In 2000, writer-director Judd Appatow created a teenage dramedy TV Series, Freaks and Geeks, about a bunch of misfits and ahem, fools, and their lives in the final year of high school. The show launched the careers of about 4000 people (we may be off the mark by one or two) including James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, John Francis Daley and Martin Starr.
Around the same time, or maybe even earlier, Seth Rogen teamed up with his best friend, Evan Goldberg to write a movie about two misfits and ahem, fools, and their lives in the final week of high school. Seven years later, Judd Appatow released the movie, Superbad, and it became the turning point in the careers of 4000 other people, including Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Emma Stone.
But while Freaks and Geeks was ahead of its time and only became an underground cult much later, Superbad became one of the highest box office comedies ever, and gained an instant cult status! But the two still have a bunch of things in common – high school, being misfits, a LOT of raunchiness… and surprisingly for a R-Rated movie, a lot of heart.
Superbad is about Evan and Seth, two awkward teenagers who, in the course of a mad, mad night, realise how co-dependant they are, and in the meanwhile, get themselves some lovin’… or McLovin’! Yes, the premise of Superbad is roughly similar to two dozen high school, coming of age movies but what sets it apart is the genuine sweetness the writers manage to retain in the midst of all the… umm… attempted sex.
Jonah Hill and Michael Cera have a chemistry that will put many on screen couples to shame and where all high school movies overdose on the sex (which is not a bad thing, by the way), this one’s all about friendship. And that’s never a bad thing, either! Watch it to relive the time when it was AWESOME to be fools! Also, McLovin’ \m/
Starring: Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Emma Stone
Written By: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Directed By: Greg Mottola
Note: This recommendation first appeared in MTV Noise Factory, April 2012 issue
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