Superbad (2007)

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Superbad is a 2007 American teen comedy film directed by Greg Mottola and produced by Judd Apatow.

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Plot Summary

Hilarious comedy about two high school seniors who have been best friends since they were young and are preparing to finally graduate. They aren’t exactly “popular”, however, that won’t stop them from doing whatever they can to finally lose their virginity before college to the prettiest and coolest girls in school. When one of the girls asks them to get alcohol for the party they set out on an adventure to get it and bring it to the graduation house party. Unfortunately, the trip turns out to be a lot more difficult then they had originally planned. Will they make it to the party with the alcohol in time? Or will they miss the final chance to lose their virginities to the girls of their dreams and lose each other in the process?

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Production

Development

The film was written by Goldberg and Rogen during their teen years. It is loosely based on their own experience as seniors in Vancouver in the late 1990s, hence the character names Seth and Evan. According to an interview at an event panel in 2009 Fogell was also a real friend of Rogen and Goldberg. Rogen was initially slated to play Hill’s character Seth, but due to his physical size and age, he played one of the police officers. The film took over seven years to complete from early scripting in 2000 and filming in 2006/2007. Mintz-Plasse was only 17 at the time of filming Superbad, and as a result, his mother was required to be present on set during his sex scene.

Principal photography

The film was primarily shot in Los Angeles. The high school is actually the exterior of El Segundo High School. The mall scenes were shot at the old Fox Hills Mall (which is now the Westfield Mall) in Culver City, California.

Other notable filming locations include the convenience store at the beginning of the film, also in Culver City, the liquor store where “McLovin” gets IDed in Glendale, California, and the bar where the cops take McLovin for a drink is neighboring Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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Box office

Superbad opened at number one at the United States box office, grossing $33,052,411 in its weekend from 2,948 theaters for an average of $11,212 per theater. The film stayed at #1 the second week, grossing $18,044,369.

The film grossed $121.5 million in the United States and Canada and $48.4 million in other countries, for a total of $169.9 million worldwide. Compared to the budget of $20 million, the film earned a huge financial profit, making it the highest domestic grossing high school comedy at the time (it was surpassed by 21 Jump Street, a film also starring Hill, in 2012).

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