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.
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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 »
Entertainment Weekly did an indepth roundtable interview with SuperBad stars Jonah Hill and Michael Cera, screenwriter Seth Rogen, and producer Judd Apatow. The most interesting part of the conversation has to do with the media’s inability to admit that stars of Judd Apatow’s comedies aren’t really unconventional. Check it out below. [via: HE]
“I’m noticing when you do a lot of interviews, often the reporters go in with something they want you to say and they’ll keep asking questions until you say it. And the two things that people seem to want us to say more than anything is that audience’s tastes have changed and that we are all unconventional guys to be in comedies — both of which I very strongly disagree with,” says screenwriter Seth Rogen.
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On Monday July 30th I rushed back to San Francisco, exhausted from Comic-Con, to the Four Seasons Hotel to sit down with SuperBad stars Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. The trio come off as a down to earth group of friends with impeccable timing and comic awareness. I was able to catch SuperBad while at Comic-Con, and I’ll say this: it’s the best teen comedy since American Pie. And like Judd Apatow’s other movies (he produced SuperBad), the dialogue and banter between the cast seems so real and un-movie-like. And some of that was part of the great script, and some of that was thanks to a bit of on-set Improv.
“[Improv] never changed the intention of the scene. The script was very well written,” SuperBad star Jonah Hill told /Film. “James L Brooks movies always had these really good conversations that he was putting into his movies. I hate when dialogue feels like it’s super-written. You can almost see the actors thinking about what they have to say.”
Hill is currently writing three movie projects.
“Two for two different studios with Judd Apatow producing. I’m going to star in both of them. And the third one I’m writing with two of my friends. The one for Universal is called The Middle Child. The one for Sony is still untitled and I’m still in the preliminary. But Middle Child I’m on my third draft of, so we’re hoping to find a director and start shooting soon.”
Hill started his writing career on SuperBad, and helpted out on The Pineapple Express, which is also written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
“Judd hires people that he knows are good writers. He’s pushed me to write my movies.”
And as for the Green Hornet Movie that Seth Rogen is signed to script, Hill says “I imagine I’ll help out on it. They all live within three blocks of each other. So I imagine I’ll be there when it’s being written.”
And as for a SuperBad sequel, Hill responds “We talked about it. But also like the movie hasn’t come out yet. No one could go see it, and the talk would instantly go away of there being a sequel.”
But it seems like even Jonah seems not to believe his self deprecating hypothetical. I have a feeling this movie will make lots of money. But money isn’t a good enough reason to make a sequel.
“My favorite movie is Rushmore and I’d never want a sequel to that,” says Michael Cera. “It’s so perfect, the story is completed.”
You can listen to the roundtable interview below. After the jump we have provided a listing of time-coded chapter stops.
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Our interview with the stars of SuperBad will go live tomorrow, but while you’re waiting I highly recommend checking out this YouTube video interview with the SuperBad crew. YouTube interview? Boring, right? Nope. Not when it’s being conducted by Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright. Edgar asks some great questions like “How does it feel now that your [career has] peaked?” and “Do you think it’s important to be unattractive to be funny” and “What will you do when your careers are over in a couple months.” Funny stuff. Check it out after the jump.
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I can’t stress this enough: SuperBad is the best teen comedy since American Pie. It’s a must see, no questions asked. A new R-Rated clip recently “leaked” onto YouTube. It features a segment of the film where Jonah Hill tells the story of his childhood phallic drawing problem. I wonder what the MPAA must think about a clip like this being on YouTube. It’s been up for five days now, so Sony and the MPAA obviously don’t care.
Check it out after the jump, and see SuperBad when it hits theaters on August 17th.
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Judd Apatow is on a roll. 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and SuperBad (which I had a chance to see during Comic-Con. It’s possibly the best teen comedy since American Pie.) And Apartow isn’t wasting any time. He’s striking while the iron is hot and cranking out so many movies, a backlash is bound to happen sooner or later. I mean, he can’t make all hits, can he?
Also at Comic-Con I was able to see the trailers for two new Apatow produced projects. Walk Hard, a music comedy starring John C. Reilly, and Drillbit Taylor, an Owen Wilson comedy about two kids hire a low-budget bodyguard to protect them from the playground bully. Apatow wrote the Walk The Line spoof, Seth Rogen wrote Drillbit. And I must sadly report that I was disappointed by both of the trailers.
Director Steven Brill who played Seth Rogen’s boss in Knocked Up hasn’t been hired in Hollywood since the horrendous 2004 “comedy” Without a Paddle. He was also the “genius” behind Little Nicky, so I guess that’s the level of film we should expect from Drillbit Taylor.
I’ve been a fan of all these guys since the beginning (Judd with Cable Guy/Ben Stiller Show, Rogen with Freaks and Geeks, Wilson with Bottle Rocket, and Reilly since Hard Eight). So I really want to like these flicks, but the trailers alone weren’t enough to sell me. The Walk Hard trailer will be attached to SuperBad which hits theaters in a couple weeks, but you can watch the Drillbit Taylor trailer now after the jump.
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It seems likely that Judd Apatow is the second coming of [insert name of insanely funny legendary comic genius here]. His next film (as a producer, at least) is SuperBad, which hits theaters on August 17th. The film is already getting exceptional buzz.
Jeff Wells says it’s “the funniest, most cleverly written youth comedy in I-don’t-know- how-many-years. It’s going to be a huge money machine”. That’s not all, he also writes that “it’s a better teen-sex film — funnier, wilder, more truthful even– than The 40 Year-Old Virgin or Knocked Up are in their respective realms.” Wow, sounds like he drank the kool aid. (Mmm kool aid)
Good news is that if you live near Anaheim, Atlanta or Washington, CA, you can catch this film a month early on July 17th (that’s next week!). Just befriend the Black Curtain Screening profile on MySpace. You know the deal, print out your profile proof, get there extra early, and be over 17 years old. Details at this link.
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