Superbad and Jane Austen

// September 10th, 2007 // fun

Probably never thought you’d hear that title for a blog. While Superbad and Jane Austen have zero in common, they do represent the movies we saw on vacation two weeks ago.

Superbad: (B+) IMDB | ROTTEN TOMATOES

This is another Judd Apatow film, the guy who did Knocked Up and the TV shows Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared. The TV shows, while not making it past one season, were critically acclaimed and hilarious. Knocked Up was also one of my favorite movies of the year and starred Seth Rogan, one of the main writers of Superbad. Written by Rogan and his buddy while in high school, the movie is almost a story of their sad, pathetic attempt to fit in and meet girls in their adolescence.

This movie is just flat out funny. Two best friends struggle through one day in the life. They are seniors who are going to different colleges, and this kind of puts something between them. Michael Cera, from Arrested Development (another must-rent TV series for anyone who hasn’t seen it)Â is just perfectly cast as an insecure, nice guy. Jonah Hill is his loud-mouthed buddy, who tries to be the man and bring alcohol to a party for a girl he likes. Although these guys are the stars of the movie, Christopher Mintz-Plasse is about the funniest part of the movie. He gets a fake ID with the name “McLovin” (which is where the t-shirt idea comes from) and the fun never ends.

It’s a vulgar, perverted, hilarious, funny and has a good little story to tell.

Becoming Jane: (C+) IMDB | ROTTEN TOMATOES

Jina was looking forward to this one despite the bad reviews leading up to it. It’s the story of Jane Austen and how she started out, what happened to her and how she became a writer. The story itself was kind of interesting, especially the idea of women writing novels back in those days being looked down upon. At least, that’s what I gathered from it.

But the movie itself was pretty dull. I wanted to like it. There have been some fantastic movies about the books she wrote like Sense & Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and Emma. This one just didn’t have the writing or the heart that the other ones did.

4 Responses to “Superbad and Jane Austen”

  1. [...] funniest shows I’ve ever seen. I’d probably pick it over Seinfeld. And Cera was just in Superbad as well, so if you see that, you’ll know what I’m talking [...]

  2. [...] the Superbad/McLovin’ phenomenon is spreading quickly. It didn’t take but a month for McLovin’ tees to be all [...]

  3. [...] saw this movie when it was in theaters and totally loved it. It’s completely vulgar and highly dirty, but absolutely hilarious. Cera and Hill are great [...]

  4. [...] Judd Apatow gem with Michael Cera whom I love, and Jonah Hill who is catching fire. From Superbad we learn the phrase “I am McLovin” and also get a nice little story of friendship in [...]

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