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->''You know when you hear girls say 'Ah man, I was so shit faced last night, I shouldn't have fucked that guy?' We could be that mistake!''
-->--'''Seth'''

''Superbad'' is a 2007 teen comedy written by Creator/SethRogen and Evan Goldberg (who began working on it when they were in high school and named the main characters after themselves), directed by Greg Mottola and produced by Creator/JuddApatow.

Seth (Creator/JonahHill) and Evan (Creator/MichaelCera) are best friends, seniors in high school who are going off to different colleges next year. [[AManIsNotAVirgin It's their life's ambition to get laid before they leave high school.]] To achieve this, they volunteer to bring the alcohol to an end-of-the-year party where both of their respective crushes will be. They are forced to enlist the help of an annoying friend, Fogell (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), and his fake ID, which identifies him [[OnlyOneName only as "McLOVIN"]]. Trying to buy the alcohol, he is caught up in the middle of a robbery, makes friends with the cops (Creator/SethRogen and [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Bill Hader]]), and spends the rest of the night being entertained by them. (That's not a euphemism. It looks like a great time.) Seth and Evan, assuming he's been arrested, strike out on their own to find some alcohol and make it to the party... which they eventually do, except the rest of the night isn't what they were expecting it to be.
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!!!This film contains examples of:

* AboveTheInfluence: Played straight in one instance and inverted in another. [[spoiler: At the climax, Evan gets together with Becca, but can't bring himself to have sex with her because she's obviously inebriated. Meanwhile, Seth gets together with Jules, who admits that she would be perfectly willing to have sex with him if he wasn't drunk.]]
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Invoked. At the climax, Officers Michael and Slater admit that they knew Fogell was underage the whole time, and that they can't allow him to get drunk at the graduation party. But since they've grown to like him, they pretend to arrest him in full view of the other kids, knowing that the resultant street cred will make him a big hit with the girls.
** Alternatively, you could say that the obvious subversion of his "goody-two-shoes" image with such a scene is what ''really'' got everybody's attention. Not so much this particular trope.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Seth professes to be into girls and wants to sleep with Jules, but there are several signs that he might actually or also be into dudes. For example, when explaining to Evan why he doesn't like Becca, he reveals that one time as a child he became obsessed with drawing penises. While discussing what kind of porn they can buy without their parents finding out, he mentions that it's a problem for him if the movie doesn't show "dick going in", because he thinks a vagina on its own just looks kind of gross. Last but not least is his behavior toward Evan, which has some homoromantic and homoerotic overtones.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: [=McLovin=], the single name on Fogell's fake ID which he chose himself because he thought it sounded cool. Multiple characters lampshade how nobody would believe that's his real name:
-->'''Evan''': It's up to you, Fogell. This guy is either gonna think "Here's another kid with a fake ID", or "Here's [=McLovin=], the 25-year-old Hawaiian organ donor". So what's it gonna be?\\
'''Fogell''': ...I am [=McLovin=]!\\
'''Seth''': No, you're not! No one's [=McLovin=]! [=McLovin=]'s never existed because it's a MADE-UP DUMB FUCKING FAIRY TALE NAME, YOU FUCK!!!!
* BavarianFireDrill: The cops can get people to behave however they want by invoking their position's authority. For instance, they turn on their siren even though they aren't responding to an emergency, just to get other drivers out of the way and so they can go through red lights. Also done later on Fogell's behalf, where they pretend to arrest him so that he'll seem like a bad boy so that he can [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys get more chicks]].
* BlandNameProduct[=/=]BrandX: The film includes references to fictional alcoholic products such as "Kyle's Killer Lemonade" and "Goldslick Vodka", which are parodies of the real-life [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike%27s_Hard_Lemonade Mike's Hard Lemonade]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldschl%C3%A4ger Goldschläger Schnapps]].
* BowChickaWowWow: [=McLovin=] is prone to this.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: The movie aired on FX quite often, and all of the swearing was dubbed out; sometimes well, [[BleepDammit sometimes not that well]]. The entire scene where Seth describes the reason he hates Becca is cut out, though.
** Kyle's Killer Lemonade standing in for Mike's Hard Lemonade.
* BrickJoke: Seth derides Evan for trying to bring a condom and spermicidal lube for Becca and insists that it's "psycho shit". Later on, Fogell brings a condom and some lube for Nicola and she's happy about it.
