Superbad was the last movie in high school
Seth Rogen has said that there hasn’t been a good high school movie since 2007’s Superbad, which he co-wrote.
In the discussion of specific high school movies, each decade has its iconic entry: the 70s had A whilethe 80s had Fast Times at Ridgemont Highthe 90s had Dazed and confusedthe 00s had Scotch, and… well, that’s it, apparently. According to Seth Rogen, there hasn’t been a high school movie since 2007 Scotch.
On the subject, Seth Rogen, co-wrote Scotch with Evan Goldberg, he told People, “No one has made a good high school movie since.” Rogen’s idea comes from working with Gabe LaBelle in Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans. “What’s crazy is that Gabe LaBelle is like, 19 years old and it’s his and his friends’ favorite movie. ScotchSo it never changed for some reason.”
While Scotch clearly a hit and has had a sequel, to say it’s the only good high school movie in the last 15 years is an understatement. One could easily point to other great coming-of-age movies set during the high school years, such as 2015’s. Me and Earl, and the dying girl or 2015 Because of the Week or, my personal favorite, 2019’s Booksmart. Or maybe Seth Rogen just means that no one has made a good high school movie with too many dick jokes and weird period scene gags since? With his comment, Rogen even disparages some of the film’s cast, as Jonah Hill co-starred in 21 Jump Street five years later Scotch and Emma Stone over 2010s Easy A.
Seth Rogen has been defensive Scotch and his legacy before. When talking about a sequel suddenly, he said, “I don’t think it needs development or anything to build on. I’m incredibly proud of it, it’s holding up really well – people still watch it, high school kids come up to me and tell me they’ve seen it for the first time and loved it to them. It has worked its way to being regarded as one of the best high school movies out there.” Meanwhile, producer Judd Apatow has been the biggest supporter of the series, once saying he’d like to see Jonah Hill and Michael Cera’s characters go to college.
What do you think of Seth Rogen’s comments about it Scotch? Where do you rank Scotch in the best high school movies of all time list?