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Superhero Movie (2008)
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Review Date: July 09, 2008
Director: Craig Mazin
Writer: Craig Mazin
Producers: David Zucker, Craig Mazin, Robert K. Weiss
Actors:
Drake Bell as Rick
Sara Paxton as Jill
Christopher McDonald as Lou
Plot:
A spoof flick based on the plotline of the original SPIDER-MAN movie. In this case, a young teenager with a crush on a hottie in his class is bitten by a radioactive dragonfly and soon enough, becomes a superhero with powers similar to the insect, but obviously amplified. What ensues are a bunch of gags based around the plotline, most of which don’t work, but a couple of which made me laugh. Lots of references to websites (except joblo.com) ensue…
Critique:
I’m not exactly sure why I even bothered to watch this movie, considering that it pretty much looked like the same “spoof shit” they’ve been cranking out for the past few years a la EPIC MOVIE, MEET THE SPARTANS, but I think the name of David Zucker as one of the producers on this puppy gave me a little hope…seeing as he and his brother Jerry were pioneers of the genre (along with Jim Abrahams). Unfortunately for me and Mr. Zucker, this film blows like a monkey’s uncle, with very little regard for actual humor replaced by a ton of pratfalls, visual gags and very few jokes that actually work. I generally consider a “spoof” flick successful if over 50% of its jokes click, but in this film, I don’t think I laughed at more than 10% of the jokes. In fact, it’s pretty obvious to anyone who watches this movie that a) the screenwriter knows very little about superhero movies and would rather just make “stupid jokes” within a superhero storyline and b) that it took must’ve taken him about a weekend to write this entire script, without really proofreading it or attempting to make it as funny as possible. In other words, “Let’s crank ‘em out, mention Facebook, iPhones and Google every now and again, add some fart jokes and the kids will love it!!”

Frankly, I’m insulted by movies like this that don’t even attempt to optimize their jokes or humor and would rather just fill themselves up with cameos galore, in the hopes of a “big opening weekend” and a nifty profit. So a big “fuck you” to everyone who participated in this film for selling out (and yeah, that includes you, Mr. and Mr. Weinstein) and for forgetting what made movies “special” to them in the first place. Blaming the actors would be too easy, but most of them actually do alright within the structure of the film, which in its only defense, doesn’t try and toss every other movie into its storyline and concentrates rather on the entire first SPIDER-MAN movie for its plotline (with a little X-MEN thrown in). Major kudos for that! I much prefer when they try and spoof 1-2 movies alone, rather than 100 in one shot, but the only problem in this case was that they simply forgot to add actual humor! Sara Paxton is really hot though and Missus C (aka Marion Ross) does a great job as the Aunt May wannabe, but the rest of the cameos are pretty bad and embarrassing, especially Pamela Anderson, who is literally in the film for less than 30 seconds (if only we could say the same for Leslie Nielsen…oy-vey).

Other “names” that filter through this thing include the great Keith David, the generally funny Christopher McDonald, Brent Spiner, Jeffrey Tambor, Robert Hays (of AIRPLANE fame!!), Tracy Morgan, Regina Hall, Craig Bierko and others. None make much of an impression, to be honest with you. The only other “good thing” about this film is that it only lasts about 78 minutes, and even though the dude playing Tom Cruise is pretty hilarious in the movie, I think the clips I’d seen of him in the film’s trailer, were longer than his actual appearance in the movie! Surprisingly, the film’s final half-hour is more entertaining than its first 30 minutes, although that’s really not saying much. All that said, please SKIP this movie, tell your friends to skip this movie, tell your family to skip this movie, in fact, if you have some time on your hands, write a letter to the Weinstein brothers telling them to stop making these fuckin’ shitty “spoof comedies” and drop-kick every single one of those SCARY MOVIE writers (Jason Friedberg/Aaron Seltzer) out of Hollywood already!! (next up, DISASTER MOVIE starring Kim Kardashian?!?!?!). PS: My brother and I wrote a pretty funny “spoof script” a few years back…if interested, drop me a line. Hehehe.
(c) 2014 Berge Garabedian
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1:58PM on 01/29/2010

