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“The script comes from Seth Rogen, who appears in the film as Officer Michaels and previously played the lead in Knocked Up, and his childhood friend Evan Goldberg. They claim that they sketched out the script at age 13, and juvenile abandon permeates throughout. But there’s a mature subtlety and depth of insight that’s notable particularly when considered next to films like the aforementioned Talladega Nights or the two entries from Apatow. Where those films embody convention even as they purport to shatter stereotypes, Superbad exhibits a surprisingly nuanced sensibility. Myriad so-called irreverent comedies, even when they’re funny, languish in exploitation, misogyny, and pat conventionality. But Superbad eschews these hallmarks, instead joyously emphasizing male friendship, respect for women, and open dialogue between opposing demographics. Even the more peripheral characters defy expectation—the female characters, for example, avoid the genre’s typical bimbo vs. high maintenance harpy dialectic, and just when the dim-witted officers seem beyond hope, they prove their decency, if not their competence.”

Click here to read the entirety of Emily Condon’s review of Greg Mottola’s Superbad.

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