* BrokenTreasure: Seth has to bring alcohol to a party in order to impress Jules, and manages to succeed despite many setbacks. Evan has to bring a specific brand of vodka to impress Becca, but it breaks on the way. It all works out in the end, though.
* ButLiquorIsQuicker: The key to Seth's plot to more or less DateRape Jules. [[spoiler: It ends up backfiring, since he gets ''himself'' drunk instead, and Jules (who stays completely sober) refuses to have sex with him while he's drunk.]]
* BuxomIsBetter: Seth is disappointed upon finding out that a once-bosomy local woman got breast reduction surgery.
--> '''Seth''': That's like slapping God in the face!
* CaptainObvious:
-->'''Seth''': When I was a kid, I would...draw pictures of dicks.
-->'''Evan''': What?
-->'''Seth''': Draw pictures of dicks.
-->'''Evan''': Dicks? Like a ''man'' dick?
-->'''Seth''': Yes, like a man dick.
** Again,
--->'''Fogel''': Why would you park in the staff parking lot? (pause) I mean, 'cause you're not staff.
--->'''Seth''': I KNOW THAT, ''FAG''EL! I! KNOW THAT!
* ClusterFBomb: The word "Fuck" is said ''186 times'', averaging 1.6 times a minute.
* ComingOfAgeStory: Seth and Evan start the movie at an awkward stage of adolescence where they're expected to become adults after they graduate. They're socially inept, codependent, and have immature ideas about alcohol, girls, and sex. In the end they learn from some of their mistakes, get girlfriends, and take a step towards being independent of each other.
* CoolLoser: Evan, while awkward, is a fairly normal teenager who should probably have a bigger social circle. However, it's implied that a lot of people in their class do like him, but they don't hang out with him because of [[{{Jerkass}} Seth]] and [[ExtravertedNerd Fogell]]. During his fight with Seth, Evan claims that he could have made more friends if Seth wasn't hanging around with him all the time.
* CoverIdentityAnomaly: Fogel's fake ID lacks a first name, which Seth complains is going to totally give him away.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Of the Teen Sex Comedy. The movie makes no bones about depicting Seth and Evan's obsession with sex as weird and pathetic and the WildTeenParty is averted with the teens acting like they would at a party in real life.
* DCupDistress: When Seth asks why a certain woman with big breasts went and got a reduction, Evan points out that she suffered a lot of discomfort and improved the quality of her life by downsizing.
* DramaticShattering: The bottle of Goldschlick, whose breakage is devastating to Evan because it was his gift for Becca.
* EveryoneHasStandards: The two cops are willing to bend and break laws for kicks, but they draw the line at cock blocking their new friend Fogell.
* EverybodyKnewAlready: Both cops are already fully aware that [="McLovin"=] isn't Fogel's real name, but they're playing along to try and show him that not all police officers are heartless jerks.
-->"When we were your age -- we ''hated'' cops."
* ExtravertedNerd: Fogell, aka [=McLovin=], seems to have no idea how dorky he is and puts himself out in social situations.
* FeudEpisode: [[spoiler:Seth accuses Evan of "abandoning" him while trying to steal alcohol. Then Seth gets into an argument on the fact that Evan is going to a different college when they were supposed to go together. When Evan said he was trying to do his best in school and tired of Seth "holding him back", Seth fights him and calls Evan a wuss for not saying anything before.]]
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Fogell, who's only in on the plan because of his fake ID, and even then the fact that the name on the ID is "[=McLovin=]" makes it less than helpful.
* GiveGeeksAChance:
** Complete geeks Evan and Seth end up with hotties Becca and Jules. Although Evan, despite his geeky personality, is still a hottie according to most women.
** Fogel gets half-laid with a hottie and, and it's heavily implied that he's gonna get some later.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Seth and Evan, to a ridiculous degree. In fact, one of the themes the film deals with is how co-dependent they are on each other and how they're gonna have to learn to function without each other when they go do college.
* HollywoodNerd: Totally averted - Seth, Fogell and Evan all look like believable high school outcasts. The film actually goes further in making even the cute popular girls like Becca and Jules only be normal school pretty rather than Hollywood goddesses..
* HopeSpot: When the boys finally make it to a bus and are on their way to the party [[spoiler:until the bum breaks Evan's bottle of Goldschlick.]]
* ImagineSpot: Seth has three of these in a row while attempting to steal alcohol at a supermarket. In one of them he gets gruesomely killed.
