Seth Rogen has been revising his stance on teen-oriented movies for the past 16 years.
Earlier this month, the “Pineapple Express” and “Knocked Up” star drew backlash online after making a few comments about 2007’s “Superbad.” Directed by Greg Mottola, it starred Michael Cera and Jonah Hill as teenage friends. and they make a pact to lose their virginity before they graduate.
Rogen, who has a supporting role in “Superbad” and wrote the screenplay with Evan Goldberg, said he has seen a recent resurgence of interest in the film. He also cited his “Fabelmans” co-star Gabriel LaBelle as an example of one of the film’s younger fans.
“What’s crazy is that Gabe LaBelle is like, 19 years old and his and his friends’ favorite movie is ‘Superbad,'” Rogen told People. “So it didn’t change for some reason. No one has done a good high school movie since.”
Not surprisingly, many people on social media were quick to point out that there have, in fact, been many well-received teen movies since the release of “Superbad.”
Among those that received notable acclaim were 2010’s “Easy A,” which put a 21st-century twist on “The Scarlet Letter,” and 2019’s “Booksmart,” starring Hill’s sister Beanie Feldstein.
By last week, however, Rogen was ready to back off a bit, telling People that his comments on high school movies weren’t meant to be taken literally.
“That was a big story. There are many. I have personally done a few,” he said, referring to 2018’s “Blockers” and 2019’s “Good Boys,” two films he produced. “Obviously there was a lot.”
According to the publication, Rogen and his wife, Lauren Miller Rogen, listed “Easy A” and 2017’s “Lady Bird” — which, incidentally, also starred Feldstein — among their high school genre choices.
Currently, Rogen and Goldberg are co-producers of another movie about teenagers – “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem,” which is due for release this summer. Speaking to the AV Club last fall, he described the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” animated reboot as a “very personal” project.
“It’s a teenage movie, we’re putting a lot of our own feelings — awkwardness and uncertainty and wanting to belong and be accepted and all — into the movie,” he said at the time. “Sitting with the other people who are working on it, I’m like, ‘We found a way to take care of this,’ which is great.”