Mystery Men

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"Not your classic superheroes...they're the other guys."
  • PG-13
  • 1999
  • 2 hr 1 min
  • 6.1  (70,822)
  • 65

Mystery Men is a 1999 superhero comedy film directed by Kinka Usher, starring an ensemble cast including Ben Stiller, Janeane Garofalo, William H. Macy, Hank Azaria, Greg Kinnear, and Paul Reubens. The movie is based on the Dark Horse Comic book of the same name and features visibly tarnished, everyday superheroes attempting to save the day.

The film takes place in a fictional metropolis called Champion City, where Captain Amazing (Kinnear), the city's greatest superhero, has been kidnapped by the evil villain Casanova Frankenstein (Geoffrey Rush). In an attempt to save him, a group of unlikely superheroes come together. The film follows their journey to become a team of misfit superheroes and save the city.

The main character is Mr. Furious (Stiller), a raging superhero who gains his powers from his rage. He is joined by The Blue Raja (Azaria), a vigilante who wears a British costume and hurls forks as weapons. The Shoveler (Macy), a blue-collar worker who fights with a shovel, and The Bowler (Garofalo), who uses her deceased father's ball to defeat enemies, also join the team.

In addition to these quirky heroes, Mystery Men also features a cast of bizarre villains, including the Disco Boys, an absurd gang who perform on roller skates, Dr. Heller (Reubens), a mad scientist who has the ability to weaponize flatulence, and Frankenstein's henchmen, who are based on classic horror monsters.

The film's humor relies on the absurdity of the superheroes and their abilities. The characters are unusually flawed, prone to over-the-top melodramatic performances, or are just outright bizarre. The heroes regularly doubt themselves, leading to humorous and ironic situations in the film.

The film's special effects are impressive, considering it was made over two decades ago. The creators make great use of colorful comic book styling and visual effects. It creates a sense of realism and color that blends well with the exaggerated characters and their extraordinary powers.

Mystery Men's soundtrack is composed of upbeat rock, rap, and pop songs, paired with sequence-appropriate music. The catchy tunes accentuate the action and humor in the film. Notable tracks include Smash Mouth's "All Star" and William H. Macy's "You Belong to the City."

Overall, Mystery Men is a satirical gem that offers a fresh take on the superhero genre. The humor is often slapstick and relies on parodies, but it allows for a lighthearted, fun film that offers a unique take on heroes and villains. The cast, including Ben Stiller, William H. Macy and Janeane Garofalo, brings charm and comedic talent to the story. Mystery Men may have been a box office disappointment upon its release, but it has since become a cult classic over the years, worth watching for its humor, action and absurdity.

In conclusion, if you're up for a superhero film that doesn't take itself too seriously, full of off-kilter humor and an unconventional cast of characters, then Mystery Men is the film for you. The movie delivers an enjoyable viewing experience with an unconventional and satirical look at superhero tropes.

Mystery Men is a 1999 adventure movie with a runtime of 2 hours and 1 minute. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.1 and a MetaScore of 65.

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    2 hr 1 min
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    6.1  (70,822)
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