I love comedy, but there’s a flavor of popular comedy of the last 20 years that I don’t necessarily vibe with. Will Ferrell’s movies? Some of them I really dig, like Anchorman or The Other Guys. On the other hand, I am just not a fan of Judd Apatow or his movies. A couple of them are OK, and he has produced movies I have enjoyed. Still, his particular strain of raunchy comedies just don’t work for me a lot of the time. It’s not that I’m against R-rated comedy. There’s just something specific about what he’s into. I remember when Superbad was coming out, and all the talk about how Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg had originally written the script when they were teenagers. How wild that a film they wrote then could be turned into a successful movie. Well, I finally watched Superbad for the first time. I can definitely see the influence of it being written by two teens. I also have no idea how it was successful. Superbad absolutely sucks.
Superbad seemingly only exists to see how many dirty jokes and raunchy bits they can shove into each frame of a film. They do that without regard to storytelling, nuance, or cleverness. Superbad is the seventh grader who swears when the teacher leaves the room to get a laugh. It’s a rough script. Not only is it not funny, it’s overwhelming. If I’m feeling like a movie is a little too raunchy and gross, that’s saying something. However, it’s also so lazy. Rogen and Goldberg seem so self-satisfied with how “naughty” they are being. It’s sweaty in that way, and I have no patience for that. These are grown men that think swearing is in and of itself a joke. That’s true when you are 12. It shouldn’t be when you are an adult.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t finish the movie. I couldn’t. I’m not sure I made it a half hour in. It just sucked that bad. I gave it more time than I would have given it without its reputation. Plus, I like Michael Cera and Jonah Hill as actors. Greg Mottola directed Adventureland, a movie I really like. The failure of Superbad falls entirely on the script of Rogen and Goldberg. Also, at the feet of producer Apatow. This has his fingerprints all over it. Maybe I should have known and not bothered. What a trash film. What an utter failure. Maybe we shouldn’t let teenagers write movies anymore.