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The Specials (2000)

Cast: Rob Lowe, Jamie Kennedy, Thomas Haden Church, more...
Director: Craig Mazin
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Studio: Anchor Bay
Genre: Comedies, Parodies, Comic Books, Superheroes
Running Time: 82 min.

A satire of comic-book superheroes in the same vein as the 1999 Mystery Men, The Specials is set in a parallel universe where gangs of superheroes regularly compete against one another for glory or, failing that, flattering action-figure likenesses. The Specials are one of these gangs, and not a very good one at that. Composed of the Weevil (Rob Lowe), the group's most popular member, Amok (Jamie Kennedy), a potty-mouthed shape-shifter, group leader Strobe (Thomas Haden Church), and the constantly growing or shrinking Minute Man (James Gunn), the Specials are more concerned with their image than in actually doing anything heroic. ~ Rebecca Flint, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Staff Pick: It's time for a re-evaluation of The Specials, with The Incredibles getting all the attention from its DVD release, with star Thomas Haden Church's career revived from his unforgettable turn in Sideways, and with comic book movies popular once more after a bit of a dead period when The Specials was first released. The satire, less an action-packed buttkicker than it is about slackers in tights, came out about the same time as the more heavily marketed and very similarly-themed Mystery Men and, though The Specials is actually funnier, it was ultimately lost in the shuffle. Besides Church, the comically capable cast of recognizable heroes includes In Living Color's Kelly Coffield (as Power Chick), the impish and underrated Judy Greer (as Deadly Girl), the film's screenwriter James Gunn (as Minute Man, and, no, his moniker doesn't mean what you think it does), Jamie Kennedy (Amok) and a deadpan Rob Lowe as the Weevil ("I've had superpowers longer than anyone in the Specials, I think, which explains why I'm the only one with a Pez dispenser with a little me on it.") And if you enjoyed Church's clueless womanizer in Sideways, you'll relish his clueless buffoon in The Specials. On the commentary track, Gunn criticizes, and rightly so, Craig Mazin's lackluster direction, but if you can get past that, the script and the cast still shine through in this breezy farce. Makes for a swell doubleheader with the Pixar hit. -- Tamara Lees

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I couldn't finish watching this movie by senna March 23, 2006 - 8:08 PM PST
This movie was recommended to me by some friends who know I like mockumentaries. This was nowhere near as funny as others I've seen. It was annoying.

ick, perhaps i be missing something by theRODabides February 4, 2006 - 8:23 AM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
I love comics, I love superheros, I love quirky movies. I hate the specials. I was expecting a great movie based on the average rating and some other reviews. This movie is horrible. As a mockumentary, the personal interview parts were basically the funniest parts of this movie and that isn't really saying much. I felt like I was watching a showtime porno without the sex. Jokes are lame, swearing superheros gets old, and U.S. Bill is the worst character. I really wish they capitalized on the character 8 more. A character with 8 bodies but one conciousness. Now there is a funny concept that wasn't used as often as i had liked. Overall, this movie seemed like an underdeveloped idea.
I would pass on it.

How does something like this happen? by AcmeFilmCompany January 16, 2006 - 10:37 PM PST
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
The cast of this movie is eclectic to be sure. Still all and all, the actors had to be shown a script prior to signing on. The concept was clever enough to find a producer to pay for the catering truck. It's the Mystery Men but this time we're mutants and sad, and we'll have sex and swear.
Oh, it's so bad that it's not redeemable as a cult curiousity and it's uncomfortable to see a few talented people take a check for this.

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