Original Release Date: August 17, 2007
Box Office: Made an estimated $169.9 million on a budget of just $20 million.
Critical Review: Superbad was an instant success and was met with critical acclaim. To this day it’s still held up as one of the greatest comings of age comedy’s ever made. It has an 87% on Rotten Tomatoes and won a total of five awards, including Best Writing for Seth Rogan at the Canadian Comedy Awards.
About the Role: Officer Slater! The first time I ever saw Bill Hader he was Officer Slater, who alongside Seth Rogan’s Officer Michaels, made being a cop look like the greatest job in the world. They’re actually the worst cops in town and spend all day getting drunk and fooling around. During a call about a robbery, the two encounter the teenager Fogell “McLovin” (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) while he’s trying to buy liquor with a fake ID and end up taking him along for a night on the town.
Simply the Best: Written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, Superbad is loosely based on the writers’ personal experiences during the 12th Grade. The two main characters share the first names of the writer that they’re based on and the character Fogell is based on a guy named Sammy Fogell who attended their high school.
About a trio of friends that form a foolproof plan to get laid before graduation. If only they weren’t a bunch of idiots. After a popular girl from school (Emma Stone) gives them a rare invite to a party, they become determined to make the most of it and are assigned with providing the party’s alcohol content. Unfortunately, they’re all underaged so they get it by other means, including using a fake ID and stealing beer from another party hosted by gun-wielding hotheads.
Armed with an early 2000’s Jonah Hill level of persistence and the power of bromance, Seth and Evan find themselves landing into one bizarre, raunchy, situation after another.