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Seth Rogen Responds To Backlash After Claiming 'Superbad' Was The Last Good Teen Movie

After receiving a flurry of criticism, the actor said his comments were intended as a 'joke.'

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Seth Rogen did a little backpedaling last week after he received a ton of online backlash for his statement about recent adolescent movies.

At the beginning of the month, Rogen caught some flak after he told People that the 2007 film Superbad was the last good teen movie.

Rogen wrote the screenplay with Evan Goldberg and also had a supporting role in the comedy starring Jonah Hill and Michael Cera, who played two seniors trying to live out their last days as high schoolers while dealing with the inevitable separation anxiety college life will bring.

Rogen shared a story with People about his Fabelmans costar Gabe LaBelle:

"What's crazy is that Gabe LaBelle is like, 19 years old and his and his friends' favorite movie is 'Superbad.'"
"So it never changed for some reason. No one's made a good high school movie since then."

There's no denying it's a gem.

But many argued over the last 16 years there have definitely been some flicks that compare, like the film Booksmart which stars Hill's sister Beanie Feldstein and Easy A led by Superbad co-star Emma Stone.

But alas, just last week, Rogen claimed his comments were all in good fun.

He clarified to People:

"That was a joke. There's a lot. I've personally made a few."
"Obviously, there have been many."

The Pineapple Express star and his wife even named some of their favorites such as Lady Bird and Easy A.

While many appreciated the explanation, many commented that it was not necessary.

And, interestingly enough, many agreed instead with his original statement.

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Rogen and Goldberg have teamed up yet again and are co-producing another teen film, albeit about the half-shell breed. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem is set to release this summer.

Currently, Rogen and Goldberg are co-producers on another film about adolescents — “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem,” due for release this summer. Speaking to The A.V. Club last fall, he described the animated reboot of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” franchise as a “deeply personal” project.

“It’s a teenage movie, we’re putting a lot of our own feelings—of awkwardness and insecurity and a desire to belong and be accepted and all that—into the movie,” he said at the time. “And as I sit around with the other people working on it, I’m like, ‘We found a way to care about this,’ which is great.”