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14 Movies like Superbad: Hysterically Stupid

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Jonny_Sweet_itcher_contributorIf the childish antics of Jonah Hill, Michael Cera and Christopher Mintz-Plasse had you in stitches, check out Sex Drive (2008), Super Troopers (2001) and Old School (2003). ~ Jonny Sweet

Superbad is like Marmite…

…you love it or you hate it.

The main reason it’s such a decisive crowd-splitter is its silliness; in a similar vein to South Park and pretty much any Will Ferrell film, Superbad isn’t afraid to combine toilet humour with slapstick violence and improbable plotlines.

For some people, this is enough to convince that the film is nothing more than the immature ramblings of a group of pre-pubescent adolescents. For those with an open mind and an affinity with their inner child (read: a mental age of 11), Superbad is one of the funniest comedies in recent memory.

Belly laughs beat philosophical pondering any day, in my books!

Ridiculously Far-Fetched but Raucously Funny

Luckily, the teen-comedy genre is bursting at the seams with efforts of varying quality. Judd Apatow has made an entire career out of churning out one ridiculously far-fetched but raucously funny comedy after another (with occasional flops), and has blazed a trail for the genre, provoking a multitude of copy-cat directors and writers.

If you’re a fan of such mindless humour, you can’t really go wrong with anything starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James or Vince Vaughn. However, there are Grade-A stupid comedies and sub-par ones… in my opinion, the majority of films by these actors belong in the latter category.

For idiotic romps that are a cut above the riff-raff, check out this list of genuinely hilarious movies that are similar to Superbad.

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Movies Similar to ‘Superbad’…

‘The Hangover’ (Todd Phillips, 2009)

Would you please put some pants on? I feel weird having to ask you twice…

Have you ever had those mornings where you woke up and couldn’t quite remember exactly what drunken shenanigans you were up to the night before? Not like this you haven’t.

Three friends travel to Las Vegas to celebrate “the last night of freedom” of one of their number, bringing along his future brother-in-law whose hedonistic and lazy ways stick out like a sore thumb.

The morning after, the groom is missing, there’s a tiger in the bathroom and a baby in the closet… what happened?

Join them as they attempt to find out (but steer clear of the sequels, which basically rehash the exact same story far less successfully).

SIMILARITY MATCH: 90%
While ‘Superbad’ covers the events of one wild night among high school party-goers, ‘The Hangover’ pieces together an even more debauched stag weekend in Vegas with people who really ought to be old enough to know better.

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‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin’ (Judd Apatow, 2005)

You know how when you grab a woman’s breast… it feels like… a bag of sand…

Losing your virginity is a rite of passage that can be a great source of frustration and embarrassment to many people. Though most get over it one way or another, not everyone does – Steve Carell plays a middle-aged man who tried to overcome his own clumsiness around the subject by simply avoiding it.

Still involuntarily celibate at the age of 40, he realises it’s finally time to come to terms with his problem.

Sound good? Make sure to also have a look at these other movies similar to ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin’.

SIMILARITY MATCH: 80%
Superbad’ and ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin’ both base their storylines around the awkwardness of trying to lose your virginity – the latter just happens to take place far later in the life of its principal character.

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‘21 Jump Street’ (Chris Miller, Phil Lord, 2012)

You know what they do to handsome guy like me in prison. It rhymes with GRAPE. It rhymes with grape…

The unlikely duo of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum team up as undercover cops sent back to high school to root out the ringleader of a new drug called HFS (Holy Fucking Shit) that is threatening to destroy the school community.

An adaptation of the popular 80s TV show, ’21 Jump Street’ is a fun undercover flick which doesn’t take itself too seriously (hence, the name of the super-drug).

Look out for Johnny Depp in a cameo as he reprises his role from the series that served as a springboard to his success.

SIMILARITY MATCH: 75%
While ‘Superbad’ showcases Jonah Hill and chums trying to escape the awkwardness of adolescence, ’21 Jump Street’ underlines how they still haven’t achieved the feat even well into adulthood.

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‘Sex Drive’ (Sean Anders, 2008)

I refuse to be embarrassed by a car that looks like a Trapper Keeper…

On paper, this should be a terrible film.

It has all the makings of a Road Trip-lite, featuring a shy, smart guy who drives cross country to prove his puppy love to some pretty young thing, while he is accompanied by a smart Alec friend… even IMDb is unimpressed, giving it a meagre 6.6 rating.

And yet, the film is actually more enjoyable than you might expect, due to one factor – the smart Alec.

