When I interviewed Christopher Mintz-Plasse for SuperBad, I asked him how he felt about the possibility of being referred to as McLovin for the rest of his life. At the time, Mintz-Plasse said he was enjoying his newfound fame, but as expected, hard times have come and Kristen Bell has recorded this public service announcement to help raise money for “The McLovin Fund”.
Why does Hollywood still make spoof movies? And why are people still stupid enough to go see them? Moviehole reports that Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the guys behind Meet the Spartans and Epic Movie, are now in pre-production on a SuperBad spoof called Goodie Two Shoes. Yes folks, you read correctly, a SuperBad spoof. My first thoughts were: Why? What’s the point? and Please, Why don’t you guys stop making movies and get a job in construction? But maybe not in that order.
Goodie Two Shoes will film in Louisiana from April 28 through June 6. The story follows a “group of friends who go on a life-changing adventure” but like most recent spoof films, the “comedy” won’t be limited to teen sex comedies. The casting call sheet reveals plans to spoof the upcoming Will Smith Superhero comedy Hancock, Sex and the City the movie, and Mike Myers’ The Love Guru. The duo is also on the look out for other look-alikes to play Jessica Simpson, Justin Timberlake, Prince, Flava Flav, Dr Phil, Angelina Jolie, Paris Hilton, and Michael Jackson. Remember back in the day when a spoof movie just stuck to the genre/topic it was spoofing? Someone needs to explain to the spoof genre that it is not, and will never be Saturday Night Live. Better yet, someone needs to take the Spoof film out back and shoot it in the head.
The raunchy “nerdfest” SUPERBAD (Sony) has coasted to an easy weekend win, becoming only the 3rd summer movie to win back-to-back weekends (joining SPIDEY 3 and PIRATES 3). Produced by Judd Apatow and written by Knocked Up star Seth Rogen, this teen comedy, budgeted at just $18M, stormed to another $6.52M on Saturday, and its second weekend will hit $18.07M for a new cume of $68.6M.
That makes SUPERBAD the 3rd best grossing 2007 comedy after 10 days of release, trailing only WILD HOGS and I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK & LARRY, and that puts it ahead of the Apatow-directed early summer sensation KNOCKED UP.
TOP GROSSING COMEDIES OF 2007 – after 10 days of release – 1. Wild Hogs (Buena Vista) – $77M 2. I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (Universal) – $71.6M 3. Superbad (Sony) – $68.6M (estimate) 4. Blades of Glory (Dreamworks/Paramount) – $67.9M 5. Knocked Up (Universal) – $65.8M
Breaking News: Judd Apatow didn’t direct SuperBad. That’s right, he was only the producer. I feel like everyone including the studio were trying to keep this fact secret. And it makes sense, Judd Apatow is now the new hot name brand in comedy movies (does anyone remember this is the same guy who once produced and wrote Heavy Weights and Celtic Pride? IMDb never forgets!). Greg Mottola is actually the guy who made the film (he also made The Daytrippers in 1996 and the failed Apatow Fox series Undeclared). So now that he’s made a successful film, everyone wants to know – what is he doing next? (Okay, everyone doesn’t want to know, because most people still think he’s Judd Apatow, but we’re trying to correct that people!)
JoBlo has the exclusive news that Mottola has signed on to direct Adventureland, a period comedy film set in the 1980’s which follows a college graduate who was prepared to spend his summer in Europe before starting Grad School. But when his father is laid off, he is now stuck at his home in Long Island, NY. He is forced to bet a job at a local amusement park called Adventureland “where comedy abounds and he falls in love.”
When I was a kid, we had an amusement park very close to my home (it’s now actually a Six Flags). So every year I would visit the park more than a few times (especially as I became older in age). I always thought that working at an amusement park must lead to some interesting stories. Sure, it’s probably a crappy minimum wage job, but those are usually the jobs that result in the best tales (I know I have quite a few from my adventures working at a convenience store).Â And I can only imagine the type of fun that could have ensued in a huge theme park with tons of other teenage workers.
The film is apparently based on Mottola’s own experiences at Long Island’s actual Adventureland. Filming is set to begin this October in Pittsburgh. I’m now very interested. I wonder if Disney will contest the title?
SuperBad had a super weekend at the box office. But people didn’t show up to buy tickets, they laughed and loved it. Here is a look at the critical and moviegoer response coming out of opening weekend:
Almost 7,000 users on the Internet Movie Database rated the movie an 8.8 out of 10, which puts the film on the Top 250 Movies of All Time list at #78.
Critics rated the movie as one of the best Hollywood produced films of the year on RottenTomatoes with an 86% Fresh and over 122 Reviews. Only six other Hollywood movies this year have earned a greater critical response (Hairspray, The Bourne Ultimatum, Ratatouille, Knocked Up, The Simpsons Movie, Zodiac).
I’ve seen SuperBad twice now and I still have not heard all of the jokes. Because SuperBad is one of those movies that you need to see in a packed movie theater. But that also means that you’ll miss some of the jokes. Not because people are talking or texting, that wasn’t going on when I saw the film. But because people were laughing so hard that you would miss the quick follow-up joke comebacks. I left the second screening earlier this week, with my stomach and throat in disrepair from laughing so much and so hard. How often can you claim to be physically ill from having so much fun?
SuperBad is the best teen comedy since American Pie. Not only that, but it’s one of the best comedy films of the last twenty years. One thing I have noticed is the best of the best comedy films stand up to multiple viewings. And as I said, I laughed just as much, if not more, seeing the film the second time around.
SuperBad is a more adolescent film than Apatow’s Knocked Up. And I’m clearly in the target age range of the latter, but have always related more to youthful comic moments. After seeing SuperBad for the first time I decided that Knocked Up was a better film, but I quickly changed my mind on second viewing. The best part about this film is that it has so many stories going on that each could function on their own.
Judd Apatow is among the hottest talents in Hollywood right now. Apatow really hit his stride producing, writing and directing August 2005’s The 40-Year-Old-Virgin ($21.4M opening – $109.4M cume), producing last August’s Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby ($47M opening – $148.2M cume) and producing, writing and directing June’s Knocked Up ($30.6M opening – $148.8M cume to-date). Now, he’s produced Superbad (Sony), which is written by his Knocked Up star Seth Rogan. Read More »