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Superstar (1999)
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by Erik Childress

"Hardly the Worst SNL Film Ever Made"
3 stars

Superstar (** ½) – Superstar is a good test for movie audiences. If you go to the theater and see it, you might quite possibly have the experience I did, which is see it in a packed theater filled with participants roaring with laughter at 80% of the film. Yet, there were still four people that walked out. And while I’ve never walked out of a movie in my life, during the film’s first 15 minutes, I wasn’t far behind.

SNL movies date all the way back to the king of SNL movies, The Blues Brothers. A long time passed, going by the ways of possible big screen projects for Fernando and Ed Grimley, until we got Wayne’s World, which became a classic in its own right. The only other great SNL movie, which is still overlooked to this day was Al Franken’s Stuart Saves His Family which was directed by none other than the great Harold Ramis. If you haven’t seen this one, rent it. But other than these three terrific movies, we’ve been issued sometimes humorous, but mostly mediocre material like Coneheads, A Night at the Roxbury, and It’s Pat (which even had a rumored rewrite by Quentin Tarantino). Now comes Superstar, which takes yet another chapter out of the latest cast of SNL by giving obnoxious Catholic schoolgirl Mary Catherine Gallagher her own movie. Now I can’t speak for others, but I’ve never found Molly Shannon’s creation very funny past her first appearance on the show. It’s a one-note character who every single skit (1) makes a dramatic entrance to introduce herself, (2) puts her fingers under her armpits and smells them (3) sings a song or does a dance and finally (4) crashing into something and showing her underwear. It’s sort of the female equivalent of Chris Farley’s inspirational speaker Matt Foley who eventually wore out his welcome too with the same material week in and week out. I couldn’t imagine how they could stretch out Shannon’s character into what turns out to be only an 82-minute feature. Mary does her shtick throughout and early on, I thought I was in for a long night. But then something happened that I was shocked at. Some things in the movie were actually making me laugh out loud. At first, not much, but then slowly throughout a little more, then even a little more. The girl who befriends Mary looked like Mark McKinney from Kids in the Hall when he played the teenage girls with braces. Which maybe is an inside joke to McKinney, who not only is in the film as the school’s head priest, but was directed by Kids in the Hall alum Bruce McCullough and it seems to rub off on the film’s underlying humor. Like the Adam Sandler movies (with the notable exception of The Waterboy) you laugh at things that are just silly, stupid, or rude. The Sandler movies pull it off better and occasionally have better dialogue, but underneath the surface of this latest Saturday Night Live film, you can sense the ingenuity and comic stylings of The Kids in the Hall. It’s the little moments that made me laugh (sometimes hard) and none of them had anything to do with the character of Mary Catherine Gallagher. I liked many of the Catholic school jokes. Mark McKinney is hysterical as the priest. I liked Harland Williams as the loner, in what seems to be a riff on Adam Baldwin’s character from My Bodyguard, but I could be missing an earlier reference. MTV’s Tom Green (sans beard) even has a small part as one of the schoolboys who is primarily there to yell “you suck” and throw salad.

Overall, Superstar will not go down with The Blues Brothers, Wayne’s World, or even Stuart Saves His Family and I can’t exactly recommend you plunk down $8 to go see it at the theater – but may be worth a video store trip when the rental date hits.

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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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