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Mystery Men (1999)

Cast: Mario Roberts, Mario Roberts, Ben Stiller, more...
Director: Kinka Usher, Kinka Usher
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Studio: Universal Studios
Genre: Comedies, Farce, Comic Books, Alternative Press, Superheroes
Running Time: 122 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English
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Can seven not-so-superheroes save a city of the future? Based on the comic book series created by Bob Burden, Mystery Men is set in the teeming metropolis of Champion City, where noble superhero Captain Amazing (Greg Kinnear) keeps the peace and sees that justice is done. When Captain Amazing mysteriously disappears, his archenemy Casanova Frankenstein (Geoffrey Rush) sees his opportunity to seize power and bend the city to his evil will, with his associate Dr. Annabel Leek (Lena Olin) at his side. However, Casanova will not succeed without a fight, as the The Mystery Men leap into action. The Mystery Men are not your ordinary Men of Steel; in fact, they're barely superheroes at all. Mr. Furious (Ben Stiller) has one gift: throwing tantrums. Blue Raja (Hank Azaria) is a deadly hand with spoons and forks (but not knives). Shoveler (William H. Macy) can dig with superior speed and force. The Bowler (Janeane Garafalo) rolls the ball with superhuman precision. Spleen (Paul Reubens) has a gaseous problem that he's turned into a weapon against evildoers. Invisible Boy (Kel Mitchell) is convinced he can become invisible at will, but he hasn't actually done it yet. And The Sphinx (Wes Studi) does have an unusual power: he can cut metal objects with his mind. Aided by addled gadget master Dr. Heller (Tom Waits), the Mystery Men make their move against Casanova and Annabel, who feel just threatened enough to make things personal by kidnapping Mr. Furious' girlfriend Monica (Claire Forlani). Mystery Men marked the feature directorial debut of Kinka Usher, who previously directed such ads as the Taco Bell talking chihuahua and the Dairy Association's "Got Milk?" ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Plot? Who cares! by akagaare August 7, 2007 - 2:17 PM PDT
I watched this a while back and I was really scared because I had heard nothing but horrible things about it, yet I still wanted to see it. It's possible that I gave it such a high review because I had low expectations, I don't know. I do know that I love all of the actors in this film, except for Ben Stiller who I don't care for much, and they all are good as ever. You should be expecting silliness, but it's good. I especially love the Tom Waits character. I remember really enjoying this film.

Good characters, crap plot. by wes2666 October 6, 2004 - 6:33 PM PDT
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Being a longtime Flaming Carrot fan, I was excited for this film to hit the theaters but I ended up getting scared off by the reviews. This was a mistake, but it wasn't necessarily mine. The reviews followed the standard dictum not to give away the plot, but they did give away all of the quirky details of the character's super powers and their bizarre origin stories. This was wrong-headed since the details of this film are hilariously funny but the plot is of the "who cares" variety. Still "The Specials" is much better and more true to itself.

Even mindess, yet still a waste of time by larbeck February 14, 2004 - 2:01 PM PST
3 out of 10 members found this review helpful
It is unbelieve to see the great talent wasting in this turkey. And then this also where I learned to hate Ben Stiller. Keep in the lower 500 of your queue, if you must. But there is so much better things to see.

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