I like to laugh, though I find that I laugh increasingly less at films and television today. Perhaps it’s a problem with me, but I would posit that I laugh more at podcasts -- the likes of The Adam Carolla Show -- and individual television shows -- the likes of Seinfeld
-- than I do at our contemporary visual media. I missed Superbad when it was first released, but I was surprised to find myself laughing throughout the film. Surprised, and somewhat disgusted. Superbad is definitely a callback to a younger time when we were all incredibly stupid. To be honest, I feel like you have to be, or should be, of the age that the characters are in order to like Superbad. It can really only be funny for people in that stage of life. Those who have moved on probably will not be as attracted to this film, though, to be sure, it still has its funny moments that do appeal. Those are essentially borne from the stupidity of the main characters, usually from the amazingly pale and amazingly dorky McLuvin, played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse
. Michael Cera
awkwardness is located within in droves. Each will make of that what they will.
Yes, I found this film funny, though it can only be watched once and not more than once (I’ll test this in a year and see if my expectations are correct), and I would never actively talk about this film with anyone because there is that stupid factor. I’m not a snob, but this film is funny only because the characters are imbeciles, not because the film is intelligent. Seinfeld is a nice example of smart people being funny, though I appreciate that slapstick is not for anyone. Superbad, for better or for worse, is the opposite.