Superbad

  • Review Date: December 3, 2007
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2007

Common Sense Media says

Super bawdy, super profane -- and super funny.
  • Review Date: December 3, 2007
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2007

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The underlying message could seem to be that scoring alcohol for a party will grant even the nerdiest kid "cool" status for a night. But by the end of the film, it's clear that the film's real point is that true best friends love each other unconditionally, not selfishly.

Violence

McLovin gets pistol-whipped in the head by a robber; a fight breaks out at a party, where a few of the men suffer bloody wounds; a hobo kicks, punches, and pounds on various people at a bar; Seth accidentally punches Jules in the eye. In a daydream, Seth envisions a security guard slashing his throat. A woman's menstrual blood ends up on Seth's pants, causing a fight.

Sex

Sex (and various sex acts), virginity, and pornography are discussed in graphic detail throughout the entire movie. The near-constant conversation about oral sex and genitalia is finally matched by two short scenes of drunk, semi-clothed teenagers about to have sex -- although neither couple finalizes the act. There's also a scene that displays many drawings of penises, supposedly done by an 8-year-old.

Language

The dialogue is filled with nearly ubiquitous curse words, primarily the "F-bomb" and its derivatives. There are probably two short conversations in the entire film that don't feature constant swearing; otherwise, they're the most commonly used words -- including "s--t," "dick," "p---y," "ass," "tits," "bitch," etc.

Consumerism

Old Milwaukee beer, plus other liquor brands that sound familiar but aren't real, probably because real alcohol companies didn't give permission to be used in a movie about underage drinking.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The plot revolves around buying alcohol for a high school party, so there's obviously a great deal of underage drinking. Teens also smoke cigarettes and are present at a party where adults are smoking marijuana and snorting cocaine. The main drug, of course, is alcohol -- from vodka to beer.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this high school comedy has been marketed squarely at teens (the wide online circulation of an R-rated "red band" trailer helped a lot). Heralded as an instant-classic teen comedy on the level of Dazed and Confused or Fast Times at Ridgemont High, it seems destined to be a hit. But parents should know that, like many real teenagers, the characters are obsessed with losing their virginity and talking about sex. Sex and, to a lesser extent, booze fuel every conversation, with very graphic dialogue about genitalia, sex acts, and pornography. "F--k" (and many derivations thereof) is used almost nonstop, and there's also a lot of underage drinking and a scene of adults smoking marijuana and snorting cocaine. American Pie seems PG-rated by comparison.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Judd Apatow's raunchy teen romp SUPERBAD centers around Seth (Jonah Hill), a potty-mouthed porn aficionado who, more than anything, wants to lose his virginity before college orientation. His BFF is Evan (Michael Cera), a mild-mannered, Dartmouth-bound guy who's equally interested in sex but not as brash about it. Thanks to a surprise pairing with his dream girl, Jules (Emma Stone), during Home Ec class, Seth gets invited to a hot graduation party. Filled with giddiness at the prospect of scoring with really drunk girls, Seth offers to buy all of the party's alcohol. He's counting on help from his and Evan's even nerdier friend, Fogell (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), who's just scored a fake ID with the singular name "McLovin." After the promise has been made, the film turns into an Odyssean quest for the booze and splits into two storylines -- Seth and Evan's alcohol-acquisition misadventures and McLovin's unexpected ride with two incredibly inept police officers (Rogen and Bill Hader). Ultimately, Superbad is about two inseparable best friends who are hopelessly lost without each other, even though they claim otherwise. Even if they don't get any -- they still have each other. And it's likely that in years to come, they'll have the constant adoration of teens everywhere to keep their hope for good sex and good friendship alive.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Superbad is exactly what you'd expect from a Judd Apatow acolyte like Knocked Up star Seth Rogen and his childhood pal Evan Goldberg. It's raunchy, ridiculously quotable, and a frighteningly realistic view of what 18-year-old high-school graduates are obsessed with -- sex, booze, and best friends. While the bad cops are funny, albeit unbelievable, the film's at its best when it focuses on Seth and Evan.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what teens think of sex, how many of their friends they think are having sex, and what parents think of teens having sex. Do teens consider it a stigma to graduate from high school a virgin? This is a good opportunity for parents to answer teens' questions about sex, drinking, and the safe, responsible way to handle both. Parents may also want to put an over-the-top comedy like this in perspective. The movie's antics come at you fast and furiously, making some of the laughs mostly about the shock value. For example, do you think real cops would ever act like the two in the movie? What other movies and TV shows have a similar comedy style? Do you think there's danger here if a viewer doesn't understand the comedy on that level?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 16, 2007
DVD release date:December 4, 2007
Cast:Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Seth Rogen
Director:Greg Mottola
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Genre:Comedy
Run time:104 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:pervasive crude and sexual content, strong language, drinking, some drug use and a fantasy/comic violent image -- all involving teens.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byEntropy April 9, 2010
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15
QUALITY
 

Hilarious!

This film is sick, twisted, and freaking hilarious. However, it should only be seen by its intended audience. Older teens and adults. It has a lot of very raunchy material, the main characters are OBSESSED with trying to lose their virginity, and will go to almost any length to do so. Naturally, there is quite a bit of sexual content in this one. Including but not limited to: non-stop conversation about pornography, sex, genitalia, and other such acts. Also, implied sex between young teenagers. At one point in the film, a girl has her period, leaking vaginal blood all over a main characters leg while dancing. This also triggers a rather violent brawl between the main character and the girls boyfriend. Also, much reference to oral sex as well. As for violence, this one actually has quite a bit. Although mostly used in a comical sense, it still is pretty graphic. Including, several violent beatdowns, brawling in bars, a character is whacked in the head with a pistol, and a character has a horrible fantasy in which his throat is slashed (blood visible, and spurting graphically from wound) etc... etc...
In addition to all the above. This film has almost non-stop usage of curse words. Nearly every derivative of the F-word is used, but also included are "s**t," "d**k," "c**t" "b**ch" "c**k" etc... etc...

Needless to say. Although the This film is not meant for younger viewers.
Thus, I recommend it for ages 15 and up.

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byInvader_Zib March 25, 2009
AGE
17
QUALITY
 

PROVES MY POINT!!!! HUMAN BOYS ARE DOGS!!!

MUST I SAY ANYMORE?!?!!?!?

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written bymommygirl987654321 February 12, 2010
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14
QUALITY
 

Hillarious for the elder kids

I let my 14 and 16 year olds watch it with me and they loved it! Somehow the message was good wrapped inside a thick, boosy, sexy, f--ky, McLoven exterior.

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages

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