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Awesome: 17.57%
Worth A Look: 4.05%
Average: 20.27%
Pretty Bad: 22.97%
Total Crap35.14%

6 reviews, 38 user ratings

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Superstar (1999)
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"Dumb, but it may make you giggle a bit."
2 stars

There have been a spate of movies of late (Scary Movie, Big Momma's House etc) that have not quite made the grade in the humour stakes, and while Superstar isn't the funniest film of the year, it certainly is of a slightly higher calibre than some of its predecessors.

Young, Catholic schoolgirl Mary Katherine Gallagher (Shannon) has a dream - to kiss someone in that Hollywood, lip-smacking, earth shattering way and decides the way to achieve this is to become just like the people she admires in the movies. When the opportunity arises to enter Catholic Teen Magazine's Anti Venereal Disease Talent Quest, Mary Katherine's dream is within her grasp as the first prize is the chance to go to Hollywood and be an extra in a movie with positive moral values.

So begins a rigorous training schedule with fellow special ed classmates, under the tutelage of ex showgirl grandmother (Johns), and in direct competition with high school rival, Evian (Hendrix) for the affections of most popular boy at school, Sky (Ferrell).

Shannon had been playing with the character of Mary Katharine Gallagher since her days at NYU, but finally hit on the material she needed in working with Koren on Saturday Night Live in 1995, which received a great response from the audience. And one can understand why - Shannon's unabashed, highly energised, very physical performance is to be commmended. She skirts on the edge of silliness on occassion, but stays just on the right side of funny. Her co star Ferrell similarly walks this fine line (although he tends to tip into what I would call "Leslie Nielson" mode - the "Naked Gun" humour I personally find mostly unamusing) but also has his moments.

Laybourne as Helen, Mary Katharine's new best friend, is the show stealer in her great rendition of the dorky, awkward, braces wearing adolescent. Hendrix is also quite strong, although she seems to have developed her character by borrowing extensively from movies such as "Jaw Breaker", "Clueless" and "Romy & Michelle's High School Reunion".

Script/dialogue wise, "Superstar" still has a very much 'sketch' comedy feel to it, which helps the film's pace but ultimately, the plot itself is thin and doesn't have anywhere much to go. The film essentially lacks the intelligent humour of something like "Romy & Michelle...", going far too often for the cheap laughs and missing opportunities to play out the stereotyped characters in a clever way.

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User Comments

1/18/09 Anonymous. an awkward movie that isn't that funny. :D 2 stars
8/07/07 Johnny Strangers With Candy does "weird girl in high-school" way better. Embarrassingly stupid. 2 stars
10/06/06 Lauren Taylor So funny i cried for hours! =] loved it!!! 5 stars
3/03/06 Anthony Feor SNL movies, how much i love you 4 stars
8/31/05 ES proving once and for all that Bruce McCulloch is the Eric Idle of Kids in the Hall 1 stars
2/06/05 Jeff Anderson One of the all time worst comedies I've ever seen! Why are these SNL skits made into movies 1 stars
12/20/04 Jessica 5 stars dawg. 5 stars. 5 stars
12/20/04 Michelle This movie is GrEaT! I love it... there's never been a more awesome movie! 5 stars
12/20/04 Jessica This movie is awesomely hilarious. I love it. 5 stars
12/20/04 Michelle McClure Me and Jessica LOVE this movie...we watch it 24/7 5 stars
12/20/04 Jessica "What are you lookin at fruity? I dont play buttdarts okay....I'm lovin the ladies" <Funny 5 stars
10/22/04 kena typical SNL dumb, it was funny. 4 stars
1/08/04 Chlo Gyllenhaal What a piece of shit. Superstar my arse. Wouldn't even give it one star... 1 stars
6/22/03 cochese MOLLY SHANNON IS NOT FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!! GET IT? 1 stars
3/17/03 Cameron Slick Dumb script and flat jokes made this another SNL misfire. 1 stars
12/04/02 Sara Jacobs Beyond Hillarious 5 stars
6/11/02 qtpie Hillarious 5 stars
10/09/01 Monday Morning Not great, not terrible...kind of medium I guess. 3 stars
6/13/01 Renee is Insane Almost the WORST movie of all time. 1 stars
4/09/01 Gary So stupid it's funny. It's a good movie to watch if you are down. 4 stars
4/02/01 Andrew Carden Pretty goofy, but watchable SNL flick. 3 stars
3/09/01 Drew Anderson This movie was extremely comical, and made completely with teenage viewers in mind. 5 stars
3/07/01 Helen I have rented it a million times and I crave to see it once more. Hilarious. 5 stars
2/13/01 Egg36 Unspeakabley awful. 1 stars
1/30/01 Scot Bailey Biggest piece of poop to float to the surface of the Hollywood self-love fest in years. 1 stars
1/17/01 tessa its hilarious 5 stars
1/16/01 Renee this is the best movie of all time 5 stars
9/17/00 JAKE ugh... the most annoying idea EVER!!!!!!!! 1 stars
9/08/00 Stuntman shit shit shit shit 1 stars
6/02/00 Steve Layne Pretty boring and dumb 2 stars
4/30/00 The Bomb 69 some funny some stupid, a mixed bag 3 stars
2/22/00 Mr. Kramitall absolute stupidity 1 stars
10/29/99 Lame-Oh sloppy, worthless SNL adapted trash 1 stars
10/25/99 focus one question: why? 1 stars
10/16/99 TImbo You all suck. This movie rules like when bears maul dumb people. 5 stars
10/15/99 16 in. of meat and a bucket of balls Oh God, why do you punish your people so? SNL should quit while it's behind 1 stars
10/12/99 Mr Showbiz Right up there with A Night At The Roxbury 2 stars
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