Superbad

Petey and I went to Superbad last night, before it left Fort Bragg forever. We weren’t really that attached to seeing it on the big screen, but I was restless and wanted to get out of the house, and Baxt was otherwise occupied, so we decided to go and see a trashy movie.

We both ended up rather liking it. It was fun, and silly, and reminded me simultaneously of being in high school and of a fictional high school existence which never really happened. Yes, it is another teenybopper movie, but it has the potential to become a sort of high school classic, like Can’t Hardly Wait, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. I’m curious to see if it will have the staying power past our generation to become an official classic, or if it’s going to fade from the radar in a few years, too badly dated to be entertaining.

For those of you not at all familiar with the movie, the basic concept is that it’s about two friends, about to graduate high school. The movie unfolds over a 24 hour period, and all sorts of madcap adventures take place while the two try to obtain alcohol for a party. There’s a strong hipster sense of the ’70s in the film, from the opening titles to some of the songs and outfits. But I dig it, they didn’t lay it on too heavy.

You’ve got the basic assortment of stupid teen movie characters including the nerd, the bombastic virgin who spouts off about sex, the extreme dork, and the requisite hot high school girls with a surprising intelligent side. Oh, there are also two awesome police officers, who totally steal the show in my opinion. And remind me of Supertroopers, another magnificent piece of modern cinema. No terribly surprisingly plot twists, of course, but there are some excellent and truly funny scenes. The lead actors also work well together, making their friendship seem very believable.

For those of you sensitive to that sort of thing, the film has enough f-bombs to remind me of a fucking David Mamet play. I don’t think anyone seriously fucking cusses that fucking much in real life. But maybe I’m wrong. Fuck. For those of you who don’t mind a little dialogue with their f-bombs, you might want to go check it out. It is getting an 87% on Rotten Tomatoes, so it can’t be all bad, right?

I also really enjoy the artwork which accompanies the film. I really think they should be selling prints, because I would totally buy a complete set.