|August 6, 1999|
|Based On A Comic Book Series By
|Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Rated PG-13 for comic action violence and crude humor
“Mystery Men” is a fully functional superhero spoof with an above average, comedic cast and a Burton-esque view at the underbelly of a city. Ben Stiller leads the ragtag gang of misfits with “special powers” which include wielding a shovel, throwing forks, and flatulation. No one stands out, no one really has a chance to shine and you could probably think of a handful of better actors that could have knocked these parts out of the park. Instead, we’re left with a completely average action-comedy with a self-aware abuse of the genre and a tongue-in-cheek demeanor. Catapulting the song “All Star” by Smash Mouth, that’s about the most memorable element to come out of this film, including a quick, but humorous cameo by Dane Cook.