I love these teen/university comedies but usually when they aren't so forced. I know Superbad is a huge hit but it seems more for people who actually think SNL is funny (sorry, one sketch out of ten = unfunny show).
Loved the action scenes and howled at the various escape/chase scenes. The dialogue is a total letdown. Nothing wrong with honest crude and rude dialogue but did any of this ring true? I felt the riffs went on far too long to be believable.
The "McLovin" joke is a one trick pony. The dumb cops was comedy for dummies with zero plausibility. And why do so many American comedies always have to rely on gunplay for humor? Lighting the cop car on fire, too? Seriously, that was the best you could come up with?
The latter ten minutes actually finally felt like the guy had a heart and the kids talked like real teenagers would.
Sorry, but all the cash aside that Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen (as inexplicable and unfunny a star as Adam Sandler) are awash in now is not going to make this genre they have conceived any more funny. Maybe I'm wrong but ten years from now, my guess is people will be wondering exactly what drugs we were on to think this stuff was comedic gold.
If you want proof, watch the extras. Zero laughs on the takeoffs of taxi cab confessions in a cop car and the "clothed" porn humor in the van (A van? In 2009? The '70s are long over, Judd).
Superbad is definitely super in parts and bad (and I'm not talking the '70s jive talkin' definition of the word) in others. Let's just say for all the hype, I was expecting a bit more than an upgraded Porky's.