Opening Today: “Superhero Movie” Flies Past Critics

SUPERHERO MOVIE – the latest in too long a line of obviously named spoofs – opens today without benefit of critics screenings. We will refrain from pointing out the obvious inference, leaving you to draw your own conclusions. The listing for the film at Rotten Tomatoes reveals only one review, posted by Luke Y. Thompson in the OC Weekly blog:

Director Craig Mazin has delivered a groundbreaking, whip-smart comic-book spoof that deftly deconstructs the genre without relying on surface-level parody…it’s called The Specials, and it came out nearly eight years ago. Superhero Movie, which is only Mazin’s second directorial effort, is everything his first film was not: predictable, flat, name-dropping, tragically unhip, and likely to make a decent amount of cash.

Whatever the deficiencies of the movie itself, it has engendered a promotional video that brilliant parodies the infamous Tom Cruise Scientology video. If the whole film were this funny, it would be a comic masterpiece:

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Steve Biodrowski

Cinefantastique's Los Angeles Correspondent from 1987 to 1993 and West Coast Editor from 1993 to 1999. Currently the webmaster of Cinefantastique Online, I also run a website called Hollywood Gothique that covers Halloween Horror and Sci-Fi Cinema Events in the Los Angeles area.

One Response to “ Opening Today: “Superhero Movie” Flies Past Critics ”

  1. [...] Jeffrey Tambor also has a few good moments in a supporting role as a doctor whose concentration seems just a bit fuzzy. Robert Joy has a tasteless turn mercilessly mocking Stephen Hawking, but you have to admit that his scenes are hysterical (including a bit more or less swiped from O. J. Simpson’s ill-fortune in the NAKED GUN flicks). Leslie Neilsen does his by-now patented shtick, aided here by Marion Ross as his literal gas-bag of a wife. Pamela Anderson shows up briefly as the Invisible Girl from the Fantastic Four; she fills out the costume even better than Jessica Alba, and she gets a laugh or too as well. By far the best of all is Miles Fisher as Tom Cruise, but his spoof of the infamous Scientology promotional video is only briefly glimpsed; you can see much more of this footage here. [...]

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