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Comic Book Villains (2002)

A guy dies after collecting comic books for decades. His mom inherits them and she ain't selling. Owners of 2 comic book stores want the collection. Their scheming gets ever more desperate.

Director:

James Robinson

Writer:

James Robinson (as James Dale Robinson)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Donal Logue ... Raymond McGillicudy
Cary Elwes ... Carter
Michael Rapaport ... Norman Link
Natasha Lyonne ... Judy
DJ Qualls ... Archie
Eileen Brennan ... Mrs. Cresswell
Monet Mazur ... Kiki
Danny Masterson ... Conan
James Duval ... Baz
Marshall Bell ... Gun Store Order
Chris Weber ... Tony
Denny Kirkwood Denny Kirkwood ... Dino
Irene Montalà ... Woman in Barcelona
Donal Lardner Ward ... Normal Customer (as Donnal Ward)
Ric Borelli Ric Borelli ... Slob
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Told from the point of view from Archie, a comic book collector, this is the story of a rivalry between two comic book shop owners. One does it for the love of comics, while the other shop, run by a husband-and-wife team are in it strictly for the money. The situation brews to a head when a sneak collector, Conan discovers a large collection of perfectly-preserved classic comics, leading the two shops to vie to acquire them, along with a "villain" who hopes to steal them first. Written by Ryan McIntosh

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Obsesión, traición, venganza. Y otros extraños negocios. (Mexico) See more »

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, violence, some sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »
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During the climax of the film, Raymond fires 7 shots from a six-shooter without reloading. See more »

Quotes

Raymond: Either you're trying to patronize me, fuck with me, or get yourself killed. And, by the way, you're doing a pretty good job.
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References Clerks (1994) See more »

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Mediocrity at its Most Mediocre
13 December 2002 | by Andy-422See all my reviews

Here's a great cast, with a good concept for a plot, how can it go wrong?

It can, if there's no writing! OK, that's not fair, if there's CONSISTENT writing. Like so many SNL skits, the first half is well developed, then, well, they have to end it somehow.

I had the same problem with this movie that I had with Monster's Ball. Now how could I mention those two movies together? One is the great academy award winning darling, one is a straight to video farce.

But both suffer from the fatal flaw: failing to convince me of the characters' motivations, and changes. In Comic Book Villains, we get a basic greed motive, but I didn't care what happened to any of the characters except Archie. That may have been intentional, so we wouldn't feel horrified by their bad behavior, but that just goes to show how de-sensitized we are to violence. It's a plot device to end a movie, not a logical or understandable part of the plot.

I guess if you feel you have to see all movies with references to comic books, go for it. But otherwise, use your 90minutes for something else.


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Language:

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Release Date:

3 September 2002 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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