The Love of Stupid Humor

I am not attempting to condone or promote use of narcotics, but when under the influence of them, this movie can be enjoyable. Yes, its stupid, has no real point, and I think that is why people don't want it, we like to see ourselves as intelligent people with sophisticated tastes. Once and a while, it doesn't hurt to dumb down all thought processes to enjoy some outright stupidity.
I am not attempting to condone or promote use of narcotics, but when under the influence of them, this movie can be enjoyable. Yes, its stupid, has no real point, and I think that is why people don't want it, we like to see ourselves as intelligent people with sophisticated tastes. Once and a while, it doesn't hurt to dumb down all thought processes to enjoy some outright stupidity.
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11:24AM on 07/09/2008

It's like CRACK

See the problem with crack (from what I've heard) is that you get the best high imaginable...the first time. You then spend the rest of your life trying to get that high again, and you never do. These movies are like that. Airplane, Naked Gun, Blazing Saddles, these movies set us up for certain expectations so we keep going back hoping to get that "high", but they just keep failing us.
See the problem with crack (from what I've heard) is that you get the best high imaginable...the first time. You then spend the rest of your life trying to get that high again, and you never do. These movies are like that. Airplane, Naked Gun, Blazing Saddles, these movies set us up for certain expectations so we keep going back hoping to get that "high", but they just keep failing us.
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3:54AM on 07/09/2008

Couldn't agree more

I'm surprised a movie of this caliber is receiving as much support as is... I couldn't have like a movie less than "Superhero Movie." I would say it appeals to the lowest common denominator, but as a fan of Howard Stern... I refuse to accept that distinction.

Seriously, there is nothing unique, original, or clever by any of these spoof movies. They know they can slap this shit together on the cheap, throw in Carmen Electra, Pamela Anderson and market the slop to kids in 5th grade.

What I
I'm surprised a movie of this caliber is receiving as much support as is... I couldn't have like a movie less than "Superhero Movie." I would say it appeals to the lowest common denominator, but as a fan of Howard Stern... I refuse to accept that distinction.

Seriously, there is nothing unique, original, or clever by any of these spoof movies. They know they can slap this shit together on the cheap, throw in Carmen Electra, Pamela Anderson and market the slop to kids in 5th grade.

What I do find funny is there was a "Superhero Movie DVD" ad-banner running on top of the main page when I clicked this article. The marketing firm must be thrilled that Jo loves their film so much.

Bravo!
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3:27AM on 07/09/2008
Ummmmm.. there's no way this is as bad as EPIC MOVIE or MEET THE SPARTANS which were some of the worst films I have ever seen. Yes, it's not perfect, and yes the writers don't really know the ins and outs of the genre, but it was a quick, rather funny and easy to digest little flick. I have definitly seen worse, and with popcorn and good company I had a decent time at the theatre. It only ran 75 minutes, and I had a fairly good time.
Take it easy, JoBlo :-) I'm sure you've seen worse than
Ummmmm.. there's no way this is as bad as EPIC MOVIE or MEET THE SPARTANS which were some of the worst films I have ever seen. Yes, it's not perfect, and yes the writers don't really know the ins and outs of the genre, but it was a quick, rather funny and easy to digest little flick. I have definitly seen worse, and with popcorn and good company I had a decent time at the theatre. It only ran 75 minutes, and I had a fairly good time.
Take it easy, JoBlo :-) I'm sure you've seen worse than this.
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12:17AM on 07/09/2008
Someone needs some anger management but yes, I pretty much agree with you. It's not that good of a movie but it's not bad either.
Someone needs some anger management but yes, I pretty much agree with you. It's not that good of a movie but it's not bad either.
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