‘Superbad’ is all about my high school friends. I’m sure of it.
In fact, when I first saw the ads I thought it was set in the early 80s. The characters, the music, even the clothes are all achingly familiar. It’s as if Seth Rogen has created some sort of timeless, extra-raunchy hybrid of ‘Meatballs’ and ‘Porky’s’, only with cell phones.
It’s nice to see that high school boys haven’t evolved that much.
The most extraordinary thing about ‘Superbad’ may be the performance of Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Fogell (a.k.a. ‘McLovin’), the nerdy friend with the fake I.D. Remarkably, the 18 year-old high-school student had no previous film experience and was discovered through an open casting call. He steals every scene he’s in, possibly because he brings a certain strutting confidence to Fogell that sets him apart from the stereotypical nerd. Expect to start seeing T-shirts that proudly proclaim, "I am McLovin!"
Four out of five stars.
(Murray agrees. Mostly.)