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Zoom (2006)

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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

Writers:

Adam Rifkin (screenplay), David Berenbaum (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
4 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Storyline

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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:

Zoom's Academy 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Rupert Gregson-Williams was hired to compose the film's score, but he had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict with Over the Hedge (2006). He was replaced by Christophe Beck. See more »

Goofs

When Zoom and the kids are playing baseball, Pibb (the robot) is playing in the outfield. Soon after, Zoom is surprised to see Pibb for the first time, even though he just played baseball with it. 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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Connections

References Home Improvement (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Hero
Written by Enrique Iglesias, Paul Barry and Mark Taylor
Performed by Enrique Iglesias
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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What could possibly be the motivation for making a film like this?
13 August 2006 | by dmcdesgnSee all my reviews

It is conceivable that a movie about four misfit young people turned superheros could have been made into an enjoyable family film, but someone made a serious wrong turn early in the film-making process here. To make matters worse, rather than abandoning this sinking ship early on, or starting over at square one, the filmmakers appear to have blindly moved forward producing what can only be described as a disaster that will quickly find a home among the most poorly rated movies at IMDb and leave theaters quickly.

The biggest question I have is why? Why was this movie made? Why was no one minding the store? Why was this screenplay ever permitted to see the light of day? I took my five year-old to the movie because the previews looked okay and we love movies. The fact that it took less than five minutes for him to get fidgety after the movie started was probably a good clue to what was ahead. He never did calm down and I'm not sure he paid attention to more than ten minutes of the whole movie.

The script and sets are both beyond ridiculous and rarely make any sense at any time during the movie. Some of the acting is really over the top absurd, Rip Torn and Chevy Chase come to mind. With the exception of Courntey Cox, this film seems like it exists purely to provide a vehicle for over the hill actors to bring in a little up front income. However, since this movie will not turn a profit, it is the studio that will pay price in the end and I suppose they deserve it.

There are a few moments in the first 15 minutes of the movie where you have a hope that something good will happen in the movie, but we quickly discover that the purposes behind bringing this group of kids together are entirely unsound and unexplainable and the rest of the movie has been constructed around random events placed in the film for no apparent reason other than to fill the obligatory 90 minutes minimum required for all non-animated movies.

Besides all of the rest of what makes this movie rotten, the worst thing of all is that there never turns out to be any plausible reason to have brought these four kids together in the first place to make them superheros.

By the time we arrived at the end of the movie, I cared so little about what happened to any of the characters, that I was just bouncing around in my seat, looking over at my wife and child and praying it would end any moment.

There are real reasons that this movie is nearly universally hated by professional critics and movie-goers alike and that is that this movie is entirely unoriginal, incoherent and borders on being unwatchable.


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