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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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Greg Mottola
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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)

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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 Fogell (McLovin) is shooting at the burning police car near the end of the movie, he fires the gun 10 times. The gun used is a Smith & Wesson 4506, which uses a 8 round box magazine; with the magazine and one bullet in the chamber, he would only have 9 shots. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

References CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

My Favorite Mutiny
Written by Tariq Trotter (as Tarik Collins), Talib Kweli and Boots Riley
Performed by The Coup
Courtesy of Epitaph
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One of the best comedies of the year
3 November 2007 | by vovazhdSee all my reviews

Superbad may look like a typical high-school movie on the cover, but its actually much more. It follows a trio of high-school seniors that decide to have one last party before leaving for college (and one last shot at grabbing a girl). The trio consists of Seth, Evan, and Fogell. They make a likable main cast that is very easy to compare to. Their acting style is ideal for this type of film. Joining them are several other intriguing characters. My favorite were the two police officers, Slater and Michaels. Pretty much every scene with them made me laugh; from their references to other movies to the spoofs on being an officer, its classic slapstick comedy.

The plot is definitely a strong point, unlike many comedies today. Most of the movie follows two distinct plot lines that join up at the end. Inter-weaved in the plot are countless jokes that kept me laughing almost the whole time. The plot itself involves booze, partying, and law enforcement, and somehow works these in to make a very absorbing story. Also, the particularly close friendship between Seth and Evan is an element that surpasses the comedy genre. The plot as a whole has plenty of unrealistic details, but manages to successfully meld comedy with some deeper meaning.

The comedy aspects are some of the best ever. Some of the jokes were a little disgusting (mainly the part about Seth's childhood), but I gotta admit they were hilarious. The beer aspects were pretty cool, and the sexual jokes did their thing. The law enforcement spoofs and McLovin gags were probably my favorite.

The movie as a whole is among the better comedies ever. I liked it more than Knocked Up (7/10). It still suffers from some of the weaknesses inherent in the comedy genre, but has a lot more value than most movies nowadays. Highly recommended for people in high school or college, and also recommended (albeit to a lesser degree) for everyone else.


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