Mystery Men

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -1 1/2

Champion City is filled with hero wannabes, but the real hero is Captain Amazing (Greg Kinnear). Having cleaned up crime, he worries about future challenges to keep up his image. So Amazing secretly arranges to have his arch-enemy, Casanova Frankenstein (Geoffry Rush), released from prison to renew their rivalry again. But when Amazing disappears, it's up to a team of wannabes to find him and save the city. Led by The Shoveler (William H. Macy), the mystery men include The Blue Raja (Hank Azaria), Mr. Furious (Ben Stiller), The Spleen (Paul Reubens), and the Bowler (Janeane Garafolo). But their confidence and teamwork leave a little to be desired. Occassionally humorous dialogue and off-the-wall characters, joined by a soundtrack of popular hits, make MYSTERY MEN a fun movie. Based on the Dark Horse comics magazine, this spoof of classic super heroes is sure to be a hit with the Gen-X crowd.

The super wannabes are a motley crew with questionable powers. Blue Raja throws forks and spoons with questionable accuracy. Mr. Furious tries to use the power of rage but just can't get mad enough. The Spleen's power takes flatulence jokes to a new level. In one tasteless scene, a skunk tries to mate with the Spleen's leg. And he claim's his power is the result of a gypsy curse. The Bowler's ball contains a skull she claims is her father. She talks to it and apparently hears it talk back. In one scene, the ball acts under it's own power. The Shoveler must deal with a family that is less than supportive. Amazing, despite his wholesome image, pushes a wheelchaired lady out of his way and refuses a little boy's autograph request. The heroes are to be applauded for their stance on non-lethal weaponry, but moderate violence still seems excessive. A few scenes show grotesquely distorted heads and charred corpses. Although the language is fairly clean for recent films, two obscenities are slipped in, along with several moderate crudities. The bathroom humor combined with occultic references and powers, added with some objectionable language, make MYSTERY MEN considerably less than super.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Universal Pictures, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608, (818) 777-1000

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (7) times - Mild 1, moderate 6

Obscene Language: Few (2) times - F-word 1, s-word 1

Profanity: Several (5) - Regular 3 (G, Jeez 2), exclamatory 2 (OMG)

Violence: Many times - Moderate and severe (punches, hits w/shovel, property destruction, man sits on fork, pistol threats, grotesque burned corpse, man turns to stone & crumbles, faces distort, man's head splits apart

Sex: None

Nudity: Nude female mannequin (breast nudity), nude male (hands cover lap), female rear (side view as dress shrinks); Near nudity - man's pants drop

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Suggestive character name, sensual kiss, skunk rubs man's leg

Drugs: Alcohol, drunken behavior, boy questioned about marijuana use,. cigar smoking

Other: Hero arranges enemys prison release, hero cares more about image and product endorsement, statue appears to urinate, bloody kleenex in nose, flatulence, gypsy curse comes true, occultic activity with skull, eastern mystical sayings, man invents non-lethal weapons, walking on coals

Running Time: 133 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and young adults

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