10 Movies to Watch After You’ve Finished ‘Superbad’

The coming-of-age teen comedy of Superbad left quite a mark after its 2007 debut. It would be the first time audiences sat up and took notice of the young actors Michael Cera, Jonah Hill and Christopher Mintz-Plasse as comedic talents with many roles ahead of them. They played a trio of dorky teenagers trying to score beer for a party that leads to one wild night of running into goofy cops and dangerous men. It’s a common template for many teen comedies yet the hilarious writing of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg made the film stand out, in addition to the comedic direction by Greg Mottola. There was also some surprising charm for the boys and their attempts at romance. As funny as that comedy is, there are only so many times you can hear Jonah Hill talk about his unorthodox drawings until the shock wears off. One may want to seek out a similar film of fast and funny antics centered around being a teenager. With that in mind, here are 10 films like Superbad to quench that thirst for more.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

As one of the more classic examples of a high school comedy, Fast Times at Ridgemont High follows a handful of teenagers around their tricky, trippy, and chaotic lives of finding worth and seeking sex. Stacy Hamilton (Jennifer Jason Leigh) finds herself unskilled in the art of dating despite being one of the prettiest girls in school. While she finds herself stuck in a tricky love triangle, the stoner Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn) spends his days surfing, laughing and living the slacker lifestyle while pissing off his strict teacher Mr. Hand (Ray Walston). The film has gone on to become a classic of 1980s teen comedies and additionally stars Judge Reinhold, Phoebe Cates, Brian Backer, and Robert Romanus.

Juno

2007 also saw Cera star in a more Academy-award-worthy teen film of Juno. The drama follows Juno MacGuff, a teenager who has just recently discovered that she is pregnant with her boyfriend Paulie (Cera). While trying to deal with this news, she debates how to proceed with her life and ends up falling for an older man. She may not be fully prepared for the experience, however, as life becomes all the tougher to manage as Juno debates on keeping the child and deciding who she wants to raise her baby with. Directed by Jason Reitman (Thank You For Smoking), this mixture of slick-talking comedy and emotional teen drama was nominated for the Academy Award of Best Picture and additionally stars Elliot Page, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Allison Janney, and J. K. Simmons.

American Pie

In this teen sex romp, five high school students are finding themselves about to graduating without having accomplished much. They decide to make it their mission to get laid before the high school year is over to prepare themselves for college. Their quest for sex turns out to be trickier than they thought as the boys are all a certain sort of nerd and geek, making their seeking of love all the tougher. It’s also an incredibly awkward experience for the teenager Jim (Jason Biggs) considering his nervous dad (Eugene Levy) struggles to be open with his son about matters of sexuality. How the pie comes into play only adds to the embarrassment. The film additionally stars Chris Klein, Natasha Lyonne, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Seann William Scott, Tara Reid, and Mena Suvari. The film was successful enough to go onto the sequels of American Pie 2 and American Wedding, as well as spinning off into various continuations of the teen-sex comedy formula.

Easy A

Emma Stone, another Superbad alumni, takes one last dip into the high school teen comedy with Easy A, partially inspired by the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Stone plays Olive, a student who finds her life may be too boring for being so clean-cut. Aiming to become more interesting, she tells a lie about losing her virginity. But her lie gets around campus and Olive soon finds herself a much different person with the fibs she has spun and gossip that was born from it. Directed by Will Gluck (Friends With Benefits), this mixture of high school drama and comedy is notable for Stone’s stunning performance but also features a strong cast that includes Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Thomas Haden Church, Patricia Clarkson, Cam Gigandet, Lisa Kudrow, Malcolm McDowell, Aly Michalka, and Stanley Tucci.

Good Boys

Produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, Good Boys can almost be thought of as the scaled-down version of Good Boys. The film follows three boys on the cusp of becoming teenagers, hoping to increase their social status by attending a party with the popular kids at school. Of course, their mission to attend the party is anything but simple and anything but clean. They’ll find themselves involved in acquiring ecstasy, using drones, learning about sex toys, and singing for a production of Rock of Ages. The young trio is played by Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, and Brady Noon and they certainly generate plenty of hilarity for their profanity-laced and risque antics.

21 Jump Street

Jonah Hill teams up with Channing Tatum in this ridiculous and over-the-top remake of the classic cop TV series. The duo plays Schmidt and Jenko, the newest recruits of the secret Jump Street unit for policing local drug rings. Given their youthful looks, they’re both hired to go undercover as high school students to bust some drug pushers. They’re ill-prepared, however, for once more facing the trials and tribulations that come with the high school experience. Directed by the comedic team of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie), this hilarious send-up of the undercover police procedural would eventually lead to the sequel of the absurd 22 Jump Street.

Adventureland

As director Greg Mottola’s follow-up film to Superbad, Adventureland takes a look at life after college when just starting out to look for a job. A young Jesse Eisenberg plays James, a recent graduate struggling to find a career. He settles for working at the local theme park of Adventureland, making for what he fears will be the worst summer. That summer actually turns out to be quite the experience as he bonds with trouble-making co-workers and starts falling for the lovely Em (Kristen Stewart). Written by Mottola as well, this coming-of-age comedy is a bit more earnest and heartfelt than that of Superbad, featuring a supporting cast that includes Martin Starr, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Margarita Levieva, and Ryan Reynolds.

Booksmart

Amy and Molly are two high school students that are at the top of their class. Committed to good grades, they soar over their peers. But the duo fears this lifestyle of keeping their noses in books may have hindered the best years of their lives. With their days in high school dwindling down quickly, the two set off to accomplish as much fun as possible that they feel they’ve missed out on all these years. Directed by Olivia Wilde (Tron: Legacy) making her directorial debut, this sincere comedy about growing up stars Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein as the lead girls with supporting performances by Jessica Williams, Lisa Kudrow, Will Forte, and Jason Sudeikis.

Dazed and Confused

Director Richard Linklater depicts Austin, Texas in the 1970s in this meandering comedy of growing up and graduating. It’s the last day of school in 1976 and every student is finding different means of celebrating. Some drive around looking girls, others tap a keg party, and some may find themselves thrown into a hazing ritual of paddling. The film also sets the right tone with a classic rock soundtrack, the throwback attire, and the small-town appeal where the best times could be had just cruising around with nothing to do and many to meet. Linklater’s film never follows just one set of characters and veers off into all sorts of interesting scenarios that take the viewer from pool halls to drive-in restaurants. The cast is also massive for including such young talents as Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Renée Zellweger, and Matthew McConaughey in his most quotable of roles (“Alright, alright, alright.”)

The Breakfast Club

Regarded as one of John Hughe’s most notable Brat Pack films of the 1980s, The Breakfast Club finds a collective of high school misfits trapped in weekend detention. Forced to serve their time for a wrongdoing they’ve committed, the teens find themselves bickering and bonding as they try to fight off boredom when confined to a library for detention. Over the course of the day, bullies turn tender, nerds become bitter, and the popular girl becomes the most insecure. There are so many memorable moments the film conjures in the memory from the impromptu dance around the stacks to the tunneling through vents to the strange lunch of a sandwich composed of Captain Crunch and pixie sticks. The film features one of the strongest ensembles of any 1980s teen comedy, starring Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy.

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