Mister Eclectic (howeird) wrote,
Mister Eclectic


Superbad did not live up to Trailer Park MC Chris' recommendation, but it has its moments. This is one of those films which, while you are watching it you suspect the continuity editor was smoking something on the job, but by the closing credits you realize it was the director and the writers. At its heart this is a touching story about two mis-matched high school boys who are best friends. Unfortunately, on the surface the film is an over the top rip-off of every Bad Boys Party film ever made. Plus Reno 911. The stupidly crazy bad cops subplot is way over the top, way too long and way too "who cares?". The first 3 minutes is excellent, the rest belongs in some other movie.

Jonah Hill and Michael Cera are excellent as the two friends. They play it right on the edge - are they in the closet, or is it just that their loyalty to each other has gotten in the way of their het love lives?

Emma Stone as the heart throb DDG girl also does a great job of keeping us guessing whether she really is attracted to the little fat kid, or if she is just using him. And the girl in the obligatory "cops burst in while teenage couple are boinking" scene is the bestest eye candy in ages - her stage name is Aviva. I would sell myself to the gypsies to be with her.

Otherwise, poorly acted, poorly directed, not particularly well photographed, and a sound track consisting completely of canned songs nobody had to pay much royalties for. Audio editing was good, though.

I'd not spend matinée money on it - but it's worth a rental. I suspect it will be available real soon.
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