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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

Superbad - An Outdated Nostalgic Trip

Rating: ★★½ (2.5 out of 5)

Released 08-17-2007

Watched 04-15-2023

Reviewed 04-17-2023

Watched on HBO Max


"All right, you look like a future pedophile in this picture, number 1. Number 2, it doesn't even have a first name, it just says McLovin!"


Superbad (2007) was once hailed as a hilarious, raunchy, and unconventional coming-of-age comedy. Directed by Greg Mottola and produced by the comedic powerhouse Judd Apatow, the film boasted a talented cast of Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. However, revisiting the movie in 2023, it's apparent that the film has not aged well and is a far cry from the comedic genius it was once lauded as.


The plot revolves around Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera), two socially awkward high school seniors attempting to procure alcohol for a party with the hope that it will help them win over their crushes. Along the way, their friend Fogell (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) gets a fake ID under the dubious name "McLovin" and gets entangled with a pair of eccentric police officers. While the premise might have seemed fresh and funny in 2007, the juvenile humor falls flat in today's context.


Many of the jokes in the film rely heavily on teenage vulgarity, excessive profanity, and cringe-worthy sexual innuendos. The humor lacks the cleverness and wit that make modern comedies shine. In light of today's evolving social climate, some of the film's content comes across as outdated and offensive, making it difficult to appreciate the comedy without feeling uncomfortable.


That being said, the chemistry between Cera, Hill, and Mintz-Plasse is undeniable. Their performances as socially inept teenagers are convincing, and their on-screen camaraderie adds some charm to the movie. Additionally, the film's exploration of the anxiety and uncertainty of adolescence remains relatable, even if the humor doesn't.


In conclusion, Superbad is a nostalgic trip for those who enjoyed the film during its heyday, but it doesn't hold up well in today's world. While the performances of its main cast are commendable, the juvenile humor and outdated material make it difficult to appreciate it as a classic. If you're looking for a trip down memory lane, Superbad might be worth a watch. However, if you're seeking a fresh and clever comedy, it's best to look elsewhere.



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