Film Club – 18 November 2008: Superbad

James Bond has a lot to answer for.  Last month, he inspired our screening of Layer Cake, but way before that, back when I was a wee lad, he had me convinced that the only way a girl would ever find me attractive was if I saved her from mortal peril.  Quite honestly, I thought I was never going to get a girlfriend, because Newport Pagnell has to be one of the safest places on earth.

The heroes of my next pick know the pain.  Superbad follows Seth and Evan, American kids with the same hang-ups as teenage boys the world over.  The film follows their attempts to impress the girls by procuring alcohol for a party, and the ensuing chaos involving fake ID, deranged policemen and, um, menstrual blood. Now, at this point you may be thinking that the film sounds like some horrendous sub-Porky’s mess, but you’d be wrong.  The film has a surprisingly good heart, and perhaps the key lies with the writers, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.

These guys started writing the film when they were 13, and somehow the authenticity of its origins shows through; to some extent in the plot, which is adolescent wish-fulfilment (in common with plenty of Hollywood’s output), but mainly in the interaction between the two central characters.  I should state at this point that the language is obscene – and frequently wickedly funny.  It takes real effort to cram so much swearing into such a short timeframe, although at only 1.6 FPM it is an improvement on Layer Cake.

Despite the language, it is a warm movie, dealing with the fear and excitement of growing up, and the resulting change in their relationships.  Equal parts gross-out comedy and coming-of-age drama, it even manages to meditate honestly on the value of platonic friendship.  If you you concentrate on the way these kids behave, rather than the way they talk, you’ll leave the film with real affection for them.

We’re getting things started at 6pm on Tuesday 18th November; if you want to come, just let me know.

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008 Film Club

3 Comments to Film Club – 18 November 2008: Superbad

  1. I’ll put it on the list 🙂

    If you can’t make Superbad, in December we’re watching Die Hard (surely the perfect Christmas movie!)

  2. Iain on October 31st, 2008
  3. Superbad lived up to it’s title! A very funny, gross, yet strangely heart warming story about friendship, growing up and coming to terms with responsibility for some outlandish actions.

    As Iain mentioned in his review, the biggest plus points of the film integrity and honesty. Seth and Evan are real, flawed, mixed up teenage guys. There’s no getting away from the angst associated with growing up, girls and trying to maintain both a close friendship and individual identity.

  4. AJ on November 19th, 2008
  5. […] month we watched Superbad, which the writers first began writing in the early 90s, when they were just 13.

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