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Mystery Men [1999] (1 disc)

Director:Kinka Usher
Writer:Neil Cuthbert
Composer:Stephen Warbeck
Length:122 minutes
(2 hours 2 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Suggested Event Use:Friday 13
Sorting Category:Graphic Novel
Sorting Tub:Bravo
IMDB Rating:5.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:62%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: The life of the city's greatest superhero lies in the falable hands of a group of aspiring superheros.

Reaction: Quite unusual, but there is a lot of quirky fun to be had here.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Kinka Usher => Director / Moe
Neil Cuthbert => Writer
Stephen Warbeck => Composer
Angelica Bridges => Furry
Artie Lange => Big Red
Ben Stiller => Mr. Furious
CeeLo Green => Rapper (as Thomas Burton aka Cee-Lo)
Claire Forlani => Monica
Corbin Bleu => Butch
Dane Cook => Waffler
Doug Jones => Pencilhead
Eddie Izzard => Tony P.
Geoffrey Rush => Casanova Frankenstein
Greg Kinnear => Captain Amazing / Lance Hunt
Hank Azaria => The Blue Raja
Janeane Garofalo => The Bowler
Kel Mitchell => The Invisible Boy
Lena Olin => Dr. Annabel Leek
Louise Lasser => Violet
Michael Bay => Frat Boy
Monet Mazur => Becky Beaner
Paul Reubens => The Spleen
Pras => Tony C. (as Prakazrel Michel)
Tom Waits => Dr. Heller
Wes Studi => The Sphinx
William H. Macy => The Shoveller

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Tom Waits' odd hand gestures when explaining the psychofrakulator were the result of him writing his dialogue on his fingers and reading the words as he went along.
  • The Shoveler's inspiring "egg salad" speech to the team is a spoof of William Shakespeare's St. Crispin's Day speech from Henry V; even going as far as saying "Those of us who survive this night will wear our scars proudly," much like Shakespeare wrote "Then will he strip his sleeves and show his scars."
  • The bowler's skull-ball was a custom ball. After the release of the movie, bowling ball manufacturer Ebonite made a less-detailed version of the skull ball as part of their "Super Fun Ball" line.
  • The Bowler's stream-of-consciousness monologue in support of independent filmmaking at the conclusion of the film was originally not intended to be included in the finished print. Janeane Garofalo was instructed by director Kinka Usher to say whatever came to her mind at the time. Usher simply wanted to use up some excess film. Usher liked her performance so much he edited it into the final print.