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Film Review: Superhero Movie

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In a year that’s already felt the release of “Meet the Spartans,” it’s telling to write that “Superhero Movie” is in serious contention to be the worst picture of 2008. I mean, a feature would have to be just mind-bogglingly inexcusable to match the crater of awful left behind by “Spartans” in January, yet “Superhero” comes close, too close, to making the race for the bottom a dead-heat.

Average high school loser Rick Riker (Drake Bell) is in love with his neighbor Jill (Sara Paxton), tormented by bullies, and was recently bit by a genetically-modified dragonfly during a science field trip. Now endowed with superpowers he doesn’t understand, Rick assumes the identity of “The Dragonfly” and attempts to bring justice to Empire City. With the help of his Uncle Albert (Leslie Nielsen) and Aunt Lucille (Marion Ross), Rick learns the meaning of responsibility, but his world changes when the supervillain Hourglass (Christopher McDonald) rises to power, bent on killing the masses to make himself immortal.

While “Superhero” is a spoof picture, it has the advantage over the seizure-inducing “Spartans” by generally sticking to a specific pool of movies to lampoon, instead of flailing around like a crank addict high-fiving every single pop culture monstrosity of the last calendar year. The aptly-titled “Superhero Movie” takes on...well, superhero movies, with emphasis on the 2002 blockbuster, “Spider-Man.” Yeah, that’s right; the picture makes fun of a movie that’s now six years old. This is only the beginning of the moldy nightmares “Superhero” provides.

While boasting the participation of satire king David Zucker (who produces), “Superhero” was actually born from the mind of writer/director Craig Mazin, who already worked the comic-book hero bit with 2000’s painfully unfunny “The Specials.” Mazin, who also had a hand in writing the last two “Scary Movie” pictures, is man with a plan, but absent the slightest molecule of cleverness. I’ll give him this: “Superhero” isn’t scattershot, just humorless to a demonic degree, and insultingly reliant on potty jokes to pander to the soft brains who found “Alvin and the Chipmunks” too highfalutin.

Right from the start of the picture, it’s obvious Mazin is one unfunny bastard. “Superhero” is a film that loves when characters pratfall on poop, get dry-humped by animals, or are continually farted upon. That’s the spectrum of humor offered here, and the picture is relentless inserting bodily function gags wherever it can, often passing up potential for true parody just to add a fecal punctuation mark where nobody asked for one. The superhero material is quickly secondary to Mazin running around trying to appease kids in the audience with tedious vulgarity.

The rest of “Superhero” is just as wretched, stitching together a spoof of comic-book movies with minimal attention to giggle detail. While “Spider-Man” is the main course of the script, “Batman Begins,” “Fantastic Four,” and “X-Men” are also given their own split-second shots to the chest. The rest of the script is simply overturning pop culture mainstays such as MySpace, ubiquitous iPod usage, and the insanity of Tom Cruise. There’s even an Enron joke. Talk about cutting-edge comedy.

Since it contains perhaps the silver screen’s longest flatulence joke (criminally involving Marion Ross), “Superhero Movie” deserves a special place in the burning fires of Hell, where lazy writing, insipid direction, and an unforgivable eagerness towards bottom-feeding stupidity can roast along with the rest of the spoof genre’s recent offerings.

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Comments

Christian Toto

The fart joke is the last refuge for the humor-impaired. Don't get me wrong ... a good fart joke can be inspired, but usually when a fart is expelled in a movie it means the filmmakers are coasting until the next joke comes up in the script.

Good takedown. I wouldn't dream of wasting $10 on this. Poor Leslie Nielsen.

Duuude

I have to completely disagree. "Superhero Movie" was hilarious to me, and I HATE slapstick done badly. I thought it actually pretty good. Not a classic of comedy, but funny and sweet.

Emilio Buono

I also have to completely disagree, Superhero Movie was absolutely hilarious, easily the best film of 2008 for me, and i have seen many.

Meet the spartans was the worst film ever, horribly made, but Superhero Movie was well made, and soooo funny, i was actually crying with laughter at some points.

Whoever gives this film a bad review is actually retarded.

Emilio Buono

And just to add, Alvin and the chipmunks, is an actual pile of shite.

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this movie sucks

this movie sucks balls

booger

Pammy and her boobs are in it. I don't care what the rest of the movie is like. It got my money (dollar rental night though)

Marki

To "Duuude"-

You call anyone who hates his film "retarded"... hm... let me think..... Anyone with HALF a brain could tell this film was a major suck festival, full of crude and UNFUNNY jokes. This movie has to be the worst, keeping "Epic Movie" (which also was horrible) in mind. HORRIBLE!!!!

p.s- Go back to pre-k.

imafirinmylaser

this movie was good, but had a horrible film script. i liked the comedy moments, but everything else sucked monkey nuts. they definantly could make this movie better

Edwin

I actually found this movie funny. The fart jokes were funny for a few seconds, but sometimes they went a bit too far with it. Most of the movie made me laugh for a good amount of time. Overall, I found this movie to be funny.

Meeee

It was quite a ridiculous movie. Some parts half decent but i guess it was alright. It was not as terrible as some people are making it out to be. And meet the spartans was hilarious. An awesome movie. Screw you all who think otherwise.

Mozzilo

The trailers alone put me off of this film... but obviously from some of the above comments having an opinion is a crime punishable by death.
It also seemed to rely on sales from teenage boys going to watch it so they can stare at a woman's cleavage for about 60 minutes without being sprayed in the face by pepper spray.

wolfnipplechips

I hated the movie...which is why I didn't see it...lol

bebob

This filim is a leperous scab on a herpetic sore on the mouth of comedy. One of the worst comedies made in years, (B.C. and A.D.). No redeeming qualities unless you are under the age of four, in which case there is unsuitable material that could stunt the more mature yet still fragile sense of humor of a toddler . It was a shame to see the Mom from Happy Days, Marion Ross, reduced to playing a role like the one she flatulates her way through in this film. Her 401k must have really tanked during last years Wall Street meltdown. The actor parodying Tom Cruise is the film's only saving grace, and he is only on for moments. If your idea of a fun evening is curling up to a chapter of Sara Palin's new "auto-biography", a frontal lobotomy, and some keelhauling in the nude, you'll love this film! Avoid, detour, develop a case of temporary hysterical blindness(and deafness), do not walk, run, run swiftly away from this film, lest it get something sticky and disgusting on you that won't wash off easily!

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