Directed by Greg Mottola and produced by Judd Apatow, Superbad is a 2007 American adolescent buddy comedy. Jonah Hill and Michael Cera feature as Seth and Evan, two high school seniors. The males want to party and lose their virginity before graduation, but their plan fails. The screenplay was written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg when they were 13 years old, and is largely based on their Grade 12 experience at Point Grey Secondary School in Vancouver in the 1990s. Due to Rogen’s age and height, Hill was cast as Seth, while Rogen played the careless Officer Michaels, opposite Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader as Officer Slater.
The film garnered favourable reviews upon release, including praise for the language and the two stars’ chemistry. The picture made over $170 million on a $17.5-20 million budget. It has been hailed as one of the finest comedy of the 2000s and one of the best high school movies ever made.
Seth and Evan are great buddies since childhood. They’re about to start college. Sitting next to Jules in home economics class, she asks him to her party that night. When their pal Fogell admits to getting a phoney ID, Seth pledges to buy booze for Jules’ party using her money. When Evan meets up with Becca, he offers to bring her a special bottle of vodka for the party.
Despite having just one name on his phoney ID, “McLovin,” Fogell buys the booze but is robbed at the last minute. Seth and Evan think Fogell is being arrested as Slater and Michaels arrive. In truth, the cops agreed to drive Fogell there.
A vehicle hits Seth outside. In return for not notifying the cops, the driver offers to transport Seth and Evan to another party with booze. Slater and Michaels take Fogell along for a journey and connect with him. They become drunk, misuse their sirens, and discharge their guns at a stop sign while on duty. Meanwhile, several guys high on cocaine demand Evan perform “These Eyes” for them. The presenter confronts Seth for dancing with his fiancee. After a fight, Jacinda phones the cops as Seth and Evan flee.
Before Slater and Michaels’ police vehicle hits Seth again, Evan and Seth dispute over Evan going to a different college than Seth. But as Fogell gets out of the vehicle, Evan flees, while Seth and Fogell flee with the booze. They all make it to Jules’ party. Inadvertently revealing his college roommate, Fogell, adds to Seth’s displeasure with Evan.
Seth’s nighttime tales make him a party favourite. Becca wants sex with Evan, but he respects her too much to do it intoxicated. Meanwhile, Fogell impresses Nicola and takes her upstairs. Seth drunkenly tries to kiss Jules, but she refuses since she does not drink or want Seth intoxicated. Then Seth passes out, accidently headbutting Jules, leaving her a black eye.
Evan says he doesn’t want to stay with Fogell next year but is frightened of living with strangers. They apologise before they reconcile. They travel to the mall the following day and meet Jules and Becca. Following an apology from Becca and Seth, the lads and girls pair off. Meanwhile, Evan and Becca depart to purchase a new comforter to replace the one Jules damaged by puking on.
Hill as Seth
Casey Margolis as Seth
Evan (Michael Cer
Tom Hanks as Fogell/McLovin
Bill Hader as Slater
Sgt. Michaels (Seth Ro
Becca (Laura Marano)
JOEL LO TRUGLIO AS
Mark Kevin Corrigan
Franco as Greg
Shirley Laura Seay
Lentz-Pope as Gaby
BENI AUSTIN (David Krumholt
Masslin (Martin Starr)
Quince Danbury (Best)
as Scarlett Brighton
Steve Bannos – Mathema
Pagaduan Ronald Mampusti
Period Blood Girl Carla Gallo (Jacinda)
Clark Duke as a Club Kid
Party with Danny McBride (uncredited)
Homeless Clement Blake
MINDY (ERICTA VITTINA PHILL
Goldberg and Rogen wrote the picture as teenagers. Seth and Evan are largely based on their actual experiences as seniors in Vancouver in the late 1990s. Other characters and allusions were inspired by Goldberg and Rogen’s youth, such as Steven Glanzberg, a loner from Point Grey Secondary School.
Fogell was also a genuine buddy of Rogen and Goldberg, according to a 2009 interview. Rogen was supposed to portray Seth, but owing to his stature and age, he ended up playing a cop. He orders the police to drop him off at 13th and Granville, a reference to Rogen and Goldberg’s preferred all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant in Vancouver.  The film was completed in seven years, beginning in 2000 and ending in 2007.
