Seth Rogen claims no one has made a good High School movie since Superbad and people are divided
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Seth Rogen has claimed that there have been no ‘good High School’ movies since Superbad.
It’s a bold claim, especially when the genre has had a big comeback largely due to streaming services like Netflix and directors and screenwriters pushing teen comedies into brand new territory.
The 40-year-old actor and comedian discussed the lasting impact of the Judd Apatow-directed film in a new interview with People.
Rogen said his 20-year-old The Fabelman’s co-star Gabe Labelle, showered the movie with praise.
"What's crazy is that Gabe LaBelle is like, 19 years old and his and his friends' favourite movie is Superbad," he told the outlet.
"So it never changed for some reason. No one's made a good high school movie since then."
Social media has spoken and despite Superbad being loved my many, people couldn't disagree more.
"Guess he never heard of Booksmart," one film fan tweeted.
Another fan of the Olivia Wilde-directed 2019 film shared a compilation of scenes of Billie Lourd as Gigi and tweeted: "This 2 minute clip of Gigi from Booksmart is more iconic than the entirety of Superbad."
A third Twitter user said: "I mean... Project X, The Duff, Perks of Being a Wallflower, Easy A, and Edge of Seventeen are all vastly superior to Superbad but go off I guess."
While one fan claimed: "There have been good high school movies, but Superbad is still the best by a significant margin."
Another film fanatic threw shots at Booksmart, writing: "Y’all are in the qts screaming about Booksmart… a Superbad ripoff."
Superbad made more than $170.8 million (£141.7m) at the box office, officially making it one of the highest-earning comedy films of the 2000s. In the years since its release, it has since been hailed as a pivotal movie for the millennial generation.
Rogen crafted the screenplay with his best friend, Evan Goldberg, who wanted to create their own film.
The pair couldn’t relate to ‘90s movies and used their high school experiences as inspiration for Superbad. Lots of characters in the feature, such as Dan Remick and Mike Snider, were inspired by people they grew up with.
Rogen starred in the film with Jonah Hill and Michael Cera, who was best known for his role as George Michael Bluth in the cult sitcom Arrested Development. After becoming his breakout film role, Cera went on to star in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World three years later.
Bill Hader, Emma Stone and Christopher Mintz-Plasse also appeared in the culture defining film.