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Superguy: Behind the Cape (2000)

 -  Comedy  -  16 July 2000 (USA)
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Mark Teague ...
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Barbara Williams: Right now does it bother you that we are sitting here, that we're taking several hours out of this day while people are dying... while you could be out there saving somebody.
Superguy: I can't think about that.
Barbara Williams: How dare you sit here? I mean it... how dare you sit here?
Superguy: I cannot be out there 24 hours a day rescuing and saving lives.
Barbara Williams: But people expect it of you.
Superguy: I need to conserve some energy for myself.
Barbara Williams: Yet somebody loves those people that are dying right now.
Superguy: Yes.
Barbara Williams: Those loved ones will have complaints. "...
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The laughs never come
28 March 2005 | by (Boulder, CO, USA) – See all my reviews

While an interesting idea (what would be the ramifications of having a real life superhero?), this fake documentary just doesn't come together well. It did little more than evoke a smirk for me, but based on the subject matter and some of the DVD case photos (Superguy smoking and drinking in a bar, in full costume no less), I expected to laugh.

I agree with some of the suggestions concerning how the media and general public would react, and I do think the ending makes sense. So it is admittedly a pretty realistic and thoughtful look at the phenomenon. Mark Teague works fairly well as the misunderstood superhero character, and the rest of the actors hold up their parts as well as could be expected (some believable, some overplayed). The special effects are quite low budget, and the flying scenes are considerably worse than the original 1970's Superman. Which could have been a source of humor, perhaps if they'd made the flying effects ridiculously bad. I think the problem is the filmmakers were trying to be serious when they should have been going for laughs, and vice versa.

My biggest complaint, though, is that many of the sequences and subjects go on far too long (OK, OK, we get the point), and the laughs just never quite materialize. As a 20-30 minute short, it could have been much better, but at 74 minutes its ideas are pushed to the breaking point.

So, while not without some redeeming qualities, I cannot recommend Superguy overall. 5 out of 10.


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