Forget Stifler; Clark Duke’s Lance is impeccable with his comedic timing and pitch-perfect one-liners. His bespectacled and tubby appearance make him somewhat akin to an amalgamation of Hill and MintzPlasse’s characters in Superbad, though Lance oozes more confidence and charisma than the pair combined.

Unflappably wry; irresistibly funny.

SIMILARITY MATCH: 75%
Both ‘Sex Drive‘ and ‘Superbad‘ are, to some extent, about losing your virginity. The former uses a road trip as its vehicle whereas the latter is set against the backdrop of finishing high school and entering college.

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‘Old School’ (Todd Phillips, 2003)

Fill it up again! Fill it up again! Once it hits your lips, it’s so good!

Did I just write off Vince Vaughn and then immediately pick one of his films? Yes, yes I did.

Here, he teams up with the aforementioned king of silly comedy, Will Ferrell, and the always charismatic Luke Wilson, to produce a memorable movie about reliving past glories.

This could almost be a Superbad sequel set twenty years in the future, with the three friends yearning to experience the agonies and ecstasies of their youths all over again. It even features teen sweethearts, forgotten bully victims and, of course, ‘Frank the Tank’.

If you liked Superbad, you’ll love this slightly older, slightly more serious but deep down just as silly, romp through a fake fraternity and the lives of its founders.

SIMILARITY MATCH: 70%
While ‘Superbad‘ deals with adolescents on the verge of entering college and all the usual debauchery that entails, ‘Old School‘ features fully grown men returning to their studies in order to carry on those very same antics.

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‘Pineapple Express’ (David Gordon Green, 2008)

I used to use this little gun when I was a prostitute…

A chronic cannabis smoker but functional member of society inadvertently witnesses a policeman murder someone and is forced to go on the run with his supplier, who is equally as addicted to the drug but far less functional in society.

Their story lurches from the implausible to the downright ridiculous – but maintains a steady stream of laughter throughout.

Sound good? Make sure to also have a look at these other movies similar to ‘Pineapple Express’.

SIMILARITY MATCH: 70%
Pineapple Express’ seems like a version of ‘Superbad’ which took a whole load of drugs, got mixed up in the wrong crowd and endured a rollercoaster ride because of it.

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‘Hot Rod’ (Akiva Schaffer, 2007)

I’m freakin pumped! I’ve been drinking green tea all goddamn day!

Dreamt up by the clowns behind The Lonely Island, ‘Hot Rod’ features Andy Samberg as an immature wannabee stuntman desperate to prove to his dying father-in-law that he’s not quite as useless, hapless and hopeless as he seems.

Expect Will-Ferrel-style-exaggerated acting, stupid (but hilarious) jokes and an incredibly long and painful fall through hilly woodlands.

SIMILARITY MATCH: 60%
While ‘Superbad’ and ‘Hot Rod’ both focus on the antics of a group of friends as they try to grow up, the latter is far more slapstick than the former.

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‘Knocked Up’ (Judd Apatow, 2007)

Marriage is like a tense, unfunny version of Everybody Loves Raymond, only it doesn’t last 22 minutes. It lasts forever…

What would you do if a careless night of passion resulted in an (un)happy accident? That’s the dilemma facing career-minded media woman Katherine Heigl, who has a one-night stand with slacker Seth Rogen, which quickly turns into a one life stand.

Funny, charming and thoughtful, ‘Knocked Up’ ticks all the boxes to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside (and that’s not due to Rogen’s weed addiction).

Sound good? Make sure to also have a look at these other movies similar to ‘Knocked Up’.

SIMILARITY MATCH: 60%
While ‘Superbad’ is about desperately trying to achieve adulthood, ‘Knocked Up’ is about clinging to adolescence – even when parenthood beckons.

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If You Like ‘Superbad’, You Will Like…

It takes a certain type of person to like ‘Superbad’ – those with a crass sense of humour, a nostalgic memory of the discomfiture of adolescence and an aversion to all things serious usually fit the bill.

If you loved the film but are looking for something slightly different, check out one of these other recommendations below. They may not be quite as similar as those above – but they still tickle the same old funny bones.

‘There’s Something About Mary’ (Bobby Farrelly & Peter Farrelly, 1998)

Is that… is that hair gel?

There’s Something About Mary’ doesn’t feature high school or teenagers or the problems of popularity, integration, virginity-shedding and self-confidence that they face. It does, however, feature semen dangling from a man’s ear as he prepares to go on a date, only for said sperm to be mistaken for hair gel by said date.

