When word got out that Seth Rogan, soon to make the jump to comedy leading man thanks to his turn in the upcoming Knocked Up, wrote a script about his highschool days we weren’t sure what to make of it. He constantly turns out strong performances, especially for Judd Apatow (Freaks & Geeks, 40 Year Old Virgin, Anchorman, Undeclared to name a few), but it’s a whole nother beast when it comes to writing the funny.
But now that we’ve seen the red band trailer for Superbad, we’ve got to admit that this could be a nice little sleeper hit. Red band trailers, well, they aren’t enough of them in this world. But we like that you can swear and pretty much give a better indication of a movie. Afterall, half of getting an audience to see a movie is to market it correctly.
The film stars Michael Cera and Jonah Hill as two high school students trying to get laid before the end of high school. They’re dorks and co-dependent on one another. And though it’s a tired plot, done a million times before, we’re willing to look past it cause of the movie’s pedigree.
Cera, starred on Arrested Development, as the awkward but lovable George-Michael Bluth. His turn was not only retardedly spot on, but his character also provided the only heart and niceness on a show filled with wicked people. And Jonah Hill, we like. He’s got that “I’m a geek you can related to” thing down. Check out the not-so-good Accepted for his performance or as his memorable turn as the e-bay kid trying to buy moonboots in The 40 Year Old Virgin.
Not to be out done, Rogan makes an appearance as a jerk-off cop with SNL’s Bill Hader. This is definitely one to keep on the radar for the end of summer. More than anything it seems like there’s an actual group of comedic actors who enjoy making sweet-natured films together, consider them the Frat Pack Pledges or “Junior Varsity” if you will, but we like to think of this click as a different entity. It helps that they’re funny, but it’s a welcome change of pace from the frenetic, over-the-top and ca-ching sounding Frat Pack movies of Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn and whomever else decides to show up.
Check out the boring regular trailer below if you’re lazy, but we suggest clicking the link for the Red Band Trailer above. You won’t be disappointed.
Superbad hits theaters on Aug. 17.