1 Jan 2009 - 12:00 AM  UPDATED 15 Jan 2015 - 11:28 AM
3.5

McLovin – remember the name, because, like Austin Powers or Napoleon Dynamite, teenage boys everywhere will soon be doing impressions of this new cinematic supergeek. McLovin may be a supporting character in Superbad but he walks off with the film.

The main action of the movie centres on two horny young toads, Seth and Evan. Like any teen movie heroes, they've got but one goal: to get laid with girls who are out of reach.

They hatch a plan to supply the cool kids' party with illegal booze and then have their way with the liquored-up ladies. For this, they call upon their even nerdier friend Fogell, who's recently gotten a fake ID under the name – that's right - McLovin.

That's not giving away anything more than the trailer does, but if anyone starts reciting dialogue from Superbad, before you've seen it, stop them. It's a movie whose comedy depends largely on raunchy shock value.

Superbad was written by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen – star of Knocked Up – when they were teens. It shows. The film is crass, juvenile and sexually obsessed – but it's also very funny.

It was executive produced by Judd Apatow, who brought us Knocked Up and The 40 Year-Old Virgin, and like those movies its foul mouth comes with a lot of heart.

Michael Cera and Jonah Hill have a natural, knockabout chemistry as the boys in denial about having to grow up. But it's Christopher Mintz-Plasse's feckless McLovin who scores some of the biggest laughs. He almost operates in his own mini movie, riding along with two crazy cops played by Seth Rogen and Bill Hader.

Superbad benefits from being created and performed by twentysomethings who clearly remember the angst, anger and anarchy of teenage years in sharp comic detail. But, like an unruly teenager, it also lacks discipline – some of the jokes and improv moments come off as too abrasive, repetitive or self-indulgent.

At nearly two hours, the movie was a little long and loose. It's not quite Knocked Up, but Superbad's a lot of filthy fun.

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