The votes are in…and the funniest film of the naughties is…well, you already clicked so you know, it’s Superbad!
The misadventures of Evan, Seth, and the irreplaceable ‘Mclovin’ burst onto the silver screen in August 2007 (US) and the following month in the UK, and the film has rightly earned its place in the annals of film comedy history.
Jonah Hill and Michael Cera certainly haven’t looked back since establishing their careers as comedy leads in the all too relatable coming of age comedy.
If you’ve never seen it, I won’t shame you, but I will judge you quietly.
Superbad was an instant classic, and it needn’t have taken over a decade to confirm its status. Figures at the box office alone were enough to tell you it was a smash.
The film grossed a whopping $121,463,226 in the US, a pretty tidy profit on the $20,000,000 spent on production, as per Box Office Mojo.
Ranker confirmed Superbad at the top of the 2000s pile after a fan vote which averaged out up and down votes from viewers.
However, you can still vote, so if you disagree go check the list out for yourself and vote rather than whining in a comments section.
What may surprise you about Superbad is, despite the incredible onscreen chemistry of its stars, things were not so rosy during filming and production of the comedy gold.
As told by Cinema Blend, Hill was less than enthusiastic about working with Christopher Mintz-Plasse, aka Fogell, aka Mclovin:
Chris just immediately shut me down. So combative. I was really annoyed because this guy wouldn’t let me say anything.
Seth Rogen also recalled the tension:
Jonah f*cking hated him. He was all over Jonah’s lines, completely disrespectful of the process, probably due to a lack of experience.
I remember he walked out of the room and Jonah was like, ‘Not that guy.’ And we were just like, ‘Oh my god, you don’t understand how much more that makes us want him.’
Rogen’s instincts were probably right. Jonah’s frustration with Mintz-Plasse certainly came out in Seth’s characterisation. So excellent choice by Mr Rogen and Evan Goldberg who co-wrote the screenplay.
Here’s The Top Ten In Full:
2. Step Brothers
3. The Hangover
4. Wedding Crashers
5. DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story
6. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
9. The 40-Year-Old Virgin
10. Old School
I know, there are some incredible omissions from the top of this list, which is why I don’t trust people. Pineapple Express only made it to 28, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back hit 49, and Harold & Kumar Get The Munchies was in at 66.
Meanwhile Ted broke the top 20. I mean, I love Seth MacFarlane, but no. Ted is not a better movie than any of the above, nor is it better than Knocked Up or Hot Fuzz, which are currently placed 21 and 22 respectively. Ted was also released in 2012, so sort your sh*t out Ranker…
Ah, well since those days in the first decade after the turn of the century, we are all old enough now.
Old enough to what?
Old enough to party.
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An NCTJ Journalist with an MA in Sports Journalism, Kieron is an experienced social media journalist who has worked in the industry since 2015. His experience includes work with ITN, the MEN, WISH/WIRE/TOWER FM, and 8:50 Sports Digest… not forgetting his time at ASDA.