"Hate me. Beat me. Mock my monkey pants. But I liked it."
I know, I know. You all thought it was crap and the SNL skit it comes from sucks ass and it wasn't funny and should never have happened. Trust me, I've heard it all, I've been beaten by old people, I've had my lunch stolen by the disabled, I'm a pariah amongst my people. But I enjoyed Superstar and no amount of kidney punches and noogies will get me to confess otherwise. Except leeches. Leeches might work. Please don't use leeches.So Molly Shannon created this character around a high school girl who is a complete geek in every respect but is convinced she is destined to become a superstar. I guess when Shannon was in school she got teased about wanting to be on Saturday Night Live and this is her revenge on them all. Well dammit, I laughed. Quite a bit. Not like a retard or anything, I wasn't drooling with hilarity. But I laughed more than I did during Big Momma's House.
Heck, I think I laughed during circumcision surgery more than I did during Big Momma's House. Let's stop talking about Big Momma's House please.
So Molly goes through school life being picked on by the popular kids, being caught practicing making out with a tree, falling over things, obsessing over the very 80's school hunk and generally covering all the bases of most SNL adaptions. What's different? Why did I laugh? Why have I braved the slings and arrows and flying staplers and defended what is, at best, mediocrity?
Because if you put down your preconceptions and SNL inspired grievances, this character actually has a lot more legs to make the leap to film than the Night At The Roxbury kids, or the upcoming Ladies Man. As the film goes on, the character does get depth, the situations do stay reasonably fresh and the humour keeps things mostly above the belt. For a lazy weekend rental, Superstar is decent fare, and it will certainly stay on video store shelves longer than It's Pat.Those noogies really hurt, you bastards.