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Former superhero Jack is called back to work to transform an unlikely group of ragtag kids into superheroes at a private academy.

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Peter Hewitt

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Adam Rifkin (screenplay), David Berenbaum (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Allen ... Jack Shepard / Captain Zoom
Courteney Cox ... Marsha Holloway
Chevy Chase ... Dr. Grant
Spencer Breslin ... Tucker Willams / Mega-Boy
Kevin Zegers ... Connor Shepard / Concussion
Kate Mara ... Summer Jones / Wonder
Michael Cassidy ... Dylan West / Houdini
Ryan Newman ... Cindy Collins / Princess
Rip Torn ... Larraby
Cornelia Guest ... Cindy's Mom
Ashton Moio ... Halloween Bully
Hunter Aarniokoski Hunter Aarniokoski ... Prince
Thomas F. Wilson ... Dylan's Teacher (as Tom Wilson)
Ridge Canipe ... Mean Bully
Danny McCarthy ... Meaner Bully
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Former superhero Jack Shepard, also known as Captain Zoom, is called back to work to transform an unlikely group of ragtag kids into a new generation of superheroes. At a privacy academy, he trains Dylan, a 17-year-old boy who can turn invisible; Summer, a 16-year-old girl with telekinetic powers; Tucker, a 12-year-old boy with the power to enlarge any part of his body; and Cindy, a 6-year-old girl with super strength. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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They're going to save the world . . . as long as they're home for dinner


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Rated PG for brief rude humor, language and mild action | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Return of Zoom See more »

Filming Locations:

Kingman, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,510,408, 13 August 2006

Gross USA:

$11,631,245, 17 September 2006
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Spencer Breslin (Tucker Williams a.k.a. Mega-Boy) performed his role while wearing a fat suit. See more »

Goofs

When Cindy shows the Approval Team her powers, she throws the desk where Jack is looking at the applications. None of the folders move. When they ask for a new desk, the folders are back. See more »

Quotes

Summer Jones: I see things.
Jack Shepard: Do you see dead people?
Summer Jones: I see that you suffer from a massive inferiority complex.
Jack Shepard: [speak slowly to Marsha] I try to hide that so well.
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Written by Triniti Bhaguandas, Andrew Bojanic and Elizabeth Joan Hooper (as Elizabeth Hooper)
Performed by Triniti Bhaguandas (as Ms. Triniti)
Courtesy of Beverly Martel Music
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Someone lost the promise
16 August 2006 | by WyoFoggSee all my reviews

First off, a tiny bit about me. 1) I took my daughters (13 & 10) to this movie. 2) I tend to enjoy children's movies and I love SciFi. 3) My wife & I mostly agreed about the quality of this movie. 4) I've never rated a movie before.

Although I agree with many points from the first posting, I do think this movie *had* promise. It seems to me that if all characters were developed properly, that the screenplay had been more carefully thought out, that the technical filming of the show had gone better (boom mic!), that there was cohesiveness to the whole story, and that the actual plot had been more fully developed that this movie could have been spectacular. I was even willing to accept the story line until the kids were mysteriously found dutifully waiting in their room when they were supposed to be hiding. After that, it went downhill quickly for me.

I would have liked to see more exemplary development of the kids' powers -- the kind of foreshadowing that is later revealed in how they save the day (ie. A scene of Summer controlling the paint balls would have helped me believe better her focused power use in the end). Why spend all that time watching Cindy throw ton-weights at a target? How did Dylan's ability with the apple help in the end? What did they do with Tucker to help him learn to control his bloating? How is "mind sight" related to invisibility? Don't even get me started on Ms. Cox character (which I thought she played well).

The pacing and development of the two predictable romances was fair, but why not let Summer have a little tirade with Dylan for knowing he had "seen" her dancing? Followed up with Dylan's peace offering of the necklace pendant -- drama & release -- make the relationship grow on us.

The human stories here have to do with the kids as outcasts in life. Let's develop that more than the two short bits about the girls and Jack finally relating to Dylan. Zoom needed to grow with each kid to show his own growth and bring out his determination to succeed.

Then again, succeed at what? I think Tim Allen does a great job with the "unknown" aspect of the plot. He has no motivation, he gives none. But without a believable reason to drive the plot of the kids' training, we get what we saw. Also, there's nothing socially "dangerous" about the threat of Concussion - it seems a personal vendetta or overblown fear that Larraby is concerned about -- hardly enough to make me feel for him or his cause, and, unfortunately, the movie.

Finally, let's chew on continuity and technical prowess. I was thinking I saw the boom 5 times (but let's not quibble). Aren't people paid to notice these things (the director, even) during production? Let's keep track of where the characters are and give them a reason to go/be somewhere else. Let's give the characters more reason, heck even a strategy, to want to make and close a vortex. Let's see Rip Torn say the line that we watch him ventriloquize {sic}.

Would I watch it again? Maybe just to watch Zoom stumble again, see Houdini throw another punch, or see Summer be radiant -- OK, Cindy's got the tough-cute factor that can be enjoyable in moderation (pull up a chair, whydontya).


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