One Minute Review: Mystery Men (1999)

Release Date
August 6, 1999
Director
Kinka Usher
Screenplay
Neil Cuthbert
Bob Burden
Based On A Comic Book Series By
Bob Burden
Distributed By
Universal Pictures
Budget
$68 million
Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Rated PG-13 for comic action violence and crude humor
121 minutes

Mystery Men

“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.

 

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