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Mottola Returns With Superbad

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About 10 years ago, Greg Mottola made his directorial debut with a terrific indie film called The Daytrippers.  The small romp, starring Parker Posey, Stanley Tucci and Hope Davis, won various awards, including the Grand Jury Award at Slamdance.  Then, aside from directing not very many TV shows, including three episodes of Arrested Development, Mattola disappeared.

Until now.  This weekend, the talented director will be back with Superbad in which two best pal/geeks have a boisterous booze bash in order to get rid of that nastiest of diseases, teenage virginity.  Yes, pre-premiere buzz has been around the gross-out nature of the movie, the two peckish, boy-ish stars and the fact that 40 Year Old Virgin‘s Judd Apatow produced this bawdy comedy.

But when you go to see Superbad later in the week, forget all that.  Remember that Greg Mottola, one of the unheralded directors who should have seen a lot more movie work in the last decade, is calling the shots.  If Superbad is a hit — and it likely will do at least fairly well — here’s hoping Mottola gets the props he deserves — and a more serious movie gig the next time around.

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