Superbad

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  • Summary: Superbad is a coming-of-age cautionary tale about two socially inept teenage boys about to graduate high school. Theirs is a ridiculously dependent friendship--but now they've gotten into different colleges and are forced to contemplate life apart. Evan is sweet, smart, and generallySuperbad is a coming-of-age cautionary tale about two socially inept teenage boys about to graduate high school. Theirs is a ridiculously dependent friendship--but now they've gotten into different colleges and are forced to contemplate life apart. Evan is sweet, smart, and generally terrified. Seth is foul-mouthed, volatile, and all-consumed with the topic of human sexuality. This is the story of their misguided attempts to reverse a lifelong losing streak with the ladies in one panic-driven night...that awful, humiliating night you cherish for the rest of your life. (Sony Pictures) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. For pure laughs, for the experience of just sitting in a chair and breaking up every minute or so, Superbad is 2007's most successful comedy.
  2. 90
    Superbad is duly ribald and often achingly funny, brewed from the now-familiar Apatow house blend of go-for-broke slapstick and instantly quotable, potty-mouthed dialogue.
  3. You don't have to be a teenager to appreciate the raunchy humor and the uninhibited overkill of Seth's porn-obsessed chatter, though it probably helps to be a guy.
  4. There is a hint of sentimentality among the pals at the end, but not enough to offset the film's harmless combination of camaraderie and wished-for - oh, how they wish for it - debauchery.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    Side-splitting laughter, along with some powerful cringing, are likely to be audiences' dominant reactions.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    The bawdy jokes score big points, but it's the rueful acknowledgement of adolescent embarrassment and humiliation that most distinguishes Superbad, another ultra-raunchy and commercial sex comedy from the Judd Apatow laugh factory.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    50
    To find that valuable truth, you have to dig through an avalanche of d--- jokes and strenuous slapstick.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 35 out of 196
  1. BillS
    Aug 10, 2009
    10
    The bottom line is this movie made me laugh out loud and a lot. I really enjoyed it.
  2. JackD
    Aug 25, 2007
    10
    American Pie was Hollywood GARBAGE! Superbad, is ten times better. It's smarter, funnier and has much better actors. "Apatow and Rogen American Pie was Hollywood GARBAGE! Superbad, is ten times better. It's smarter, funnier and has much better actors. "Apatow and Rogen are comedy poison"??? What the hell are you talking about... maybe you should stick to BRATZ. Expand
  3. BenB
    Dec 4, 2007
    10
    This movie is flat-out hilarious. Extremely crude, and not for all tastes, but those who enjoyed other Judd Apatow movies like Knocked Up This movie is flat-out hilarious. Extremely crude, and not for all tastes, but those who enjoyed other Judd Apatow movies like Knocked Up will be very appreciative. Expand
  4. MikeR
    Aug 25, 2007
    8
    This movie had depth in the characters, that's why it's not an American Pie/LOL kinda thing. They are outsiders and always will be, This movie had depth in the characters, that's why it's not an American Pie/LOL kinda thing. They are outsiders and always will be, but their world is vital and emotional. The pretty girls are smart enough to see their gifts, too, maybe because they are not cheerleaders (as far as we know). This is a smart, low key comedy. Not a laugh your face off movie. Expand
  5. May 21, 2011
    8
    hahahahahahahahahahahahhaahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahhahaahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahhaahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahhahaahahahahahahahahahahahhahah funny as hell. good acting by all the characters. funny script. funny lines. great lines. Expand
  6. SteveK
    Dec 18, 2007
    6
    Bill Cosby once famously said that you don't have to swear to be funny. Superbad starts slowly, almost entirely to its insistence in Bill Cosby once famously said that you don't have to swear to be funny. Superbad starts slowly, almost entirely to its insistence in having the most vulgar dialogue in recent movie history. It gets better (much better AND funnier) as the movie goes on, when they move on from the obvious and lowbrow humor and actually put the characters through some truly funny scenarios. The cops are hilarious and the dynamic between the two friends is touching. This is a gem of a movie that is dressed up like an unfortunate piece of turd. I just wish more moviemakers would realize that they don't need the "shock" factor of predictable "teen comedy" crap. It's like hearing a dirty joke for the first time. It might make you giggle (when you're 12) because somebody said the "F" word, but after hearing so many of these, the dirty joke stops being funny and just seems dirty. Just like many people grow up from those antics, here's hoping that movie making from Apatow and others grows up as well, because they have the potential to make some truly funny stuff, without the smut. Expand
  7. T.Sherrill
    Aug 17, 2007
    0
    This is a sad commentary about back-assward priorities, low class, and a tragic lack of respect for women.

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