Instead, the real whiff of the past comes from Superbad, a little sleeper film in the spirit of Porky’s, Sixteen Candles, Better Off Dead, and The Last American Virgin that you’re gonna want to see multiple times and will be quoting lines from for months to come.
McLovin’ is truly in da house.
Co-written and co-starring Seth Rogen (Knocked Up) and produced by Judd Apatow (Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin), Superbad tells the story of Seth (Jonah Hill, from, you guessed it, Knocked Up) and Evan (Michael Cera, from Arrested Development), two dorky high school students trying to get laid before they graduate. All they need to do is buy alcohol and bring it to a party they’ve actually been invited to.
And not just hilarity, but raucous, filthy, inappropriate, hysterical hilarity.
It’s like Rogen and co. left all the heart they had in Knocked Up and just went balls-out for this one. There are some rants and lines of dialogue that spew out of Jonah Hill’s mouth that are fall down funny.
And you’ll never hear the song “These Eyes” in the same way again.
And the guy who plays McLovin’, well, he’s a walking sight gag.
I don’t want to ruin any more of Superbad for you, so I’m going to keep this short. But trust me when I say that the movie is an instant comedy classic from start to finish.
And while it’s not exactly perfect (they probably could have snipped 10 minutes off), it is exactly what you want in a summer comedy and that’s funny.
So I’m giving it a strong B+.