Let's just say this Superbad flick, which opens August 17, is pretty highly anticipated. Comedy fans are psyched because it's produced by Judd Apatow of The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up fame. And geeks have been equally pumped to see teen nerd icon Michael Cera, formerly of Arrested Development and more recently of the CBS Web series Clark and Michael, doing what he does best--spending long durations of onscreen time acting as awkward as possible.
So, as you can imagine, the atmosphere was decently enthusiastic when the crew behind National Lampoon heir apparent CollegeHumor threw an advance screening at a movie theater in midtown Manhattan on Wednesday night. (The movie, as far as I know, does not have any formal connection to the site.) A raunchy and offbeat comedy about nerds, after all, is just about tailor-made for the brand: CollegeHumor parent company Connected Ventures, itself owned by InterActiveCorp (IAC), has inexplicably managed to cater to a three-pronged target audience of frat boys, tech culture geeks, and hipsters with a proclivity for ironic t-shirts. Well, perhaps it's not so inexplicable, as all three demographics likely would be amused by photos of passed-out drunks with "I <3 JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE" scrawled on their foreheads next to cartoon simulacra of male reproductive organs--which, by the way, are a crucial motif in Superbad.
The audience at the movie screening, consequently, seemed to enjoy itself. And as for my personal review: See it. It's funny. The cops are the best part. But it sure made me feel old to see how high school movies have evolved in this post-Napoleon Dynamite era, from the She's All That and American Pie knockoffs we had back in my day. Freddie Prinze, Jr. seems quite a bit antique.
Afterwards, CollegeHumor took over the bi-level midtown bar Mantra for a Svedka-sponsored soiree. Being a Wednesday night, the crowd wasn't too wild, and the music was a bit too loud for a bunch of outgoing 20-somethings who were eager to flex their senses of humor. (In other words, conversation bordered on difficult.) As for familiar tech-industry faces, the majority of those present seemed to be employees of Connected Ventures' various divisions or close friends thereof; however, representatives from local tech and new-media names like area/code, Next New Networks, and blip.tv were in the mix, as was Facebook's "New York guy," Kevin Colleran.
CollegeHumor co-founders Josh Abramson and Ricky Van Veen were understandably present. But to all Valleywag readers who care about the latest trivialities in New York's geek dating ecosystem, I didn't spot Vimeo founder Jakob Lodwick, so I would not be able to tell you whether he had Star magazine journo-socialite (journalite?) and rumored squeeze Julia Allison with him. Sorry. But hey, the movie was good.