Michael Cera’s first splash into Hollywood came with the chronically underwatched, yet critically acclaimed cult hit Arrested Development, in which Cera played the neurotic, awkward, though undeniably likeable George Michael Bluth. During the three seasons it was on the air, Cera developed a flair for impeccable comedic timing in portraying a fully capable adolescent that just lacked in self-confidence.
Cera incorporates a more raunchy dialect, but maintains his shy demeanor in Superbad, where Cera plays Evan, a graduating high school senior bound for Dartmouth. Evan and his best friend, Seth (Jonah Hill), are two bottom feeders when it comes to the social totem-pole at school. So when Jules (Emma Stone) invites Seth to her graduation party, Seth, who has had a crush on her for quite some time, not only accepts, but also offers to stock her party full of booze. As it turns out, Evan’s crush, Becca (Martha MacIsaac), will also be at the party, and she wants Evan to get her some alcohol too. The two view it as a last opportunity for two pale, friendless virgins to get some before shipping off to college.
Still, even as low as Seth and Evan are on the social hierarchy, they still try to avoid a third-wheel named Fogell (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), that is, until they find out that Fogell has stumbled upon a fake ID and can get them the necessary booze to win their way into their crush’s hearts. The one problem, Fogell – in the spirit of Seal, Madonna and that guy with the funny hair from last season of American Idol – has gotten an ID with only one name on it: “McLovin.”
So, the plot is simple. Get the booze. Get to the party. Get laid. This is the goal of any high school guy on the cusp of leaving for college.