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August 31, 2007
RATING: 5/10
Maybe it's the fact that I was never a teenage boy, or maybe it's the fact that I was distracted by the giant diamond engagement ring on my finger, but I just couldn't fully embrace Superbad with the big warm hug it wanted me to give it. Instead, it got a yawn and an eye roll, mixed with a shudder and some annoyance. Oh, and two laughs.

I mean, sure, go see this film in order to beat the heat or make out with your girlfriend or see how well your engagement ring flashes in the dark. I'm fine with that. Enjoy Michael Cera, who lives up to his potential as a cursing version of Arrested Development's George Michael Bluth. Laugh at cops! Identify with making an ass of yourself in front of people who were undoubtably cooler than you in high school! But do me a favor and explain to me just why this film isn't a carbon copy of every gross-out film of its ilk that came before it, without even a "This one time….at band camp…" line to keep it alive throughout the ages.



Superbad seems like it's been marketed as a Harold and Kumar for the older set - a little smarter and a little less polished. And that's true, director Greg Mottola pretty aptly creates a world that is reminiscent of the 1970s and early 1980s - wood paneling, antique-looking strip malls, Buicks, and killer opening credits - while placing the action in 2007. Stylistically, at least, Superbad is cleverly constructed to remind those dudes who are now all grown up (and making movies, obviously) of the uncomfortable memories of adolescence. I'm sure it's a relief for you guys to know that it wasn't just you; awkwardness and inappropriateness and out of control hormones are still universal among teenage assholes.



Yeah, I said "assholes." Because you know what? The "Let girls like you for who you are, and also treat them like ladies" life lessons these kids learn at the end are flimsy and forced. Far more attention is given to how much Seth and Evan (named after the writers, Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg) want blowjobs from hot girls with thongs sticking out of their pants. I am certainly not a prude. I applaud pushing envelopes and being as frank as possible about sexuality. But male characters who get rewarded at the end for making five thousand jokes about boning the girls they like is getting a little old. If porn gets a bad rap for objectifying women, why does a new movie like this come out every summer, to the sanctioned delight of men young and old? And, not to beat a dead horse, but you KNOW that if Amy Poehler wrote a movie about two girls desperate to get to third base, it would be called Supersluts, and they would end up in rehab with unwanted pregnancies, not happily accompanying the fella of their choice to the mall.



I don't know. I like humor. I like Michael Cera. I like good directing and Seth Rogan. I'm just tired of things that are never going to change, I guess. Maybe Superbad is just indicative of reality, and that's that. I suppose, being a girl, I just can't understand. Maybe when I have a teenage son of my own, he can explain it to me during the Saturday nights when he is locked in the house and chained to the sofa.

TRAILER: www.youtube.com/watch?v=VULGYQXtG70

SEE ALSO: www.sonypictures.com/movies/superbad

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Susan Howson
A staff writer attending graduate school in Richmond, VA, Susan Howson cannot be persuaded to stop talking about movies.

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