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Stereotypes, but believable

Movie review: "Superbad"

Movie review: "Superbad"

August 21, 2007|By FEDORA COPLEY

Coming into the movie theater, I knew "Superbad" would be funny. I didn't know much about the plot, though. It turns out that's really the movie in a nutshell - tons of hilarity, not much plot.

Mainly, it's the characters that hold the movie together and make it as funny as it is. Evan (Michael Cera) and Seth (Jonah Hill) are dorky seniors looking to get lucky. The movie follows one night of their lives, during which they go through a series of bizarre and intriguing events.

It sounds weak from the description, but the movie is full of emotion, good acting and character development. The acting is believable and shows the friends' devotion to each other - and how friends' goals and feelings sometimes conflict.

Part of the movie is about examining stereotypes. Two policemen enter the plot early on. These are bad-guy cops, looking for a good time. They exploit their authority - after all, they carry guns and have the law behind them - but "Superbad" gives them more depth. They seem down-to-earth, realistic and also really funny.

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"Superbad" has everything a stereotypical teen movie has - parties, drinking, sex and bad-boy policemen. What stuck out for me was the genuineness of the characters and their emotional development as people. They are stereotypes who become, during the course of the movie, real people.

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