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A journey inside the world of real life caped crusaders. From all over America, these self-proclaimed crime fighters, don masks, homemade costumes and elaborate utility belts in an attempt to bring justice to evildoers everywhere. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Superheroes (2011) Movie Review
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Directed by
Michael Barnett 
Writing credits
Michael Barnett (written by) &
Theodore James (written by)

Produced by
Douglas Blush .... executive producer
Ian Christy .... associate producer
Patrick Creadon .... executive producer
Theodore James .... producer
Christine O'Malley .... executive producer
Peter Tangen .... consulting producer
Original Music by
Ceiri Torjussen 
Cinematography by
Michael Barnett  (as Mike Barnett)
Film Editing by
Douglas Blush 
Derek Boonstra 
Jeff Chen 
Art Department
Jeremy Arambulo .... cartoonist
Alex Carrillo .... storyboard artist
Sound Department
Peter Mullen .... sound editor
Animation Department
Antonio Canobbio .... animation director
Syd Garon .... animator
Ben Kalina .... animation producer
Editorial Department
Ian Christy .... assistant editor
Michael Mahaffie .... assistant editor
Jane Tones .... editorial intern
Stefanie Visser .... editorial intern
Other crew
Dean R. Cheley .... legal counsel
Syd Garon .... title design
Michael Lurie .... international distribution
David Magdael .... publicist
Steven W. Wallace .... publicist (as Steven Wallace)
Greg Winter .... thanks

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15 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
At turns disturbing, hilarious, and heartwarming, 21 August 2011
Author: kosk11348 from United States

This fascinating HBO documentary follows several real life people as they dress up in superhero costumes and patrol their neighborhoods. Despite sharing this peculiar hobby, all of the people featured seemed to have different reasons for doing it. Some are misfits while some are clearly attention seekers. Others are out for vigilante justice. Some want to raise crime-prevention awareness in their communities. And some are tough to categorize, like the lovable Master Legend, who at first glance appears to be a troubled alcoholic but eventually reveals himself to be a compassionate do-gooder who passes out food and water to the homeless. He also provides much of the unintentional comedy of the movie.

And this is a funny film. Some of the lines are so perfectly ridiculous or well-timed that it has led some viewers to suspect it's a scripted performance, but assuredly these are real people. And while they may dress oddly, the filmmakers never stoop to mockery for cheap laughs. The entertainment lies in just letting these superheroes be themselves. If you are a fan of the documentary "American Movie" then you are sure to enjoy the same type of genuine human comedy in this film.

The one thing that these superheroes do share in common, though, is that most of them are struggling to overcome hard circumstances. Many had heartbreaking stories of childhood abuse. Zany as their costumes may appear, ultimately these people are victims looking to make sense of a world that hurt them and trying to make it a better place.

This is an excellent and thought-provoking documentary. I highly recommend it.

Master Legend rocks!

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