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‘Superbad' not nearly as extreme as name implies

Published: August 17, 2007

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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