reminiscent of every geek’s high school days.
On the whole, Superbad takes everything that we loved about Knocked Up earlier this year and brings it to the next level. It not only delivers that hard brand of comedy that is like a swift kick to the gut, but it shows off two dynamic comedic actors who are golden on screen together. If this is your brand of comedy (and it certainly is mine), then this is what you’ve been waiting for all year: funky, fresh and downright hysterical.