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Mystery Men (Widescreen) (Bilingual)

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  • Actors: Ben Stiller, Janeane Garofalo, William H. Macy, Hank Azaria, Kel Mitchell
  • Directors: Kinka Usher
  • Writers: Bob Burden, Neil Cuthbert
  • Producers: Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin, Mike Richardson, Robert Engelman, Steven Gilder
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Jan. 18 2005
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 197 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000035Z38
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,546 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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The hippest cast in history has united to become the funniest superhero team ever. Ben Stiller, Janeane Garofalo, Hank Azaria, William H. Macy, Greg Kinnear, Geoffrey Rush and Paul Reubens join forces in this wild, funny and thoroughly original misadventure. When Captain Amazing, Champion City's legendary superhero, falls into the hands of the evil madman Casanova Frankenstein and his disco-dancing henchmen, there's suddenly a chance for the aspiring superheroes to show what they can do. They're the Mystery Men… a ragtag team of superhero wannabes featuring: Mr. Furious, whose power comes from his boundless rage; The Shoveler, a father who shovels "better than anyone"; The Blue Raja, a fork-flinging mama's boy; The Bowler, who fights crime with the help of her father's skull; The Spleen, whose power is pure flatulence; Invisible Boy, who's only invisible when no one's watching and The Sphinx, a cliche-spewing philosopher. With its outrageous adventure, incredible cast and hip alternative humor, Mystery Men is so irresistibly funny and appealing, seeing it just once will never be enough.


Ever wonder if there was a class system in the world of superheroes? After all the big names like Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, etc., who were the supporting players? The folks assigned to the less-than-stellar gigs of saving only a small part of the world? According to this intermittently successful send-up of comic book heroism, there are indeed masked heroes who struggle and toil for their moment in the super sun. Based on the Dark Horse comic book series, Mystery Men follows the travails of three B-list avengers--Mr. Furious (Ben Stiller), the Shoveler (William H. Macy), and the Blue Raja (Hank Azaria)--as they fight to make themselves known to the citizens of Champion City, quite difficult to do when the flashy Captain Amazing (Greg Kinnear, never better) takes all the cool gigs and has product endorsements up the ying-yang. According to them, it's all a matter of timing--never mind that Mr. Furious never rises above a snit, or that the Blue Raja wears green. Their big break comes when Captain Amazing is abducted by the evil Casanova Frankenstein (Geoffrey Rush), and it's up to this motley crew to save Champion City.

Blessed with a wondrously gifted comic cast and full of droll details, Mystery Men struggles in fits and spurts towards its climax. Transcendently witty in parts, it's also woefully sophomoric in others. Literally, this is the kind of movie in which someone gets off a brilliant line and then sits on a fork. Still, when this movie is rolling, it's gleefully on target, thanks primarily to the mordantly cocky Stiller and Janeane Garofalo as a latecomer to the superhero gang; her secret weapon is a bowling ball in which her dead father's head is encased. The comic chemistry between these two is fierce, and when you add the dryly funny Macy and the endearing Azaria (who finally gets a chance to let loose with his comic gifts), it's a hilarious joyride. Too bad that the gas tank is only half-full; this stunning cast deserves a first-rate vehicle. With Tom Waits as a weapons expert, Claire Forlani as the requisite babe, and Paul Reubens as the Spleen, the world's most flatulent superhero. --Mark Englehart

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This is a 4-star movie increased to 5 stars with Janeane Garofalo's riotous inclusion as "The Bowler". With her father's skull, Carmine, imbedded within the flying bowling ball, not only does she wield a wicked strike on every toss, her witty banter keeps the movie alive.
I am not particularly a Ben Stiller fan, but he does a sound job as the dubious "Mr. Furious". His claim to fame was that he once pushed a bus ... that was already moving. Imbued with dubious super-strength whenever he gets furious, his jumping upon the antagonist's limosine is a riot as he couldn't really do anything else in comparison to his teammates.
William Macy is amazing as "The Shoveler". He can wield a mighty mean shovel and was the most physical member of the team. His job as a construction worker was where he primed his talent.
Hank Azaria as the "Blue Raja", a fork and spoon tosser with a supposedly far east Indian background was a riot. He was anything but "blue" while covered mostly greens and browns, coupled with his fake British accent while he is an American demonstrated a character completely quirky.
With the capture of Greg Kinnear's "Captain Amazing", the group held a tryout where more wanna-be heroes came to audition. Ranging from "Pencil Head" and his sidekick, "Son of Pencil Head" to "The Waffler", the audition was a complete bust. However, the late arrival of Janeane's "The Bowler" awed them with her talent and capability.
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Champion City is the home of one of the greatest superheroes of all time: Captain Amazing. Unfortunatly for him, his crime fighting skills have left him without any publicity left except for the odd toothpaste commercial. Reduced to fighting gangs at nursing homes and steadily loosing his sponsers, Captain Amazing comes up with a plan. Using his alterego, the millionaire Lance Hunt, he bids for the release of one of his favourite arch-villains to be released in the hopes of defeating him and gaining some much-needed recognition. Thus, Casanova Frankenstein is released.
But there is another level to the superhero regime: the Shoveller (whose weapon is various types of shovels), the Blue Rajah (who throws forks, has a fake British accent and still lives with his mum) and Mr Furious (whose power comes from his barely controlled temper and has trouble coming up with suitable comebacks) are all wannabe heroes, who usually emerge from a fight with black eyes. Yet when Captain Amazing goes missing, they agree that it's up to them to stop Casanova and rescue the city from whatever terrible scheme he's cooking up.
To do this, the boys need reinforcements: after a rather dismal audition for new recruits to the team, the trio install the Bowler, whose murdered father's skull she keeps incased in a bowling ball, the Spleen whose power comes from the awful potency of his flatulence, and the Invisible Boy...who can only turn invisible when no one's looking at him. Rounding it off is the Sphinx, who takes the superheroes in for some physcho-babble training ("control your power, or your power will control you", and so on), and Professor Heller, who provides the team with the non-lethal weapons he invents.
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I wrote a review about 'Mystery Men' in 2001, when I had only seen it once and it was one of my first reviews, and it was three lines long. Since then, I have literally seen it again hundreds of times, and wrote over a hundred more reviews, so why do I like this movie so much?
It doesn't have much of a storyline, but that's not what they concentrated the movie on, they concentrated it on stúpid comedy, dúmb quotes and unique charecters. Basically, what happened was that these three wánnabe superheroes that live in Champion City, but there is already another superhero, 'Captain Amazing' who is actually millionaire, 'Lance Hunt' in disguise. When he goes missing the Mystery Men have to try and save him, and save the world.
The comedy was very láme, and only some people don't find it funny, but some, like me, find it hilarious. I know four other people who have seen this movie, and only one of them liked it. I think it is just too stúpid for most people.
The charecters were the best part about the movie, and had nine main charecters. First, there was Mr. Furious (Ben Stiller: Zoolander, The Ben Stiller Show) whose secret power was being incredibly furious. The Blue Raja (Hank Azaria: The Simpsons) had a secret power of throwing forks at people. The Shoveller (William H. Macy: Jurassic Park III) had a secret power of hitting people with a shovel. They were the three original charecters, but after recruiting, they first got The Spleen (Paul Ruebens: Dr Dolittle [voice]) and his secret power was to fart. The next recruit was The Invisible Boy (Kel Mitchell: Kenan & Kel), who could only turn invisible when no-one's watching him, and becomes invisible again when he looks at himself.
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