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||Drake Bell, Sarah Paxton,
Christopher McDonald, Leslie Nielsen, Kevin Hart, Pamela
Anderson, Tracy Morgan
||It's teen and
those easily amused humor.
||Only if she's a
teen and/or easily amused.
animals, and a mix-up at the cemetery.
||In the cartoon
||If you are easily
||The outtakes after
the credits start to roll.
||I won't list it,
but the cemetery scene reminded me of the brilliance of
Robert K. Weiss, David Zucker
What is really starting to disappoint me about the latest
batch of "spoof" movies is simply that creativity seems to
be lacking. Not that I didnít laugh during "Superhero
Movie," but as I was leaving the theater I wondered why it
even included spoofing movies like "Batman," "The X-Men,"
"The Fantastic Four," and a smidgeon of "Superman." Anyway,
letís get to the storyÖ
A Movie Review
Drake Bell plays Rick Riker. Exactly like Peter Parker,
he lives with his Aunt and Uncle and next door to the girl
he loves, Jill (Sarah Paxton). Unlike Peter Parker, Rick
gets bitten by a genetically enhanced dragonfly, which you
would think, as the film folks are spoofing Spider-Man, his
superhero name would be Dragonfly-Man, thereby having a
superhero name that is a pain in the ass for everyone to
say, but no, he is simply Dragonfly. Iím sorry, I digress.
So a dragonfly bites him, thereby giving him superpowers
enough to almost fulfill his destiny as a hero, but sadly,
until he believes in himself, he is unable to fly. You can
pretty much watch the original "Spider-Man" film to fill in
the blanks for this story because we get Christopher
McDonald in the dual role of Lou Landers, the rich dude, and
Hourglass, the nemesis Lou has turned into thanks to a
scientific experiment gone wrong. Hourglass is hell-bent on
killing off the town of Empire City so that he can become
immortal, and itís up to Dragonfly to save the day.
In the middle of a movie spoofing "Spider-Man" about 90%
of the time, we also get a very much unused "X-Men" entering
the story with Tracy Morgan playing Professor Xavier, caught
cheating with Invisible Girl (Pamela Anderson) by his wife,
Mrs. Xavier (Regina Hall), we find that Dragonflyís parents were killed
in a spoofing way the way Batmanís parents were killed, and
along with Invisible Girl, we also get Johnny Storm from
"The Fantastic Four" in a scene that is either spoofing
itself of spoofing Batman looking over a city, but I donít
remember Johnny Storm ever gazing with a concerned look over
Look, if you watch the trailer for "Superhero Movie," and
expect the laziness in spoof movies lately, it will give you
a nice almost hour and a half to fill during an afternoon
matinee, but what is a little different than some of them is
that the movie also works to be a little more like
"Airplane" and "The Naked Gun," with an ode to the scene of
O.J. Simpson being launched from his wheelchair in the
latter, and quotes from the hospital and a very funny one at
he cemetery that I donít want to ruin by listing them here,
reminiscent of the former. And Leslie Nielsen shows he can
still do dead-pan humor with the best of them, although for
this movie heís a bit more sick and a lot more creepy.
And before I wrap up this review I will admit that Iím
not perfect, but if you are a nationally syndicated
reviewer, how do you get this wrong: In his review of
"Superhero Movie," that I read in my morning paper
today, the dude writes that Tracy Morgan has two
roles in the film, namely as Professor Xavier, and also
Rickís friend, Trey. I think Kevin Hart, who plays Trey,
might have something to say about that.
Alright, "Superhero Movie" was going to be only a 1 Ĺ
star film out of 5, but what saved it for me were the scenes
not used in the movie which show up after the initial batch
of credits rolled (trust me, especially you prepubescent
dudes, stick around). With those Iíll bump it to 2 Ĺ stars,
but it also confuses me because just about all of those
scenes would have been better placed in the film itself,
rather than in the "outtake" reel during the credits. And I
guess I canít leave this review without mentioning the
hilarious Tom Cruise impersonation by Miles Fisher.
You don't have to see the movie to see it, just head to the
"Superhero Movie" website, head to the videos area, and
click for the Tom Cruise video.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!