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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  1. Negative: 35 out of 197
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. BillS
    Aug 10, 2009
    10
    The bottom line is this movie made me laugh out loud and a lot. I really enjoyed it.
  4. EvanBl
    Aug 17, 2007
    9
    Painfully funny. Both glaringly realistic and over the top. May contain the funniest dialogue in a movie all year.
  5. DavidD
    Sep 2, 2007
    8
    The only reason other people are voting poorly for this movie is because the movie was not targeted towards them. The movie is hilarious and The only reason other people are voting poorly for this movie is because the movie was not targeted towards them. The movie is hilarious and is mainly meant for teens/college kids. Others may enjoy it too, but that was their main target audience. Expand
  6. GregA
    May 25, 2008
    6
    It passed the time and provided some hilarious moments particularly in the first 30 minutes, but it dragged on too long, the cop scenes were It passed the time and provided some hilarious moments particularly in the first 30 minutes, but it dragged on too long, the cop scenes were not really that funny in the end. Compared to "Road Trip" this is comes a poor second. 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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