‘Superbad' not nearly as extreme as name implies

Published: August 17, 2007

/> What saves "Superbad” from being a complete misfire is the energy of the actors and the hilarity of the best gags, though they can't completely overcome a running time of nearly two hours that allows the film to falter at times.

Foremost among the great performers is Cera, late of TV's "Arrested Development,” who proves himself as adept a deadpan comic find as he did on that sitcom.

The other revelation is newcomer Christopher Mintz-Plasse. As Fogell (alias McLovin), he takes the tired stereotype of the nerd supreme and makes it seem new again.

Co-screenwriter Rogen also appears as one half of a police team with Tulsa native Bill Hader. Their scenes really seem to belong to a different movie, but since they get the bulk of the scenes with Mintz-Plasse, they also provide many of the biggest laughs.

On the whole, "Superbad” is a mixed bag. If you like this type of humor, you will laugh a lot.

Unfortunately, the extreme length of the film and slow passages might also make you restless and leave you thinking it was merely OK.

— Scott Schuldt




Starring: Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Seth Rogen, Bill Hader, Christopher Mintz-Plasse.

(Pervasive crude and sexual content, strong language, drinking, some drug use and a fantasy/comic violent image -- all involving teens)

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