DVDS: OUT COME THE GEEKS; DVD OF THE WEEK.
SUPERBAD (15, pounds 19.99) ****
What do you get if you cross a teen romance with an observational comedy? Superbad! Chock-full of wry wit, wisdom and some filthy but very funny one-liners, this succeeds where smutty teen efforts such as American Pie have failed because while just as outrageous, this is intelligent rather than exploitative.
Starring Jonah Hill and Michael Cera - and brought to us by the same team that made us laugh with The 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up - this is a really inspired look at what makes teenagers tick.
Seth (Hill) and Evan (Cera) aren't the coolest kids in school, but they've been best friends for ever and want to enjoy their last days of high school together, especially as they're going to have to say goodbye once they go to different colleges.
Attempting to deal with imminent separation is one thing, but trying to get booze for a party where they just might be able to hook up with two girls is a much bigger challenge.
Seth is prepared to do anything to impress hostess Jules (Emma Stone), while Evan is a little more restrained when it comes to his tactics for wooing Becca (Martha MacIsaac). However, neither of them have bargained for how wrong things are about to go when megageek Fogell (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) is put in charge of securing fake ID and getting the alcohol.
Writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have based this on their experience as teenagers and first wrote the script when they were 13-year-old friends. This history ensures real warmth oozes from the screen.
Even though the subject matter could have resulted in a slapstick film, this is more understated. Emotional and hilarious in almost equal measure, the Seth and Evan characters are three dimensional and easy to root for. It's also rather refreshing that a film with three geeks as the main stars can be so successful.
Superbad should find a wide audience, particularly with teens that are fed up with being talked down to.
Throw in the DVD extras which include a look at the filming of the silly credit sequence and a mini making-of movie, and this is super-good stuff.
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HILARIOUS: Inspired teen comedy; MEET THE NERDS: (From left) Cera, Mintz-Plasse and Hill