Riker's (Bell) life wasn't anything special. No one notices him at high
school, the girl he adored doesn't even know that he exists and he is constantly
a figure of fun for the most popular guy in school but all changes when
his class visits a science lab. While on the tour he gets bitten by a genetically
engineered dragonfly, which makes him extremely ill but after sleeping for
five days he wakes up to feel better than he has ever done. Little does
he know but his body has changed and on his first day back at school he
discovers that he has superpowers, so Rick sets out to become the superhero
it comes to parodies, modern cinema has fallen into just making fun of the
previous year's releases and anything that was popular at the time of making
the movie but can 'Superhero Movie' be different?
'Scary Movie' series have a lot to answer for. Since the Wayans brothers
started parodying horror movies in 2000, Hollywood has been scraping the
bottom of the barrel and bombarding us with some of the most appalling so
called comedies. 'Date Movie', 'Meet the Spartans', 'Epic Movie' and of
course the main offenders, the 'Scary Movie' franchise, pushed the art of
parody to its lowest point.
David Zucker took over the 'Movie' franchise for 'Scary Movie 3', fans saw
the series pick up slightly and after the fourth film, Zucker and his creative
team decided to move the 'Movie' films in a new direction. Leaving horror
behind, the world of superheroes and super villains, 'Superhero Movie' sees
the franchise try and move the series away from just parodying films from
the previous year or commenting on popular cult, instead they decided to
take the mickey out of a resurgent genre that is taking the box office by
storm. Unfortunately they end up making the same mistakes.
Movie' takes a large chunk of 'Spider-Man' and mixes in a bit of 'X-Men',
'Fantastic Four' and many other Marvel Comics movies and produces an origin
story that is the same as our friendly neighbourhood wall crawler. Here
we have Rick Riker played by Drake Bell, geeky high school student who has
awful bad luck and no chance with the ladies. He adores his next-door neighbour
Jill Johnson, played by Sara Paxton but she has never noticed him as he
lives with his Aunt Lucille and Uncle Albert, played by 'Happy Days' favourite
Marion Ross and the king of parody Leslie Nielson. When his school visit
the local science lab, Rick is bitten by a genetically engineered dragonfly
and suddenly he doesn't quite feel himself. Sound familiar?
you decide to parody a genre or even a specific story you need to really
understand the themes you are trying to pay comedic homage to. The best
of the parody genre, 'Blazing Saddles', 'Young Frankenstein', 'Airplane'
and 'The Naked Gun', played on the clichés of the genre, not just recreating
key scenes or entire plotlines. 'Superhero Movie' just copies
and then throws in a few more movies to try and gain some laughs but they
fail dismally. 'Superhero Movie' is the lowest of the low. With only Leslie
Nielson as a saving grace, the film really scrapes the bottom of the barrel
for laughs, especially in one sequence that relies on flatulence for over
five minutes. This is one superhero movie that has no super powers for creating
Widescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic with a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, the
transfer is good.
by writer/director Craig Mazin and producers David Zucker and Robert K.
The writer/director and his producers provide a chatty and amusing commentary
for 'Superhero Movie'. The trio talk about the concept behind the movie,
moving away from horror films and trying to create a new franchise for
the 'Movie' series. They also talk about casting, talking passionately
and amusingly about Leslie Nielson and what he brings to the movie. This
is a commentary track that fans of the film should enjoy.
Ending (5.14 mins)
Watch a very different confrontation between Dragonfly and the Hour Glass
and see how it plays out.
Scenes (10.41 mins)
Entitled 'Rick changes in the Alley', 'Wall sit ups', 'Non-stick toilet
seat', 'Can you fix a prostate', 'Sick Rick (Extended)', 'CEO Chinese
food', 'Landers leg restraint', 'Collateral', 'Around the horn', 'Shithead's
guide to superhero costumes', 'Crazy editor (Extended)', 'Hourglass Bomb',
'Upside down kiss', 'Sticky Kiss', 'Elastic tongues', 'Automatic rain',
'Pop up Porn', 'Nurse gets whacked', 'Landers and Rick backstage', 'Dragonfly's
distraction' and 'More Tom Cruise', these deleted scenes suffer from the
lack of an introduction or commentary to explain why they are cut.
Cast (11.10 mins)
Director Craig Mazin, producers David Zucker and Bob Weiss and stars Drake
Bell, Christopher McDonald, Sara Paxton and Marion Ross talk about the
movie and the characters of the film.
of Spoofing (10.36 mins)
Director Craig Mazin, producers David Zucker and Bob Weiss and star Christopher
McDonald talk about the art of spoofing and how the 'Movie' films have
Watch the promotional trailer that announced the film at cinemas and online.
Watch trailers for 'The Hammer', 'The Nanny Diaries', 'I could never be
your Woman' and 'Finishing the Game'
The DVD treatment
for 'Superhero Movie' is one that fans (if there are any) of the movie
should enjoy. The commentary is good and the deleted scenes bring more
so called jokes to the screen. Fans will be pleased.
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