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Mystery Men (1999)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Fantasy | 6 August 1999 (USA)
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A group of inept amateur superheroes must try to save the day when a supervillian threatens to destroy a major superhero and the city.

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In order to generate more endorsement revenue, Champion City's resident superhero Captain Amazing arranges for the release of supervillain Casanova Frankenstein, only to be captured by him. The city's fate rests in the hands of seven loser superhero wannabes: the spoon-flinging Blue Rajah, the shovel-wielding Shoveler, the possessed bowling ball-hurling Bowler, the flatulent Spleen, the only-when-nobody's-looking Invisible Boy, the mysterious Sphinx, and the perpetually-angry Mr. Furious. Written by Jeff Cross <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

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They're not your average superheroes. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for comic action violence and crude humor | See all certifications »

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6 August 1999 (USA)  »

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Hombres misteriosos  »

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$68,000,000 (estimated)

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$10,017,865 (USA) (6 August 1999)

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$29,655,590 (USA) (1 October 1999)
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Hank Azaria (The Blue Raja) and Wes Studi (The Sphinx) both previously appeared in Heat (1995). See more »

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When the Sphinx clearly cuts Tony P, Tony C, and the Disco Boy's guns in half, immediately in the next shot we see that the guns have not been cut in half, but have simply had their slides removed. See more »

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[first lines]
Dr. Heller: [offering an old lady candy at the Senior dance] Would you like something sweet?
Old Lady: [impressed] Oh!
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Dockers Khakis are the official khakis of Champion City. See more »

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Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »

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Calling Dr. Woodpecker
Written by Clarence Wheeler
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Who Says Superheroes Have To Be Super?
5 September 2003 | by (San Francisco, California) – See all my reviews

In the history of movies based on comic books, "Mystery Men" is one of the most underrated ones. This is no regular comic superhero movie! It follows the exploits of a motley crew of well-meaning wannabes, which include Mr. Furious (played by Ben Stiller), the Bowler (Janeane Garofalo), the Shoveller (William H. Macy), the Blue Rajah (Hank Azariah) and the Spleen (Paul Reubens). "Mystery Men" spoofs several aspects of superhero movies like "Superman" or "Batman," such as the pithy sayings, and the questions about secret identities. Most of the superheroes aren't billionaires like Bruce Wayne, but blue-collar types with menial jobs and neurotic home lives. So it looks as if director Kinka Usher is making the heroes into something the average viewer can relate to. I found "Mystery Men" to be visually stimulating and very funny. Even if it doesn't turn into a franchise, it's still a joy to watch!


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