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Superhero Movie

Superhero Movie
Starring:
Drake Bell, Sara Paxton, Christopher McDonald, Leslie Nielsen, Marion Ross,
Ryan Hansen, Keith David, Brent Spiner, Tracy Morgan and Robert Joy


Rated: PG-13 for crude and sexual content, comic violence, drug references and language
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: March 28, 2008 Released by: Miramax

With a large tongue-in-cheek cast for this spoof of superhero films, we could expect to be falling off our chairs laughing. We get a few laughs and the repetition of each lame potential laugh from limited wrighting and directing by Craig Mazin.

In the opening scene the hero Rick Riker aka Dragonfly, chases a bus and crashes into the side mirror when the bus stops, next he stands up and hits his head on the bus stop sign, then the bus doors move out and slam him in the face. Three times in a row the same joke - it only works once.

Sara Paxton's Jill is the blond next door who changes up in her open window which faces Rick's open window as he stares in disbelief. Paxton is attractive but here she shows little character, mostly just a bright large white tooth smile. While Christopher McDonald plays the villain, Leslie Nielsen is Uncle Albert the kind uncle who misspeaks throughout his performance.

Lance Landers (Ryan Hansen) is the wise-guy competition for the pretty Jill, no way for him to win in that weak limited character. Even Brent Spiner as Dr. Storm is silly rather that campy in his major scientist's role. Perhaps Dr. Hawking (Robert Joy) had the best opportunity to punch through with laughs but no such luck.

Nothing is anywhere near super in Superhero Movie.

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