That scene alone should tell you everything you need to know about ‘There’s Something About Mary’, but any film which has the balls to show a man’s balls through his zipper has got to be ranked alongside Superbad in the silly-but-hilarious category.

Indeed, Ben Stiller rarely disappoints with his slapstick comedies (see ‘Zoolander”, ‘Dodgeball’, etc.) but this early effort remains a personal favourite.

Though ‘There’s Something About Mary‘ and ‘Superbad‘ deal with different subjects and with differently aged protagonists, they both feature hilarious (and sometimes over-the-top) comedy.

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‘Super Troopers’ (Jay Chandrasekhar, 2001)

I’ll believe ya when me shit turns purple and smells like rainbow sherbet…

Again, this film doesn’t feature teenagers (except for three incredibly stoned ones in the opening scene), though pretty much every character in it has the maturity of one.

Super Troopers is a goof-ball cop comedy which makes the Police Academy franchise look dated, jaded and, quite frankly, stupid – and not in a good way. The constant bickering and in-fighting among the cops, as well as their ridiculous pranks, provide laugh after laugh, in much the same way Jonah Hill and company do in Superbad.

Super Troopers‘ and ‘Superbad‘ share similarly crass and silly humour, though the former takes place among a juvenile team of police officers and the latter amongst a group of high school friends preparing to bid each other farewell as they part for college.

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‘This Is the End’ (Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, 2013)

Guys, listen listen. I think we need to address the elephant in the room…

The premise for this over-the-top but enjoyable romp is a party at James Franco’s house, to which all of his friends (and some of his enemies) are invited. Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, Rihanna and Emma Watson all play fictionalised versions of themselves, making for interesting viewing.

Oh, and while the party is in mid-flow, a global apocalypse occurs… did I forget to mention that minor detail?

You can find more movies like ‘This Is the End’ here.

This Is the End’ is a caricatured version of what would happen if the cast of ‘Superbad’ went to a party at James Franco’s house… while Armageddon was approaching.

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‘Scott Pilgrim vs the World’ (Edgar Wright, 2010)

When I’m around you, I kind of feel like I’m on drugs. Not that I do drugs. Unless you do drugs, in which case I do them all the time. All of them…

In order to get the girl of his dreams, Scott Pilgrim must first prove his worth by defeating all of her ex-boyfriends (no, really).

Playing off the surrealism of its graphic novel background, this is a great film for those who love comics and video games.

Scott Pilgrim vs the World’ and ‘Superbad’ both feature Michael Cera as he tries to get the girl of his dreams, but because the former was inspired by a graphic novel, it’s far zanier and more outlandish than the latter.

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‘Kick Ass’ (Matthew Vaughn, 2010)

In the world I lived in, heroes only existed in comic books. And I guess that’d be okay, if bad guys were make-believe too, but they’re not…

With incredibly graphic violence that sometimes borders on the ludicrous, this dark comedy explores what would happen if an average Joe tried to right all of the wrongs of the world by becoming a superhero.

The answer? Extensive hospital bills (especially in the States – God bless the NHS).

While growing up for the cast of ‘Superbad’ means getting drunk and getting laid, the protagonist of ‘Kick Ass’ attempts to do it by fighting crime in his own haphazard way.

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‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ (Martin Scorsese, 2013)

Let me tell you something. There’s no nobility in poverty. I’ve been a poor man, and I’ve been a rich man. And I choose rich every fucking time…

Acclaimed director Martin Scorsese tries his hand at comedy once again by tackling the real-life story of Jordan Belfort, an arrogant, hedonistic but incredibly successful man who swindled half of Wall Street and had the most decadent and depraved time doing so.

Make sure to also have a look at these other fun films similar to ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’.

While the immaturity of the ‘Superbad’ characters can be excused by their age, the lead in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ has no such excuse; and while their factual nature of the happenings make them all the more disturbing, they’re still damn hilarious.

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Any Supergood Alternatives to Suggest?

As I said, this particular type of comedy is enjoying a popularity boom right now, and with people like Ben Stiller and Will Ferrell consistently spitting out side-splitting spectacles, there are no shortage of candidates.

What would make your list?

Let us know below.

**For a video playlist of the recommendations, please click here.

I′m Jonny, an English Literature graduate who decided careers and mortgages were too mundane, and travelling, film, music and books were much more enticing. I have recently made a very comfortable nest for myself in Santiago de Chile, and on itcher Mag where I regularly contribute eloquent waffle on all manner of media.
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