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Mystery Men - Greg Kinnear, William H Macy, Geoffrey Rush, Kinka Usher

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Based on the Dark Horse comic, Mystery Men casts Ben Stiller, Hank Azaria, William H Macy, Paul Reubens, Wes Studi, Janeane Garafaolo and Mitchell Pras as seven lame superhero wannabes, who are called upon to use their dubious "powers" to save a bustling metropolis when Champion City's beloved real superhero-protector, Captain Amazing (Greg Kinnear), is kidnapped. The wannabe heroes square off against the vile villain, Casanova Frankenstein (Geoffrey Rush), and his beautiful sidekick, Doctor Annabel Leek (Lena Olin), as they try to stop Casanova's dastardly plot to take over the city.

Persons of interest

  • Hank Azaria .... The Blue Raja
  • Claire Forlani .... Monica
  • Janeane Garofalo .... The Bowler
  • Greg Kinnear .... Captain Amazing/Lance Hunt
  • William H Macy .... The Shoveller
  • Kel Mitchell .... The Invisible Boy
  • Lena Olin .... Dr Annabel Leek
  • Paul Reubens .... The Spleen
  • Geoffrey Rush .... Casanova Frankenstein
  • Ben Stiller .... Mr Furious
  • Wes Studi .... The Sphinx
  • Tom Waits .... Dr A Heller
  • Eddie Izzard .... Tony P
  • Artie Lange .... Big Red
  • Louise Lasser .... Violet
  • Ricky Jay .... Victor Weems
  • Jenifer Lewis .... Lucille
  • Pras .... Tony C
  • Ernie Lee Banks .... Ted
  • Gerry Becker .... Banyon
  • Ned Bellamy .... Funk
  • Corbin Bleu .... Butch
  • Philip Bolden .... Roland
  • Bob Burden .... Author: Comic book series by Dark Horse
  • Neil Cuthbert .... Screenwriter
  • Kinka Usher .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Har, har, har!

Imagine all the Batman films rolled into one with all the wanky bits taken out. Then lower the IQ of the good guys by a hundred points or so. Then turn the lights on.

Mystery Men is a laugh. It takes the piss out of every superhero you ever met, and piss-taking, as you well know, is one of my favourite pastimes. The design, effects and concepts are really cool. Losers fall out of the sky. Heroes stuff up and disco makes a comeback

*Shudders*.

Greg Kinnear is Mister Cheese (for as long as his character is alive: they kill the hero! Woo hoo!) to a T. The wannabes are all complete losers, even the cute loser who manages to find himself and the strength that comes from being yourself, then gets the girl. For the longest time, I didn't even realise that he was cute (no mean feat considering that I have a built-in babe detector) and I didn't even mind the Hollywood ending because there'd been so much irony that the film couldn't have been truly made in Hollywood (someone obviously decided that sticking to the original story was a good idea! imagine!) Geoffrey Rush is over the top in that way he specialises in. Whatever.

If you like superhero action stuff-ups, you'll like Mystery Men. If you want realism, go watch The Bill.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen
  • Special features:
    • Biographies: Cast and filmmaker
    • Commentaries: Kinka Usher (Director)
    • Deleted scenes
    • Documentaries:
      • Spotlight on location
      • Origin of Mystery Men comic book characters
      • Music highlights
    • Featurettes: Production notes
    • Trailers: Theatrical

Security censorship classification

PG (Medium level violence, low level coarse language)

Surveillance time

121 minutes (2:01 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD retail: Undated June 2000

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