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Superhero Movie
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Starring: Drake Bell, Sarah Paxton, Christopher McDonald, Leslie Nielsen, Kevin Hart, Pamela Anderson, Tracy Morgan
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Dimension Films
Web Site:
Kiddie Movie: It's teen and those easily amused humor.
Date Movie: Only if she's a teen and/or easily amused.
Gratuitous Sex: Bras, humping animals, and a mix-up at the cemetery.
Gratuitous Violence: In the cartoon vein.
Action: Not really.
Laughs: If you are easily amused.
Memorable Scene: The outtakes after the credits start to roll.
Memorable Quote: I won't list it, but the cemetery scene reminded me of the brilliance of "Airplane."
Directed By: Craig Mazin
Produced By: Craig Mazin, Robert K. Weiss, David Zucker

Superhero Movie
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:25 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
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

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 a city.

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!! L8R!!!


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