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 <email@example.com>
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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