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Super (2010)

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After his wife falls under the influence of a drug dealer, an everyday guy transforms himself into Crimson Bolt, a superhero with the best intentions, but lacking in heroic skills.

Director:

James Gunn

Writer:

James Gunn
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rainn Wilson ... Frank Darbo
Ellen Page ... Libby
Liv Tyler ... Sarah
Kevin Bacon ... Jacques
Gregg Henry ... Detective John Felkner
Michael Rooker ... Abe
Andre Royo ... Hamilton
Sean Gunn ... Toby
Stephen Blackehart ... Quill
Don Mac Don Mac ... Mr. Range
Linda Cardellini ... Pet Store Employee
Nathan Fillion ... The Holy Avenger
Gerardo Davila ... Cop (as Gerardo Davilla)
Grant Goodman ... Young Frank
Paul T. Taylor ... Frank Sr. (as Paul Taylor)
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Storyline

Frank Darrbo is a hapless fry cook. When his wife Sarah falls off the wagon and dumps him for Jacques, a drug dealer, Frank tries to get her back by reporting her kidnapped, grabbing her from Jacques' car, and wailing for her to return. After watching Christian TV and having a vision, he becomes a superhero to fight evil. He sews a costume, finds a weapon (a pipe wrench) and looks for crimes to stop. He has problems: his wrench inflicts real injury, so the cops want him for being a vigilante, his sense of boundaries is flawed, and Jacques' gang has guns. Libby, a clerk at a comic book store, becomes his sidekick, and it's time to go save Sarah. What chance do they have? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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He'll totally f**king beat evil. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, pervasive language, sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Gregg Henry, Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn, Nathan Fillion and writer/director James Gunn would work together again in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). See more »

Goofs

After getting shot, Frank drives away and the shadow of the camera man is visible on the Crimson Bolt. The sun is on the other side (car has turned around) in the next shot in the car. Likewise, the camera's shadow is visible on the wall as the Crimson Bolt climbs over Jacques' fence. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Frank D'Arbo: I've had two perfect moments in my life. The first is when I married Sarah. The other, I was downtown.
[purse snatcher runs past]
Frank D'Arbo: He went in there, officer.
Frank D'Arbo: Two perfect moments, which offset a life of pain.
[getting spanked as a child]
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Crazy Credits

The credits encourage viewers to "Follow Team Super on Twitter": "@james_gunn - James Gunn @tedhope - Ted Hope @ambushent - Miranda Bailey @rainnwilson - Rainn Wilson @nathanfillion - Nathan Fillion"

Twitter is also included in the 'Special Thanks' section. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Honest Trailers: Frozen (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Speak Vernacular
Written by James Gunn, Michael Meitner, James Lang, and Dino English
Performed by The Icons
Licensed by arrangement with Two Monkeys, a Goat, and Another, Dead, Monkey, Inc (BMI)
Courtesy of Ancient Lizard Records
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Don't compare it to Kick-Ass.
2 April 2011 | by DarthPaul85See all my reviews

This film is about an ordinary man who decides to start fighting crime, even though he has no special skills or powers. It also takes place in the "real" world, where of course nobody has done this before.

The similarity to Kick-Ass ends there.

Believe me, this film is definitely a comedy, I laughed out loud many times. What happens, though, is that the film gets so dark and unforgiving that the "morality" of the film is hard to decipher. In that sense, it is very different from Kick-Ass. It's a great "spiral" from a literary point of view, but the movie doesn't make the transition smoothly.

Rain Wilson is funny in spite of himself throughout the film, although he does try to be serious quite often. Is this basically watching "Dwight" be a super-hero? Yes...to the same degree The Rocker was about "Dwight" playing in a rock band.

Ellen Page is fun, although her story "arc" is the weak link in the film. It's completely believable. Everything that she does (and what gets done to her) is pretty realistic for a "superhero" movie. That said, it's almost too low-key, and ultimately I found her role in the movie unsatisfying (though well-acted).

Kevin Bacon is great. This movie actually made me miss him of late. He provides a much-needed credibility to this film...it's hard to put it any other way. I wanted more of him.

And of course, there's Nathon Fillion. He's only in the movie about 2 minutes or so, but while he's on it's wonderful. Keep this man in comedies, Hollywood!

Ultimately, fans of superhero movies, dark comedies, and even cheesy horror films (Slither) will enjoy it immensely.

Casual movie goers may get turned off by the gritty violence and somewhat convoluted message.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 2011 (Iceland) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,549, 3 April 2011

Gross USA:

$327,716

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$422,618
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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