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After a backfiring stunt and a mishap-filled New Year's Eve 1999, klutzy and legendary stuntman Super Dave Osborne decides to hang up the crash helmet and retire. Coupled with financial problems, a double-crossing protégé' named D.J., and slimy promoter and arch-nemesis Gil Ruston, things do not look good for the super one. However, he meets klutzy mother Sandy and her son Timmy, who has a heart condition, who he immediately takes a shine to. When D.J.'s taunting prompts Timmy to attempt to jump a ramp with his bicycle (and fail), he aggravates his heart condition and requires an operation, forcing Super Dave to accept an offer from Ruston to do a stunt to get the necessary money for Timmy's operation. Written by
This film was supposed to be released in the summer of 1998, then it got pushed to winter 1998, then spring 1999, summer 1999, and winter 1999, before MGM finally released it straight to video and DVD in January 2000. See more »
The pad Super Dave is using to sign the fat ladies' son's autograph changes colors between yellow and blue between shots. See more »
As the credits start to roll, Super Dave drives up in his car for one last message. He parks and as he talks, a rock falls on the car and crushes him. See more »
I suppose the reason this film has such a low rating is that the Super Dave character is definitely a cult phenomenon. It helps to have seen the original short sketches on the old "Bizarre" comedy show with John Byner, and the later TV shows, because the film does depend somewhat on the audience having a sense of the history of the character. Originating as a satire on Evel Knieval, the character explored the same 'comedy of pain' terrain as Jim Carrey's 'Fireman Bob.' with the important difference that Carrey's character could be down right cruel and sick on occasions, while Super Dave proudly insists on being virtuous and good natured regardless of the disasters that confront him. But there's no doubt that what we are laughing at is, just how much pain can this character accidentally inflict on himself? Since this tells us more about ourselves than we wish to know, the producers of the film wrap it up in a story that certainly borders on the saccharine. But fortunately, the story isn't taken seriously at all. It's mere excuse to develop an alternative universe that is as absurd as the character of Super Dave himself - a necessity if the character is going to be allowed 90 minutes of comic pain without becoming obviously absurd himself. I've always found Super Dave hilarious, so I enjoyed the movie. The one real quibble I have for with it is the background music, which is excruciatingly banal. But if in comedy timing is everything, the film is superbly structured for what it is trying to accomplish - hence my own high rating for it.
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