When talking about coming-of-age teen comedy, Superbad effortlessly makes it into everybody’s top 10 list. And while this article is all about similar movies like Superbad, if you haven’t watched it yet, consider this as the ultimate form of recommendation.
Not only is Superbad acclaimed to be one of the best comedies of the 2000s, but it is also regarded to be among the best high school movies of all time. The very fact that the star cast includes the likes of Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen raises the bar high in itself. Add to that the flawless dialogue delivery along with the outstanding performance, Superbad easily exceeded the expectations of the audience.
The classic comedy flick gave us many laughs and memorable moments of pure joy and entertainment. And how can one forget about Christopher Mintz-Plasse’s McLovin ID gag that has a cult following on its own! If you’ve been looking for such comedies, we strongly suggest you head over to our following subsection as we list down over 20 movies like Superbad that are just as good, if not better.
Top 7 Movies Like Superbad
#1 Project X (2012)
If you want to follow up Superbad’s events of a wild night, Project X is your best bet. The teen comedy flick starring the trio of Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper, and Jonathan Daniel Brown follows three friends who set out with the plan of throwing the wildest party you’ve only dreamed about.
While being a recommended comedy-thriller, it’s advisable to watch the cinéma-vérité styled film with a grain of salt as the movie takes you through a series of unpredictable, brainless, and outrageous events of an out-of-control party.
Runtime: 1h 28min
Director: Nima Nourizadeh
Cast: Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown
#2 Booksmart (2019)
Directed by the gorgeous Olivia Wilde, Booksmart follows into the footsteps of Superbad with a major emphasis on storytelling from the POV (Point-of-View) of two high school girls played by Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein.
The plot takes on graduating high school seniors and longtime best friends, Amy and Molly. Upon realization of having worked hard in all these academic years, the BFF duo decide to break all the rules and stuff four years of fun and partying on their last day of classes.
Runtime: 1h 42min
Director: Olivia Wilde
Cast: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams
#3 This Is The End (2013)
What do you get when you put together an ensemble cast of actors playing themselves in a Hollywood comedy? A genuinely epic wild screen comedy flick with loads of energetic and funniest performances that will undoubtedly get you on a laughter spree.
Featuring Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill along with the likes of Emma Watson and Craig Robinson, This Is The End follows the fictionalized superficial versions of the cast in a Biblical apocalypse wherein the celebrities attempt to survive the end of the world.
Runtime: 1h 47min
Director: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Cast: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera, Emma Watson
#4 American Pie (1999)
Having been a longstanding pillar of adult comedy for generations, the American Pie series undoubtedly makes it into everybody’s list of must-watch teen comedies. American Pie is the first film in the original series of 4 films namely American Pie 2 (2001), American Wedding (2003), and American Reunion (2012).
Regarded as a cult pop phenomenon, American Pie follows Superbad in a kind-of-similar story of best friends – Jim, Kevin, Paul, and Chris into making a pact of getting laid before their high school graduation. What follows is one of the best snort-out-loud comedies that will keep you entertained throughout its run.
Runtime: 1h 35min
Director: Paul Weitz
Cast: Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Seann William Scott, Alyson Hannigan, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Natasha Lyonne, Tara Reid, Mena Suvari, Eugene Levy
#5 Dazed And Confused (1993)
This cult classic featuring the likes of would-be stars including Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, and Matthew McConaughey among others takes on the Superbad’s theme of teens during their adventures in the last days of high school.
The plot of Dazed and Confused set in ‘76 follows a bunch of Texas students on their last day of high school. Watch as the different sets of friend groups make plans to create unforgettable memories in one of the best coming-of-age comedy films depicting the stupid yet fun American culture.
Runtime: 1h 42min
Director: Richard Linklater
Cast: Jason London, Milla Jovovich, Ben Affleck, Cole Hauser, Matthew McConaughey, Parker Posey, Adam Goldberg, Joey Lauren Adams, Nicky Katt, Rory Cochrane.
#6 21 Jump Street (2012)
I’ve honestly lost count of Jonah’s feature in this list. Starring Channing Tatum and Ice Cube alongside Hill, the buddy cop action flick is directed by the duo of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Raking in about $200 million worldwide, the success of the series was celebrated with the 22 Jump Street sequel released in 2014.
Adapted from the American police TV series of the same name, 21 Jump Street follows the underachieving rookie cops, Schmidt and Jenko. In the wake of a screwup, the two are paired up in an assignment to go undercover and relive high school with the mission of taking down a synthetic drug ring.
Runtime: 1h 49min
Director: Phil Lord, Chris Miller
Cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle, Ice Cube
#7 Good Boys (2019)
If you take the characters of Superbad and hit them with a beam of Sky High’s Pacifier, you’ll get something close to Good Boys. Produced by Superbad’s writers – Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the pre-teen comedy features the directorial debut of Gene Stupnitsky.
The plot of Good Boys revolves around the adventures of three 6th-graders played by Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, and Brady Noon. In a series of amusing attempts to attend a party hosted by their popular classmates, the trio embark on an epic journey that is worth watching at the very least.
Runtime: 1h 30min
Director: Gene Stupnitsky
Cast: Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon, Molly Gordon, Lil Rel Howery, Midori Francis
Other Movies Like Superbad That Are Worth The Watch
- Role Models (2008)
- Road Trip (2000)
- Pineapple Express (2008)
- Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
- The 40-Year Old Virgin (2005)
- Blockers (2018)
- Euro Trip (2004)
- 21 & Over (2013)
- The Hangover (2009)
- Knocked Up (2007)
- Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
- The Inbetweeners Movie (2011)
- Old School (2003)
- The Sitter (2011)
This brings us to the conclusion of our list of similar movies like Superbad. From the best light-hearted teen comedies to contemporary humorous flicks with crazy storylines, we’ve covered over 20 movies that are above or on par with Greg Mottola’s Superbad.
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