Superbad 10 Years Later
A decade after the world was introduced to two horny high schoolers and their slightly less horny friends, the cast members from 2007’s seminal teen film Superbad have seemingly all graduated to bigger, better, and even Oscar-nominated things since Jules’ boozy, bawdy party.
Jonah Hill (Seth)
You’ve got to hand it to Hill for turning around his image after breaking through as foul-mouthed Seth in Superbad. After the success of the film, Hill became a staple in R-rated comedies and a key member of Judd Apatow’s merry band of vulgar bros in movies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Funny People, Get Him to the Greek, and the Apatow-adjacent This Is The End. It was Hill’s surprise Oscar nomination for his role in 2011’s Moneyball, followed by another nod for 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street, that officially turned the tide for Hill as a dramatic player. Still, he never abandoned his comedy roots (see: the blockbuster 21 Jump Street franchise with Channing Tatum) and continues to take any variety of voiceover (Sausage Party, The LEGO Movie) and dramatic (War Dogs, True Story) roles.
Michael Cera (Evan)
Long before Superbad, Cera already had a reserved spot in sitcom history thanks to his role in Arrested Development, which he would return to twice in the decade after Superbad. Still, in the wake of the 2007 film, Cera became a leading man with roles in Juno, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Year One, Youth in Revolt, and arguably his signature title role, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Since then, Cera has opted for several supporting roles, including TV’s Childrens Hospital and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and a handful of reunions with Hill in This Is The End, Sausage Party, and The LEGO Batman Movie. Somewhere along the way, he also made a well-received Broadway debut in 2014’s This Is Our Youth.
Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Fogell)
The world may still recognize Mintz-Plasse as McLovin, the fake-ID alter ego of Superbad geek Fogell, but the actor has become something of a millennial whisperer in his post-McLovin career. Mintz-Plasse started strong with prime teen roles in Role Models and Year One before landing a string of solid franchise work in Kick-Ass, Neighbors, and the neverending How to Train Your Dragon series. Key parts in Pitch Perfect and Trolls, as well as 2017’s high-profile flick The Disaster Artist, have also kept his movie career thriving, while on television, he anchored the cast of The Great Indoors and Friend Me, two unfortunately short-lived CBS series, both set in the world of technology.
Emma Stone (Jules)
The Hollywood rise of the Oscar-winning actress truly began with just a casual high school party in Superbad. Stone built steady momentum with roles in The House Bunny, Zombieland, and her breakout gig, Easy A, but she all but became a household name thanks to parts in The Help, Crazy, Stupid, Love, and both The Amazing Spider-Man flicks with Andrew Garfield. Already a Golden Globe nominee for Easy A, 2014 brought her back into the awards circuit after her star turn as Michael Keaton’s wayward daughter in Birdman; she’d solidify her place as nascent Hollywood royalty, then, after winning an Oscar for her role as an aspiring actress in 2016’s dreamy musical, La La Land. Up next: The tennis drama Battle of the Sexes and a title role as Cruella de Vil in Disney’s live-action twist.
Martha MacIsaac (Becca)
Following her turn as the object of Michael Cera’s affection in Superbad, MacIsaac turned her attention primarily to television, winning a role in the popular series Greek as Rusty’s girlfriend, Dana. Bigger yet, she played the daughter of Bill Pullman’s POTUS in NBC’s short-lived comedy 1600 Penn; recurred on Family Guy as Meg’s friend Patty; and played Kate Warne, America’s first female detective, in the Canadian series The Pinkertons. In a delightful turn of events, MacIsaac reunited with her onscreen Superbad pal Emma Stone in 2017’s tennis drama Battle of the Sexes, playing pro player Peaches Bartkowicz opposite Stone’s Billie Jean King.
Seth Rogen and Bill Hader (Officer Michaels and Office Slater)
Believe it or not, Superbad introduced a slew of unsuspecting folks to modern-day comedy treasures Rogen and Hader, here playing the roles of inept cops Michaels and Slater. Rogen had already been in the Hollywood ether thanks to Freaks and Geeks, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and his breakout role in Knocked Up, released just weeks before Superbad; Hader’s role in the film, on the other hand, was something of a big debut for the would-be Saturday Night Live mainstay. Since the 2007 movie, each went on to mega-sized success: Rogen’s endless selected credits include Pineapple Express, Funny People, The Green Hornet (LOL), 50/50, The Guilt Trip, The Interview, Neighbors, This Is The End, and Sausage Party. Hader, following a departure from SNL in 2013 after eight seasons, made his way through the voiceover world (Bob’s Burgers, The Awesomes, Finding Dory, Inside Out) while carving out supporting roles and continuing his behind-the-scenes work as a longtime South Park producer and one of the executive producers behind Documentary Now!.