The mall scenes were filmed in Culver City’s Fox Hills Mall (now Westfield Culver City).
Others include the movie’s opening convenience store in Culver City. the liquor shop where “McLovin” is identified in Glendale, and the pub where the officers take McLovin for a drink near Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
The police vehicle sequence with McLovin was shot in a parking lot on the California State University, Northridge campus.
Because Mintz-Plasse was just 17 when Superbad was filmed, his mother was forced to be on set during his sex scene.
Superbad grossed US$33,052,411 in its first weekend from 2,948 cinemas, an average of US$11,212 per theatre.
No. 1 for a second week, making $18,044,369.
The picture made $121.5 million in the US and Canada and $48.1 million elsewhere, for a total of $169.9 million. The film made a big profit compared to its $17.5-20 million budget, being the highest earning high school comedy at the time (it was surpassed by 21 Jump Street, a film also starring Hill, in 2012).
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an 87 percent approval rating with 207 reviewers giving it an average 7.40/10. “Superbad is a honest perspective on friendship and the underlying awkwardness of the high school experience,” said the website’s consensus. The film has a 76/100 rating from Metacritic, signifying “generally acceptable reviews.” CinemaScore scored the picture an A on a scale of A to F.
As the San Francisco Chronicle’s Mick LaSalle noted,
“The movie reminded me of National Lampoon’s Animal House, except that it’s more sophisticated, as all movies are,” wrote Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times in his review.The LA Times’ Carina Chocano remarked “Hill and Cera look like Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, Aykroyd and Belushi. “I hope it’s not inappropriate to remark that for a film so deliriously smutty, Superbad is supercute,” she concluded.” “2007: the year Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen rescued Hollywood humour,” observed Sean Burns of Philadelphia Weekly. Newsweek’s Devin Gordon: “Superbad isn’t flawless as a Nerd Revolt remake. …but it’s near!”
Superbad, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Stephen Farber, “doesn’t have the smarts or the profundity of previous ensemble comedy.”
It was suggested in the Hollywood Reporter review that the two main protagonists share a homoerotic encounter comparable to Y Tu Mamá También. “The officers belong in a lousy Police Academy sequel, not this movie,” remarked Adam Graham of The Detroit News. The Orlando Sentinel’s Roger Moore dubbed the picture “super-derivative, super-raunchy, and uncensored.” Further, Moore claims the film brazenly copies films like Can’t Hardly Wait and American Graffiti. He said, “Like Knocked Up, they’re stuck on how to conclude this. The vitality wanes as it overstays.” He said that it “has a degree more subtlety than Revenge of the Nerds and American Pie, but less than the undervalued House Party”. “The few brilliant remarks might have come from an episode of one of Apatow’s TV comedies,” Morris said.
Writing: Seth Rogen, 2008 Canadian Comedy Awards. In lieu of attendance, Rogen taped a thank you message.
CCA 2008: Michael Cera wins Best Male Performance.
Award: Most Promising Performer (Chicago Film Critics Association)
Awards 2007: Austin Film Critics Association – Breakthrough Artist Award
Emma Stone – Exciting New Face
Awards: MTV Movie Awards 2008
Breakthrough — Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Award for Best New Comedy Performance 2008
JOHNNY HILL 2008 MTV MOVIE AWARDS BEST COMED
BAFCA 2007 – Best Comedy
BAFCA 2007 – Michael Cera – Best Young Actor
2007 – Best Comedy
2007 Teen Choice Awards – Summer Movie – Musical
Superbad was released on DVD, UMD, and Blu-ray on December 4, 2007. (118 minutes). Deleted scenes, audio commentary with cast and crew, line-o-ramas (a staple of Apatow films), a making-of, and many short featurettes are among the extras.
Newmarket Press released two film-related books:
Superbad: The Illustrated Moviebook (ISBN 9781557047984) was released on DVD on December 4, 2007. An introduction by producer Judd Apatow; the complete script by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg; commentaries by Apatow, Rogen and Goldberg, as well as Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and Entertainment Weekly; 56 film stills; “Mr. Vagtastic Guide to Buying Porn,” and 24 “phallographic” drawings by David Goldberg from the film’s end credits.
In 2008, Superbad: The Drawings (ISBN 9781557048080) was released. David Goldberg (Evan Goldberg’s brother) contributed 82 “phallographic” drawings for the film.