The sixth or seventh best superhero team in the world pursue their rightful place in the harshly competitive world of toy tie-ins and fighting evil.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ms. Indestructible
Power Chick (as Kelly Coffield)
Alien Orphan
Deadly Girl
Minute Man
Mr. Smart
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America's 7th Best Superhero Team, the Specials, are a group of geeks and oddballs. We get to see one day in their lives as fan and new member Nightbird joins the group, just in time for the group to get a new line of action figures. But the members' extreme personalities and personal issues threaten to rip the group apart. Written by <>

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Not as good as other superheroes, but definitely better than you. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 September 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Elbaltázott szuperhősök  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,131 (USA) (22 September 2000)


$12,996 (USA) (29 September 2000)

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1.85 : 1
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Filmed in 18 days. See more »


[first lines]
Nightbird: I've been a humongous fan of the Specials since I was knee-high to... something for sure. All my friends would make fun of me because the Specials were not a "cool" group like the Amazing Trio or the Crusaders. But, you know, screw that. I also liked Winger better than Bon Jovi. I still do. I don't care what the critics say.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits we see an "In Memory: 1970-1993" reference and picture of Mr. Stretch, an original member of the Specials that we are told died of mouth cancer in one of interview segments. See more »


Spoofs Batman & Robin (1997) See more »


My Balls
Written by Lynn Strait and Snot
Performed by Snot
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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Eric Rohmer directs MYSTERY MEN
28 February 2000 | by (missoula, montana) – See all my reviews

Nifty low-budget variant on MYSTERY MEN, with a script that's about four times as good. Here, the superheroes are less dysfunctional and more beset by the amorous pangs and gnawing dissatisfactions of everyday life; the humor ranges from the gulpingly broad to the surprisingly observant, deft, life-sized. The movie is visually hideous, but the script is astonishingly lively, and some members of the cast burst out at you. As the Shatneresque team leader, the Strobe, Thomas Haden Church is like a concentrated Swat team of extreme earnestness. And there is a lovely scene--not really funny, but you can feel the audience beaming at it--in which a mongoloid "space orphan," dandled like a pinhead mascot through most of the movie, takes the stage at a techno nightclub and breakdances to "Life Is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)."

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