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"Have you actually ever met anyone named McLovin?"
on 6 February 2009
Since Napoleon Dynamite, `geek flicks' became nearly as trendy as the awful teen sex comedies like American Pie - and when I saw the opening credits with the awkward dancing, I thought this might be jumping on the bandwagon. Thankfully though - the film introduced two great characters - Evan and Seth. The two friends are in the final throws of school life before going up to college, and their quest for booze for booze for a party leads to journey of discovery that will test their friendship to the limits.
There's great banter between the two and the actors (Michael Cera and Jonah Hill) impress with their heart warming pathos. We then get Fogell, a.k.a McLovin; the uber-geek who ends up travelling with two policemen - one of whom looks like a young Dan Ackroyd. This gives us three characters who are at the centre of humour for the film and all three are incredibly likable - and though they are often crude (especially Seth), there's a charm to them and a feeling that they are genuinely part of lifes `good guys'.
Still though, Hollywood isn't usually in the business of making films for arts sake - and when it comes to getting the punters through the cinema doors then nothing sells quite so well as a few teens trying to get laid. The truth is that you can't but feel that the jokes have all been done before and that they're all based on the same template as American Pie, Road Trip, et al. But the main three characters (along with the policeman) are far more developed than what you normally get with a teen comedy and they make the film.
In a nutshell: I've watched so many comedies over the last few years and tittered mildly at the 'whacky' and 'crazy' antics of the two-dimensional teen characters (played by actors in their mid to late twenties!) as they spend their time on screen getting up to 'outrageous' high-jinx, and then I've sighed with relief as the credits rolled. But with 'Superbad' I saw the same sort of comedy and predictable language which is probably meant to shock - and I enjoyed the film. The first half of the film had me laughing out loud, though it seem look as though it was trying to out-crude itself every few minutes. But I enjoyed it mainly because I really liked the characters and although the film itself didn't blow me away, the people in it did. If a sequel is ever released, I'll be in the queue at the cinema because when the credits rolled, instead of sighing with relief - I wanted to see more of the gang.