“Superbad” is a film that is completely over-talented, both behind and in front of the camera. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, two of Hollywood’s most in-demand and trusted creators, wrote the screenplay, with Rogen also appearing as Officer Michaels. Judd Apatow (“40-Year-Old Virgin”) is on board as producer, with Oscar-winner Emma Stone, Oscar nominee Jonah Hill and Michael Cera leading the cast, among others. other. But by the time the movie came out, these stars weren’t nearly as bright as they were after the movie hit theaters. In fact, Rogen and Goldberg worked on the script for years and struggled to actually get it done.
Apatow was definitely a hit at this point and Rogen was a rising star, having starred in “Freaks and Geeks” as a teenager. But the collection of stars that appeared did not shine at the time. Plus, it all leads to studios having an aversion to R-rated comedies — especially comedies geared toward younger audiences.
Sure, “American Pie” and its sequels were a hit, but they were seen as the exception, not the rule. Prior to 2007, R-rated comedies proved to be very limited success, with “There Something About Mary”, “Beverly Hills Cop”, “Coming to America”, “Wedding Crashers”, “Old School”, “, “Borat,” “The Birdcage” and “Jackass: The Movie” are a few examples. But they’re not made very often, and there’s hardly any series that falls under the teen sex comedy genre.
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