TBT: Superbad (2007)

Time to break out your favorite JanSport backpack, No.2 pencils and loose leaf notebook paper boys and girls, because it’s once again time to go back to hell school in this second edition of Throwback to School September. (Catchy phrase, right?) Fortunately in this world, all you’ll really need is a backpack to throw in some illegally purchased bottles of liquor as you seek high school celebrity status in 

Today’s food for thought: Superbad.

Becoming McLovin’ since: August 17, 2007

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Instead of offering my thoughts on this raucous comedy from the dirty minds of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, I figured I’d once again do something a little different with this TBT and list the ten things I was reminded of about high school having watched this movie. I will just say that one thing that works in this film’s favor, aside from the ideal casting of Jonah Hill, Michael Cera and Christopher Mintz-Plasse — all three physically embodying high school seniors while simultaneously fully embracing their juvenile mentality — is a script that tells it like it is. After all, Superbad was never a film you wanted to watch with the parents, it’s too awkward. Just like high school.

TEN THINGS ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL SUPERBAD REMINDED ME OF

#1) Hormones dictate every decision (and purchase) you make.

#2) We gave teachers way too much shit. They’re too underpaid to be this under-appreciated, even if half of what they taught us we never ended up using.

#3) Some cliché about how generally useless P.E. classes were. Why couldn’t high school have recess, like the good old elementary school days? And why did we have to wear those tatty shirts that were cribbed from a Wal-Mart dumpster?

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#4) Of all the rites of passages, getting your driver’s license was one of the greatest because it meant you could go and hang out with your friends whenever you wanted. Only drawback? Being 16 and having a curfew.

#5) Going to a party where you didn’t really know anyone and where everyone was older than you was the most uncomfortable thing ever. Especially when you found out that some of them were coked out of their minds.

#6) Teenage crushes. Awwwwwwww

#7) Every year there seemed to be at least one major fight. We’d always gather in the parking lot of The Fresh Market to see who would win. Most of the time all they amounted to was a bunch of shouting and insults regarding a certain female parental unit. But every once in awhile we were treated to a spectacular showdown.

#8) Peer pressure could be a bitch.

#9) Adults seemed lame at the time. (Spoiler alert: they still are.)

#10) Senior year is a bittersweet time. Friendships are fleeting, and who knows where everyone ends up in college. The trick is to make the most of what time you have left together.


Recommendation: One of the definitive movies about the high school experience, Superbad is a must-watch, especially if you’re facing your ten year high school reunion. Endowed with an incredible script that’s essentially a pervert’s stream of consciousness, and armed with superb performances from its entire cast Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg struck comedic gold with their story that’s loosely based on their own experiences. Pretty much a modern classic. 

Rated: R

Running Time: 113 mins.

TBTrivia: When this was being filmed, Christopher Mintz-Plasse was 17 years old and so his mother had to be present on set during his sex scene. I guess for some, the awkwardness from high school never goes away.

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16 thoughts on “TBT: Superbad (2007)

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    • Hahah, as she ought to! This is an instant classic!!! I had to do something different here, pretty much everything I wanted to say about it has already been said (and a lot better by other hundreds of others hehe). Let me know if and when you get to it. 😀

    • No kidding right? I don’t think anyone expected this to become as big as it has. It’s a ridiculously telling movie though man, steeply ingrained in reality and manages to balance such crass humor with sentimentality in a way that 40 yr old virgin did. I kind of like that Greg Mottola guy, this and Adventureland are pretty damn great. (I like that film mostly b/c Kristen Stewart isn’t a complete twat and that scores big for me!)

  3. Really enjoyed Superbad, and it may be the only teen comedy that made me laugh throughout since American Pie. Maybe I’m forgetting some though?! Anyway, enjoyed this trip down memory lane (although I didn’t go to a US high school the sentiments can still be applied to schools over on this side of he pond).

    • Cheers! Superbad just strikes a perfect balance of raunchy humor and sentimentality. it helps a ton that Hill, Cera and Mintz-Plasse, not to mention Stone and a few others, were really on their game here. I felt I needed to do something a bit different with this post as Superbad really brings back some memories. And the best part of all is, it’s reminiscent of a global experience, not just how teens got through the American education system (which is kind of in shambles). A totally great high school, coming-of-age movie.

  4. I feel like you skipped #3… Anyway great list, Tom! This is one of my favorite high school comedies. You said it right, the casting was perfect.

    • Wow, I so totally did. Thanks for catching that Drew. I’ll go back and edit really quick because I’m obsessive like that lol.

      Yeah, this is a great movie isn’t it? Really understands what it was like to be in high school.

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