"How do you get to be a Special? You go to a special school." The jibes one endures when a part of the "sixth or seventh best superhero team in the world." The Strobe (Thomas Haden Church) has become vain and self-absorbed, his frustrated wife Ms. Indestructible (Paget Brewster) has gone looking for love in the arms of the Weevil (Rob Lowe), and sex-mad, blue-faced punk Amok (Jamie Kennedy) is getting bored with being a good guy and longs for his supervillain days, when he could sneak a cigarette without publicity fallout. The team is like a bored group of kids stuck indoors on a rainy day, and inaction and frustration has led to backbiting, infighting, love affairs, and long-held grudges. The hilariously disastrous unveiling of their action figures (with such absurd accessories as "a giant meat thermometer") is the final straw: the Specials are no more.
On the surface The Specials looks like a sitcom version of Mystery Men with a droller sense of humor ("Remember the time we caught and drained the Blister?"). The sly script drops the misfit bunch into a suburban world where superheroes are just another part of the media and marketing landscape. First-time director Craig Mazin is a little clumsy putting it all together and perhaps too effectively captures the bland, everyday-ness of the setting, but he tweaks familiar clichés with straight-faced absurdity. The underplayed performances and deadpan gags soon catch up to the concept, and by the end it emerges as the funniest, smartest superhero parody in ages. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
For anybody just becoming a fan of Thomas Haden Church, I'd advise you to see this movie.
This is Thomas at his best (also, it was before his brunette period! Read more
I picked up the specials looking to see some heroics or comedy or drama. What I got was a load of trash. Read morePublished on March 4 2002 by Amazon Customer
Don't get me wrong Mystery Men was good... But this movie (the Specials) Is GREAT! I was laughing the whole way through and just enjoying the fun original script and simply Superb... Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2002 by Lukey20
A nice little 'cult' film. It is a more deadpan and less goofy version of "Mystery Men", which was funny, but never really lived up to its potential. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2002
Superheroes that never use their powers are not actually superheroes. Instead, they are pretty much just regular people with regular problems, which makes this movie extremely... Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2001 by Tim Barkow
The Specials is proof positive that large budgets do nothing but stifle creative freedom. Monty Pythons Holy Grail and Life of Brian were great movies because they didn't have any... Read morePublished on June 15 2001 by James B.
This isn't a film for everyone: if you grew up reading comic books and you like Spinal Tap or the underplayed style of British humor, you'll laugh your tuckus off. Read morePublished on June 11 2001 by Tevis Fen-Kortiay
I found this movie by accident at a local rental shop and after I watched it I decided I had to own it. Read morePublished on May 20 2001 by Sean D. Kelly