Sunday, May 10, 2015

Superbad (2007)

Director: Greg Mottola
Writers:  Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Cast:       Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Emma Stone

Two co-dependent high school seniors are forced to deal with separation anxiety after their plan to stage a booze-soaked party goes awry. Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg began working on the script when they were 13 years old and finished the first draft by the time they were 15. The characters played by Jonah Hill and Michael Cera are named after Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg respectively.

I had seen it some 6-7 years back and is my favorite out of the frat-pack films by a big margin even though it is an uneven film. The first half of the film is great and is laugh a minute but the second half kind of peters out after the introduction of Seth Rogan and Bill Hader as two cops. Micahel Cera as Seth and Christopher Mintz-Plasse as McLovin are excellent while Jonah Hill is bit of a hit and miss and annoying just like the mood of the character he plays. For Cera, it is basically a reprisal of his role as George Michael from 'Arrested Development'. Both Emma Stone and McLovin were making their debuts with this film.

Overall it is a great watch even though I didn't care much for the latter half of the film. McLovin is the most Memefied character out of the film and he is certainly the most memorable. Micheal Cera's character is the most intelligently written. It is interesting how Jonah Hill's career has panned out from there with him getting some very good and meaty roles lately. Many wouldn't have foresaw 'Academy Award Nominee Jonah Hill' appearing in posters of '22 Jump Street'.

Rating: 3.5/5