- Director:Greg Mottola
- Cast:Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Seth Rogen
- The Disc:4.0
Based on the trailers, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Superbad was a raunchy...
Based on the trailers, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Superbad was a raunchy sex comedy with wall-to-wall breasts and dick jokes. The truth, however, is much more interesting. In the same way that American Pie had a lot of heart, Superbad has a lot of substance beyond its "teens who want to get laid" exterior. Imagine the slightly rueful melancholy of Stand By Me but in a modern setting where teens have access to porn, the net and alcohol by way of a hilarious fake ID. Now, don't get us wrong: Superbad has many laugh-out-loud sequences, but it's the reality of the scenes that really makes them sing. Superbad represents a new wave of American comedy (largely driven by writer/producer/director Judd Apatow) where it's funny because it's true. Films like Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin are adding a little bit of genuine emotion, and the result really works. Even more exciting for the Blu-ray crowd is a whole extra disc. It contains the usual making-of docos and commentaries, but also - for perhaps the first time ever - includes deleted or extended scenes that are actually worth watching. If "dirty words" get your dander up, this is not going to be your cup of tea. But for those who dig their comedies with a bit of extra goodness, Superbad is a must-have.