Superbad was one of those movies that really surprised us when it came out in 2007: It was shockingly funny, but also shockingly raunchy. It didn’t get a ton of promotion before, so it just sort of appeared and then got passed around — at least in my group of college freshmen — through word of mouth. You imagine that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg knew they had a hit on their hands when they wrote the screenplay; and stars Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse must’ve been in on the joke too, right?
What makes this video so interesting to me is that it’s one of the first table reads of the script, so these are the cast members’ first (and genuine) reactions to the jokes. The six-minute sequence is at the movie’s big party, including Evan’s (Cera) sex scene with Helen, later to be known as Becca. There’s also Jonah’s bittersweet headbutt scene with Jules, and it’s clear that Emma Stone is so uncomfortable.
So, I thought it was really cool to watch a raunchy classic come together, especially when many of these stars are about to break into the biz.