Seth Rogen Doesn't Think Anyone Has Made a Good High School Movie Since 'Superbad'

People don't forget

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Feb 2, 2023

Nobody has gotten a hand job in cargo shorts since 'Nam — and, according to Seth Rogen, nobody has made a good high school movie since Superbad.

It's a rather bold claim, but the pot and pottery enthusiast is something of an expert in the comedic portrayal of that wonderful time in everyone's lives. The actor got his start in the halls of McKinley High on the beloved cult TV series Freaks and Geeks, and went on to co-write one of the most universally appreciated high school movies ever.

In a new interview with People, Rogen discussed the strong legacy of both of these early projects in his career and their influential depictions of those pimply formative years.

Referencing his The Fabelmans co-star, he pointed out the enduring love for Superbad, including from the new generation. "What's crazy is that Gabe LaBelle is like, 19 years old and his and his friends' favourite movie is Superbad. So it never changed for some reason," Rogen said of the film's staying power.

He added, "No one's made a good high school movie since then."

Sure, he's likely joking (as Rogen has occasionally been known to do) — and for the sake of Superbad co-star Jonah Hill's sister, Beanie Feldstein, and Booksmart, we would hope so, but the impact of the 2007 blockbuster is undeniable. As The A.V. Club's Mary Kate Carr put it, "horny dirtball teenage boys have probably not had representation of that calibre since Rogen's magnum opus."

While Hill is down to make Superbad 2 in about 40 years, what of a potential Freaks and Geeks reunion? "I don't think anyone would do it," Rogen told People. "It's so rare that you do something in your career that is actually just viewed as good. I know enough now not to fuck with that, to just let it be good and not try to go revisit it. And just let it exist."

But don't fret, there's a good chance the actor has something equally raunchy in the works. And it may or may not involve a massive penis-shaped slide.

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