Seth Rogen's mum came up with one of the memorable McLovin Superbad jokes
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If we had to rank our top five films of all time, it would go something like this: Superbad, Superbad, Superbad, Goodfellas, Superbad.
The 2007 teen comedy is a stonking masterpiece, and while you’re probably aware that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are behind what has to be one of the funniest movie scripts of all time, you might not know that one of the flick’s most hilarious skits was actually conjured up by Rogen’s mum Sandy.
When speaking to Howard Stern a few years ago, Rogen revealed his mum came up with a ‘pretty dark’ joke, and he and Goldberg decided to add it to the script. Watch Rogen's interview below:
The funnyman told Stern: “There’s a joke in Superbad where, at the end, one of the kids - McLovin’ - is using a fake ID the whole movie - so the cops think he’s like 23.
“And then at the end of the movie he finally has sex with a girl who’s actually his age, but the cops catch him and think he’s having sex with an underage girl and arrest him for statutory rape. My mum came up with that joke.”
Rogen added: “She read a very early draft of the script and she’s like, ‘it’s funny if the cops arrest him for statutory rape cause they think he’s too old’. And I was like, ‘that’s a solid joke mum’.”
He went on: “You’re in, I’ll take it. My mum pitched a great statutory rape joke. It’s pretty dark, but a solid joke nonetheless.”
Superbad fans were quick to shower praise on Rogen’s mum, with one writing below Stern’s clip: “Lmao that was one of the funniest parts of the movie.”
Another echoed: “Intriguing, that’s so cool his mother is a funny lady,” while a third penned: “F**king good joke mom.”
Other eagle-eyed fans pointed out that Rogen’s mum’s joke was actually tweaked in the final script, as cops Slater (Bill Hader) and Michaels (Rogen) tell McLovin’ they’ve known all along he wasn’t actually 25, and agree to walk McLovin’ out of the party in handcuffs in a bid to impress his school friends.
“They [actually] confess they knew he was underage the whole time but wanted to show him that cops can be cool too. Then [they] fake arrest him so he seems like a badass to everyone at the party,” one YouTuber wrote.
Another added: “Actually McLovin' tells them his real name and age and then asks the cops to arrest him to make him look badass.”
Either way, can we all agree that Rogen and his mum should team up for Superbad 2?