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Total Crap50%

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Superhero Movie
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by Jason Whyte

"Epic Movie + A Few Big But Scattered Laughs = Superhero Movie."
2 stars

While I admire the fact that “Superhero Movie” is not from the stillborn creators of “Epic Movie” or any of the “Scary Movie” series – it is instead a project that features a few Zucker brothers and is starring Leslie Nielsen -- my biggest problem with “Superhero Movie” is it isn’t funny enough to recommend. Sure, there are some huge laughs with some crazy gags coming at you a mile a minute, however it just feels like it’s too little, too late.

It is long known that audiences are tired of spoof movies, yet they pay for them anyway. The recent Meet the Spartans, which I refused to see based on principle (the directors’ “Date Movie” was my choice for worst film of 2006), appeared to have far too many gags that relied on people’s knowledge of current events and popular culture. And if you didn’t know which show or movie or news event they were referring to, they explained away and hammered the point home to make even the most brain dead understand.

Here, Spider-Man is the main film that is getting lampooned, but it’s a much younger kid named Rick (Drake Bell, of TV’s Drake and Josh), and the storyline is a slightly tuned version of the original movie and all of its characters. So while Spider-Man is a few years old, the production of this film must have been very recent, as some pretty new jokes made their way into the cut. Not only does “2 Girls, 1 Cup” get mentioned, I did like a moment where Tom Cruise is interviewed in regards to this new superhero, and the actor who does this impression, Miles Fisher, does a bang up job of impersonating the infamous Scientology video from a few months ago. And Christopher “Shooter” McDonald plays the villain Hourglass, which looks just a hair too much like the outfit worn by Robert Downey Jr. in the upcoming “Ironman”.

Drake Bell does as good of a job as he can as our lead Rick/Dragonfly. He’s channeling Tobey Maguire and while quite a bit younger, he still has some good comic timing here and there. Sara Paxton is not only ridiculously beautiful, but wisely plays it straight and gets a few laughs as the epitome of Mary Jane. She looks quite a bit like Kirsten Dunst, which helps too. And while his grey hair has remains unchanged, Leslie Nielsen still manages to earn a few chuckles as Josh’s grandfather.

With all said, the movie’s jokes fall more flat than the ones that hit. A spoof movie like this needs to go all out and throw everything but the kitchen sink, and it also has to be funny, which besides a few big laughs, Superhero Movie” doesn’t fit the bill. Disappointing, as I would love to see a return to the Airplane and Naked Gun style of comedy. I think it’s safe to say that it will never happen again.

Note: The film runs at only 71 minutes, with a whopping 16 minutes of credits afterwards. There is a short cast and crew section of credits, followed by a five minute outtake sequence that gives us a peek at what didn’t make into the final cut (the small audience at my screening was long gone before the outtakes even began), followed by an endless scroll of technical and music credits with no “credit cookie” at the end, all to obtain a 87 minute running time. Why they didn’t run the outtakes along with the credits to keep the audience in their seats is beyond me, rather I just sat there alone in the cinema chuckling lightly, my slight chuckles only audible to myself.

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User Comments

6/14/13 KingNeutron Rented with low expectations and turned out better than expected - I laughed and enjoyed it 4 stars
6/11/11 mr.mike Not as funny as other parodies. 2 stars
2/17/10 JM Synth Not as bad as the Friedberg/Seltzer "Movie"s but still very lame stuff 2 stars
10/14/08 Shaun Wallner Hilarious Movie! 5 stars
10/10/08 man laughs are nonexistent 1 stars
8/11/08 Jon G Did they rush when they wrote the jokes? 1 stars
8/09/08 GC Turned it off after 30 minutes, poop, vomit, and sex jokes.UNORIGINAL and dumb 1 stars
7/11/08 mike I give up on all spoof movies. They all suck so bad but I keep watching. NO MORE!!! 1 stars
6/05/08 Jayson The trailer had the best bits. 2 stars
6/02/08 The Velcro Warlock Shows how superhero genre is too stupid already for tremendous parodying potential. 3 stars
6/01/08 Jenna Furr I'm sure I beg to differ with EricD; Megafart scene was best part! Rest runs out of gas. 2 stars
5/21/08 sebastian rea Big Corporations + film = distribute and kill. 1 stars
5/07/08 Sarbu Rada I don't reccomend this "experience" to anyone. 2 stars
4/13/08 atthezoo kids loved it, waste of my time 3 stars
4/12/08 Colleen Cousineau I don't really care for theses types of movies, but thats just me. 3 stars
4/08/08 shaw another Spartans movie? 3 stars
4/03/08 johnnybgoode Devoid of wit, humor, originality or imagination. 1 stars
4/01/08 will i am not super at all 2 stars
4/01/08 Kevin Even at $3.00, a waste of money! 1 stars
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  28-Mar-2008 (PG-13)
  DVD: 08-Jul-2008



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