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The Meteor Man (1993)

 -  Action | Comedy | Fantasy  -  6 August 1993 (USA)
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A high school teacher from a troubled inner city Washington D.C. neighborhood becomes a super-powered hero and takes on the gang that has been terrorizing his streets.

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One night Jefferson Reed gets hit in the chest by a souped-up chunk of meteor. So he can fly, but he's scared of heights. He can master the information in any book ... for about fifteen minutes. Now his friends and family want him to protect their community from the dreaded Golden Lords. Written by Renee Ann Byrd <byrdie@wyrdbyrd.org>

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Rated PG on appeal for children caught up in perils of an urban environment | See all certifications »
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6 August 1993 (USA)  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$8,023,147 (USA)
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Robert Townsend named his characters real identity, Jefferson Reed, after one of his childhood heroes, his favorite teacher. See more »

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While Jeff is fighting Simon, the character Goldilocks (Don Cheadle) can be seen goofing around, as if he's coming out of his character. See more »

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Byers the Mobster: What? WHAAAAAT?
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References Michael Jackson: Bad (1987) See more »

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TOO LEGIT TO QUIT
Written by M.C. Hammer (as Hammer), Felton Pilate (as Felton C. Pilate II),
Michael Kelly, Louis K.Burrell and James Earley
Performed by M.C. Hammer (as Hammer)
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from CEMA Special Markets
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A greatly under rated comedy
10 October 2002 | by (sydney australia) – See all my reviews

Like so many underated films, I stumbled across this one on television and was most surprised at how much I enjoyed it. The concept of a black superhero is obviously intriguing but what made this one stand out for me was it's strong heart of community justice and pride.

Unlike so many SuperHero films, the theme here was for the community to stop relying on someone else to solve their problems and to stop turning a blind (and scared) eye to the violence and crime that surrounded them until it knocked on their own door.

What was also so refreshing was that the film managed to convey this is a light comedy format, which was never preachy, over the top or too slap stick. Honours to the writer/director for such restraint not only in the telling of the drama but also in the refinement of the comedy which resisted over wrought juvenile comedy tactics like fart and sex jokes (a true breath of fresh air considering the bogmire of "naughty" comedy we have had to wade through this season.)

The only critiscism is that the final confrontation is a little too overplayed, but the final few scenes help to let the audience overlook this with a realistic and enjoyable ending.

Special mention for James Earl Jones in his rather off beat role as a "young" rap dude, which he plays with true humour and as the film progresses, beautiful pathos.

This film is worth seeing. For social commentary or just for a laugh - it delivers.


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