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#1 Oct 9, 2007
I completely disagree with the following:
"What needs to be said about "Superbad" - as with "Knocked Up" and other Apatow projects - is that no matter how outrageously prurient things get, you never once feel as though you're being jabbed in the ribs or shoved face-first into the muck of hormonal excess."
No way this statement is across-the-board true. I tried to see this with my 13-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter. I was so grossed out by being shoved face-first into the muck of hormonal excess that we walked out after 5 minutes. It was dreadful ... horrible. HORRIBLE! Yes, I had to drag my son away, but it was just so disgusting and CONSTANT ... there was NO RELIEF from the relentless nausea-inducing "I'd like to ... her" epithets.
*sheesh* It drives me crazy when I get online to read a movie review in an effort to try to assess if it's appropriate or worth seeing, and the reviewer makes statements like this that not only DON'T warn parents but miss the mark ENTIRELY regarding tone or content. Yes, I realize it was an R-rated film, but the above statement by Gene Seymour is 180 degrees from what I experienced.
He's lost credibility with me as a flick reviewer.
#2 Oct 10, 2007
Caroligne, no matter what the reviewer said, you probably shouldn't have brought two children to it without further investigating the film on its content. I also saw the film a few months ago and will agree that it was VERY raunchy. However, I knew this going into the film. Next time, just to be safe, I'd pick a film rated PG-13 or lower to see with the kids.
#3 Nov 13, 2007
Although you as well as other parents may have found the film to be terrible, it is understandable. Unfortunately, the culture that is portrayed in film is an accurate portrayal of the average adolescent male experience today. Perhaps when you were young you did not see or hear any, or most of the things you saw in the film. I saw the film myself and being a young man in today's society, it struck a cord with me because that is what I am surrounded with on a daily basis. Most teenage boys especially junior and senior high schoolers will tell you they understand the situations the boys in the movie are in. In today's over sexualized, violence-glorifying, potty-humored entertainment world, this film is just a reflection of what young people see everyday in school.
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