Superhero Movie

DVD Reviews | Jul 7th, 2008

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Starring Drake Bell, Christopher McDonald, Kevin Hart, Leslie Nielsen, Marion Ross, Brent Spiner, Sara Paxton, Tracey Morgan
Written By: Craig Mazin
Directed By: Craig Mazin
Studio: Genius Products
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Superhero Movie is one of the latest spoof comedies, and I’m sure you’re all sick of the genre by now. I know I’ve about had it with lackluster spoofs but this time David Zucker and Craig Mazin have done a decent job at making this genre somewhat respectable again. I still think they missed the mark with this one, but at least it’s better than the other garbage that has been getting released lately.

The film is pretty much a spoof of Spiderman, but it takes stabs at other comic book movies as well. It wouldn’t be called Superhero Movie if it didn’t make fun of other comic movies like X-Men and Fantastic Four. Superhero Movie is about a nerdy high school student who gets bitten by a dragonfly on a class trip. He wakes up 5 days later and he feels different and starts noticing he has superpowers. Meanwhile, as Rick Riker is trying to learn from his powers, his enemy’s Father Lou Landers develops a superpower of his own. An experiment goes wrong and he ends up getting a power that steals the life from others. The more lives he gets, the closer he becomes to immortality. Rick, aka the Dragonfly, must stop him before he takes over the entire world. Insert evil laughing here.

I thought this movie had a lot of funny sight gags and laugh out loud moments. I still think it’s not as good as the spoof comedies of the 70s-90s. There’s just something wrong with spoof comedies these days that just makes them not as funny as the ones that were made back in the day. They all use the same type of jokes (Myspace, Facebook, Internet, and YouTube) that make me roll my eyes every time I hear them. The fart jokes are endless in this movie as well and even though I love farting as much as the next person, it was done too much in this movie. With that said, I liked this comedy because it actually stuck with the genre that it was spoofing. With all these retarded spoof comedies (Meet the Spartens, Comebacks, Date Movie, Epic Movie, etc.) they spoof anything that’s popular at the moment. I just hate when the filmmakers do that. With Superhero Movie, they don’t really do that TOO much. There’s a few pop culture things in the movie like the Tom Cruise Scientology spoof video. I thought the Stephen Hawking scenes were the funniest things in the movie. It was done in bad taste but still, it made me laugh. I think the scenes with Leslie Nielsen were okay but could have been better or gave him more screen time. The same goes with Jeffrey Tambor, Tracy Morgan, and Craig Bierko. I would have liked to have seen more of The X-Men school scenes, but it felt like they just put them in there for a quick gag.

Extras on this DVD include audio commentary, an alternate ending, deleted scenes, a “Meet The Cast” featurette and a featurette on the Art of Spoofing. The alternate ending wasn’t that great and I prefer the original ending. It makes sense to use the original ending since that’s the way a lot of the genre movies end. The deleted scenes were okay; I like the scene with Wolverine, where he needed another superhero with toilet paper hands to follow him around. The featurettes were your standard run of the mill bonus feature, but not really that bad. Overall, this movie had a few funny movies here and there. But in the end, it still makes you want to watch comedy from your DVD Collection like Blazing Saddles, Airplane, Top Secret, Spaceballs and Hot Shots.

– Feature Commentary by Writer/Director Craig Mazin and Robert K. Weiss
– Alternate Ending
– Deleted Scenes
– Meet The Cast
– The Art Of Spoofing
Theatrical Trailer

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1

Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)

English, Spanish

Favorite Scenes: The scenes with Stephen Hawking had me laughing a lot. It was wrong but still funny. Whatever, see you in hell.
Rating: NR
Running Time: 82 minutes
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