Monday, January 14, 2008
Superbad is a recent movie involving 3 high school guys attempting to obtain booze for a party and hook up with some girls. However, not everything goes as planned and misadventures ensue. In the end, it's revealed that friendship actually means more to these guys than sex. I can get down with that, but there were a few points in the movie that were throw-popcorn-at-the-screen maddening for me. Here is a selection:
Seth: I honestly see now why Orson Welles ate his fat ass to death.
Evan: Well, you'll have sex in college. Everyone does.
Seth: Yes, but the point is to be good at sex by the time you get to college. You don't want girls to think you suck [edited for the wee ones].
I think at this point, I yelled something like, "I hate that idea!" I've written here about the pressure that young folks face to gain sexual experience. Poor young folks. And even though Superbad is just a silly comedy, it shows how pervasive the idea is. It's so ingrained and so potentially harmful, it makes me want to throw my hands up like some lost Fiddler on the Roof character. Oy.
This next scene is just...sketchy.
Evan: So I should buy Becca alcohol?
Seth: Yeah, that'll be pimp. That way you know she'll be drunk. You know when you hear girls saying, "I was so shitfaced last night, I shouldn't have fucked that guy." We could be that mistake!
It's not really on-topic, but I was totally shocked that the movie was making this out to be funny. Trying to get people drunk so that they're too smashed to say no to you; People actually do this. And it's not just teenagers, either. It's all fun and games until someone gets molested, people. I wanted to like the movie, I really did, seeing as it's a stealth paean to platonic love and all. But some aspects of it just sketched me out a little too much...