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Film Fridays Part i: superbad

October 19th, 2007     by Thea Lim     Comments

To make up for the fact that I have no sweeping insight into a particular film to offer you today (the horror!), I’m instead writing two little blurbs. Presenting #1: Superbad.

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to see this movie when I heard about it. I knew producer Judd Apatow was one of the people behind The 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up. I seemed to be the only person in my city who actually didn’t really like The 40 Year Old Virgin, and Knocked Up, with its seemingly weirdo take on reproductive health was so unappealing that I didn’t even see it. (Unrelated note: several people have told me that they genuinely liked Knocked Up so maybe I will see it.)

But most of all, from the way the film was marketed, I wondered if I really needed to see another high school boy flick about a bunch of buddies trynna get laid, a la American Pie (haha! pun intended!).

But on a lonely Friday night I decided to take myself out on a date to see it, and I was very pleasantly surprised. I really loved this movie for a lot of reasons (even though there was a certain scene involving menstruation that I coulda done without), most of all for its genuine celebration of how important male friendship is.

It made me think of Anna’s thoughtful post on the value of every kind of love, and how we make such a big deal over couplehood that we neglect and abuse other just as vital forms of love.

And whether or not Superbad intended to, I really felt like it criticised - in a very moving and effective way - the fact that men in our culture aren’t allowed to tell each other that they love each other, and how that like totally sucks, bro.

I could go on about this for a while, but our friend Tuval has already done it for us on The White Ribbon Campaign blog. See his critique right here.

Okay, stay tuned for #2. The suspense!

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