On DVD July 8th, 2008
Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, comic violence, drug references and language.
Craig Mazin (dir.)
Drake Bell as Rick Riker/Dragonfly
Sara Paxton as Jill Johnson
Christopher McDonald as Lou Landers/Hourglass
Pamela Anderson as Invisible Girl
Tracy Morgan as Professor Xavier
Leslie Nielsen as Uncle Albert Adams
Our reviews below:
Superhero! Movie Review By John C.
**1/2 (out of 4)
I went in expecting a unfunny, stupid, and offensive comedy, and it definitely was stupid and offensive, but definitely not unfunny. It is one of the funniest movies of the year. It is a shame that it was trashed by the critics that were allowed to see it and that people totally missed this (dare I say it?) hidden gem. Airplane! and The Naked Gun series are such classics, (it's not really in the same league, but you get the idea), so why not this? Is it because our society no longer wants a genre so popular at the time to be spoofed like this? Or maybe because in the past 28 years or so since Airplane! we have started to take offense to tasteless comedy? Or were people just insulted by the sight of a Dr. Stephen Hawking look alike, (Robert Joy), swearing and talking about sex and suicide and a complete bashing of Tom Cruise by excellent impersonator Miles Fisher? It spoofs almost every Marvel superhero that a movie has been made about, but mainly Spiderman (so it is definitely necessary to have seen the first and second Spiderman movies).
It begins with Rick Riker going on a class field trip (which leads to a very funny scene involving H2O9) and being bitten by a Dragonfly and turning into dragonfly guy. But his troubles don’t stop there, he has to defeat the evil Hourglass and become a true hero. All I can do is hope that it will find a second life on DVD.
Superhero Movie Review By Erin V.
***1/2 (out of 4)
Superhero Movie surpassed my expectations tenfold. This is one of the most amazing, stupid movies that I have ever seen and I loved every second of it. If you liked the Airplane movies, and The Naked Gun, you will probably at least enjoy Superhero Movie. Call me crazy, but this movie is a hidden gem!
I don’t know how to describe the plot line of this movie, except that it is a ‘superhero movie’. Some random young guy gets bitten by a dragonfly and gains super powers. [Pretty neat huh?] He becomes Dragonfly Guy, and discovers that he can climb walls, [and break-dance on them], and do all sorts of other cool things. I don’t want to ruin the movie so I probably shouldn’t say much more, except that there is this evil guy called The Hourglass, and this girl that he likes. [It’s Dragonfly Guy who likes the girl, not The Hourglass.] This movie also has ‘cameos’ from tons of famous people and superheros that play into the plot very nicely.
I can’t wait to view this on DVD, since I only saw it in theatres. With the massive amount of jokes and sight gags, after only one viewing I’m sure I missed a few. This is definitely one of the most finely crafted pieces of cinematic comedy this year. You can’t argue with that.
Consensus: A cinematic gem of comedy for all ages! [Except small children.] *** (out of 4)
Superhero Movie is available with the following bonus features:
Feature commentary By Writer/Director Craig Mazin and Producers David Zucker and Robert K. Weiss
Meet the Cast
The Art of Spoofing