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Superbad, Indeed
By Ed Driscoll · August 18, 2007 01:39 PM · Bobos In Paradise · Hollywood, Interrupted

Libertas reviews this year's remake of Fast Times At Ridgemont High:

No doubt Superbad will be a hit. But a touchstone? A classic? Another Stripes, American Pie, Napoleon Dynamite, or Caddyshack? Doubtful. More like Andrew Dice Clay: something that felt cool, edgy, totally-now, and dangerous at the time, but through more mature eyes, just feels, well… Crude, shallow, and simple-minded.
The semi-annual horny teenager movie is a Hollywood staple that dates back to at least the early 1980s, (and possibly to 1978, if count Animal House amongst its brethren) when it replaced the semi-annual Cheech & Chong stoner movie. That makes the genre about as old as the Hope & Crosby road pictures were in the mid-to-late-1960s, when Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Richard Pryor, and the other comedians who demolished the Hollywood old guard started making their first movies.

So who's going to demolish the current Hollywood formulas as they start to look increasingly gray and tired themselves, no matter how young the cast is?

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