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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.

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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Shut up, crime!

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 2011 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

Super - Attento crimine!!! See more »

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:

$322,157
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page also worked together in Juno (2007). 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"

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Connections

References Batman Returns (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Lonely Ones
Written by Aceyalone (as Edwin M. Hayes) (ASCAP) & Stefon Taylor (ASCAP)
Performed by Aceyalone featuring Stefon Taylor (as Bionik)
Licensed by Arrangement with That Kind of Music (ASCAP) & Stefon Taylor Publishing (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Decon
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Complex Concept, Good Actors, Awful Execution...
29 March 2012 | by nrkist2424See all my reviews

No spoilers. I liked the concept of this film. I love all the actors in this film. They are all very talented and have all demonstrated great range in really demanding and polar roles...but theme and tempo and mood are all over the place and the film is always hitting the wrong notes at the wrong time. I know some people will say this is 'indie' and it is intentionally this way. That somehow managing to totally f'up a thematic continuity within the story and failing to ever establish an emotional report with the audience so that the black (and somewhat gory) humor can work in this sappy story framework is some sort of artful post-modern rejection of cookie-cutter cinema. It doesn't work, and that is not the message that is conveyed. What is conveyed is that Gunn had NO IDEA which way he was going with this film.

It's as if Gunn couldn't decide if he was going superficial camp with a deeper message or dark and maudlin with a bunch of cheap emotional gut-shots. It gets really irritating and these two opposing factors really take you out of the film.

That's not even mentioning the surreal vision elements that I don't believe are even referenced in the last 40-50 minutes of the film...

Good concept. Good Actors. Real mess of a film.

Final Note: Ellen Page is beyond irritating in this.

5/10


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