* InformedAttractiveness: At one point, Seth and Evan spot a woman who is allegedly very attractive and used to be very busty (she recently had breast reduction surgery). However, the audience never gets to know how attractive she is because we only see her from the rear.
* IronButtMonkey: Seth is this, he gets hit by a car twice, cops a baseball bat to the back of the head and collapses face first into pavement without a scratch to show for it.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Seth can be very self-centered, disregarding other people's well-being and taking Evan for granted. Evan eventually calls him out on it:
-->'''Evan:''' How fucking selfish are you? You didn't mind letting Fogell take the fall back there, you don't want me to go to a good school...
* IvyLeagueForEveryone: Evan getting into Dartmouth is what instigates the riff between him and Seth.
* JerkAss: Seth has an abrasive personality, insults people a lot, and behaves in a self-centered manner.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Officer Slater's reaction to being spit at by some dumb kid is a pretty severe overreaction and would be disturbing police brutality in any other context. But here it's just a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for him.
* LastNameBasis: Even Fogell's closest friends only call him by his last name.
* MacGuffin: The fake [="McLovin"=] ID gets so much mention and screen time, it's practically its own character.
* NoodleIncident: We never find out exactly what "non-violent crime" Francis committed, or what sort of people his "friends" are, or why he wasn't welcome at the party. It's kind of implied that he's a pedophile.
** Another one of the noodle incidents in the movie is when Seth tells Greg to piss his pants again, in which Greg replies that that was eight years ago. We don't know what exactly happened and why he wet himself.
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Someone points out a red spot on Seth's pant legs. Seth is confused about where it came from until someone else asks "Dude, were you dancing with a chick in there?". Indeed he had been, and hilarity ensues.
* NotInFrontOfTheKid: For the DVD Commentary, Judd Apatow brought his nine year old daughter Maude to its recording, and orders the actors not to swear in front of her. Jonah Hill restrains himself from cursing until halfway through the movie, and he proceeds to chide Apatow for "Bring Your Daughter to Work Day." After this argument, Apatow and his daughter leave to go attend a showing of Spamalot, and the remaining cast and crew begin swearing profusely immediately after their departure. [[spoiler:Later the actors mention that she's still inside the studio. Whether or not this is true is unclear.]]
* OneCrazyNight: Seth and Evan want nothing more than to use a fake ID to get some alcohol that they can take to a party. An incredibly complicated all-night adventure ensues.
* OnlyOneName: [=McLovin=] is the only name on Fogell's fake ID, although Fogell's real first name (or is it last name?) is never revealed either.
* PrecisionFStrike:
-->'''Jules:''' What the ''fuck?!''
* ReallySeventeenYearsOld: The characters try to pass themselves off as 21 in order to buy alcohol.
* RedOniBlueOni: Seth is the Red Oni who tends to get more emotional and worked up, while Evan is the more rational and level-headed Blue Oni in the pair who contrasts with Seth.
* SirSwearsALot: Seth drops the majority of the F-bombs in the film.
* StacysMom: Seth is attracted to Evan's mom, and expresses envy that Evan ever got to suck on her breasts as a baby. (Ironically, Evan's mom is played by ''Stacy'' Edwards.)
* ThoseTwoGuys: Officers Slater and Michaels.
* TVTeen: Averted; the teenagers in the cast are quite realistic.
* UnfortunateNames:
** Literally, in the case of the film's Italian edition. Since it is customary for Italian youth to use "X" (as in, the multiplication symbol) instead of "per" (because "per" in Italian also means "times") while texting and in slang, the distributors, thinking of a supposed appeal to young moviegoers, did the same to this film's title. The result... SUXBAD.
** The cops also note that they once arrested a man named "Phuck." They're pretty sure he was Vietnamese, but its still startling to see on a license.
* WaistcoatOfStyle: Fogell gets the idea to wear one to "look more mature" and gets ridiculed for it by Seth and Evan.
* WhatTheHellHero: Slater and Michaels give Fogel this for abandoning them, but Michaels gives a small one to both himself and Slater when he realized they cock blocked their new friend.
* WildTeenParty: Downplayed. Besides Becca and the hottie Fogel manages to screw, everybody behaves pretty normally at the party. The [[APartyAlsoKnownAsAnOrgy adult party]] Seth and Evan find themselves in midway through the film is far more wild and crazy.
* YouJustHadToSayIt: Evan tells Fogell to "shut the fuck up" for telling Seth he and Evan are going to the same college, sharing a room.
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