There’s a handful of movies that summed up high school perfectly. While we all love The Breakfast Club and other John Hughes movies yes it covers the angst but none of the characters talk and act like a high schooler. I know for me American Pie was the first film I saw that made me go, this is how teenagers talk. Sadly immediately after that the films would collapse back into the same formulaic and none relatable films as before. Then came Superbad.
Superbad was written by high school students (although not made until they were in their mid-20s). The film summed up my boring single high school experiences. Evan and Seth have crushes but never make a move, they spend most of their time in the basement watching movies (porn) and trying to feel more grown up and mature than their classmates.
That was me in high school to a T. I was a nerdy that had no care towards my classmates and spent time with my self-proclaimed nerd-herd. The only difference is that my group of friends (a) never got invited to parties and (b) drink.
Superbad was written by high school friends Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. When Rogen started working Judd Apatow on TV shows like Freaks & Geeks and Undeclared. They have been working on the project since 2001 but didn’t come out until 2007. The film is inspired by Evan and Seth’s real life high school experiences (hence the character’s names).
The two outcasts (and their friend McLovin) are invited to a party under the guise that they can provide the beer. Using McLovin’s fake ID they attempt to buy alcohol until an armed robbery messes everything up. It expands into an adventure between the two friends trying to find booze as well as dealing with their own issues.
The film is simple story that leads to a smart and funny teen film. It’s a must-see for any high schooler or kids who had less than fantastic high school experiences.
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