Superbad Greg Mottola

Superbad Greg Mottola

A film that makes Knocked Up look like a family comedy, Superbad managed to overcome some incredibly frank talk about sex to become a huge sleeper hit in theatres. The reason Superbad excelled is because it managed to balance out its profanity-laced dialogue with some touching moments and overall realism when it comes to teenage boys and their views on girls and alcohol. Seth (Jonah Hill) and Evan (Michael Cera) are about to graduate and head off to separate colleges, so they decide the time is now to make moves on their crushes at a house party with the help of their friend Fogell and his now infamous fake ID to acquire booze. When the liquor store is robbed and two officers (played by Seth Rogen and Bill Hader) wind up on the scene, the movie splits into two as Seth and Evan deal with separation anxiety and Fogell hangs out with the fuzz who want to relive their party days. Even though there are lots of nice moments about friendship and loyalty,Superbad is filthy thanks to Jonah Hill’s miraculous way of working the word "fuck” into every conversation, with Michael Cera playing his awkward, shy best friend, making for one of the greatest comedy duos in a long time. The DVD is loaded with extras, such as the expected outtakes and extended scenes, along with some good deleted moments, such as Seth and Evan trying to steal alcohol from Evan’s hot mother. There’s a lengthy segment called "Cop Car Confessions” where guests such as Nick Swardson and Kristen Wiig ride with Rogen and Hader in the back seat of the Superbad police cruiser. There’s a short "making of” piece, as well as video diaries, that sheds even more light on the creative process, and staged press junkets and a great piece on how Michael Cera was basically "hated” by the entire cast and crew. This is a fantastic movie that comes correct on its first DVD release. Plus: commentary, the music of Superbad, auditions and table readings. (Sony)