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R | | Comedy | 17 August 2007 (USA)
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Two co-dependent high school seniors are forced to deal with separation anxiety after their plan to stage a booze-soaked party goes awry.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonah Hill ... Seth
Michael Cera ... Evan
Christopher Mintz-Plasse ... Fogell
Bill Hader ... Officer Slater
Seth Rogen ... Officer Michaels
Martha MacIsaac ... Becca
Emma Stone ... Jules
Aviva Baumann ... Nicola (as Aviva)
Joe Lo Truglio ... Francis the Driver
Kevin Corrigan ... Mark
Clement Blake ... Homeless Guy (as Clement E. Blake)
Erica Vittina Phillips ... Liquor Store Cashier
Joe Nunez ... Liquor Store Clerk (as Joseph A. Nunez)
Dave Franco ... Greg the Soccer Player
Marcella Lentz-Pope ... Gaby
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Storyline

Seth and Evan are best friends, inseparable, navigating the last weeks of high school. Usually shunned by the popular kids, Seth and Evan luck into an invitation to a party, and spend a long day, with the help of their nerdy friend Fogell, trying to score enough alcohol to lubricate the party and inebriate two girls, Jules and Becca, so they can kick-start their sex lives and go off to college with a summer full of experience and new skills. Their quest is complicated by Fogell's falling in with two inept cops who both slow and assist the plan. If they do get the liquor to the party, what then? Is sex the only rite of passage at hand? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Come and Get Some

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive crude and sexual content, strong language, drinking, some drug use and a fantasy/comic violent image - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Separation Anxiety See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,052,411, 19 August 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$121,463,226, 21 October 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$169,871,719, 4 May 2008
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Runtime:

| (unrated)

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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The pivotal penis drawings were a point of contention with the MPAA, particularly the scene with young Becca holding an image of one of them. Producer Judd Apatow said it was the subject of much legal wrangling, including how erect they could be, if veins could be shown, et cetera. However, the actress playing young Becca, Laura Marano, had a different picture to hold before they cut to the actual drawing. You can even see from the reverse that the drawing she holds appears completely different. See more »

Goofs

When Seth arrives at Becca's party, the same verse of The Roots' "Here I Come" plays twice. See more »

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[first lines]
Evan: Yo.
Seth: Hey, man, I was doing some research for next year and I think I figured out which website I wanna subscribe to. The Vag-Tastic Voyage.
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Crazy Credits

Many minor characters are credited with "porn star names" of their actors -- name of first pet plus childhood street name (e.g., Tiger Greendragon). See more »

Alternate Versions

When released on home video, the film was made available in an unrated version that had approximately 6 minutes of extra footage (most of which is extensions to existing scenes.) See more »


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Capital S.A.
Written by Nathan Holmes, Daniel Taupe Maoate and Demetrius Christian Savelio
Performed by Alphrisk featuring Savage
Courtesy of Dawn Raid Entertainment
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Definitely the best Apatow-group film yet
19 April 2008 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

I enjoyed "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," but didn't feel it was entirely worthy of all the enormous acclaim it garnered. And for all the praise "Knocked Up" received, I thought it was fairly average. So I wasn't expecting much from "Superbad." However, I'd have to say it's the smartest and funniest Apatow film yet. I know he didn't direct it, but his influence is distinct. And in the past I've felt indifferent towards Apatow's brand of humour, but combined with Rogen's sensitivity towards the teen condition here, it works really well.

People have compared it to John Hughes' better teen comedies, but I don't think the approach is entirely similar. "Superbad" is cruder, ruder, a bit more focused on the sex & alcohol jokes. But it works really well because it captures that dynamic - better than "American Pie" because it invests more care into its characters. One of the strengths of "Pie" over other films in its genre (such as, say, "Slackers") has always been its characters, and "Superbad" similarly relies on its characters for support. Plus, it's just really funny.

The performances all around are pretty funny, even if the Fogell/McLovin pop culture references are ruining a good joke (kind of like "Yeah, baby!!" ruined Austin Powers when 20-year-old frat boys around the country thought it would be funny to shout the phrase every five seconds).

Jonah Hill and Michael Cera have great chemistry and another one of the strengths of this film is that its teenage characters actually do look their age (even though Hill is in his early 20s, he still passes as a senior). But it was Bill Hader and Seth Rogen who stole the show for me as the clueless cops.

Overall this is just a funny, well-made film with heart. It doesn't mock its characters or their predicaments but casts a knowing eye on the high school experience. It captures all this very well and was certainly, in my opinion, far superior to "Knocked Up."


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