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Mystery Men (Widescreen) (Bilingual)

3.4 out of 5 stars 199 customer reviews

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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 199 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000035Z38
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,799 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.

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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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The first time I saw this movie, I nearly died of laughter! This film is hilarious!
The futuristic Champion City is home to three outcasts who use creative "powers" to fight crime. Mr. Furious (Ben Stiller)uses his rage, The Shoveler (William H. Macy) uses a shovel, and The Blue Raja (Hank Azaria)uses forks. However, the only thing they ever do is get their... kicked, ALOT. On top of that, the Blue Raja wears green. The rich Captian Amazing (Greg Kinnear) also Lance Hunt, is the beloved superhero. Eager for publicity, he releases the worst supervillan of them all: Cassanova Frankenstein (Geoffrey Rush). He captures Amazing and plans on ruining Champion City. Aided by the Disco boys, Frankenstein stops Mr. Furious and friends from saving their rival, so they call in recruters. The Invisible Boy (Kel Mitchel) who only becomes invisible if he isin't seen, The Spleen (Paul Reubens)
who uses flatuates, and The Bowler (Janeane Garofalo), who uses her dead father's spirit in a bowling ball.
The group is not experienced, however, and neary killed. They are saved by the famous superhero from the south, The Shpynx (Wes Studi). He trains the Mystery Men and gives them new costumes. While trying to save Amazing, the dudes accidently kill him. The ending his exciting and funny.
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This film is subtle in the way that "Galaxy Quest" was subtle. It's not only an homage to super heroes,it's a parody,and a salute to fans who've had to endure ages of heroes whom are TOO perfect! So,if you enjoy subtle humour in that vein,you'll enjoy this. If you enjoy the sarcastic comedy of Ben Stiller & Janeane Garofalo,you'll enjoy this.
The story is thus: Champion City,the perfect city,is protected by the equally perfect,ever smug,and downright annoying,Captain Amazing.( Played brilliantly by Greg Kinnear ). Captain Amazing is such an obnoxious egomaniac,he even sells space on his outfit for sponsor logos! But his problems far surpass his ego,the simple fact is,he is so amazing he has put away every threatening criminal there is,and now must do something to save his own image! The solution? Unleash an insane master criminal from prison! Enter Cassanova Frankenstein ( Geoffrey Rush in grandiose villian mode! ),whom is hell bent on destroying Champion City and Captain Amazing! When the Captain underestimates Frankenstein,he winds up captured,and it's up to the 2nd string heroes to save him,and the city!
Bring on The Mystery Men,a rag tag trio of not-so-super heroes. Mr.Furious (Ben Stiller),he has the power to get really really angry! The Shoveller (William Macy),so called because he shovels really well! The Blue Raja (Hank Azaria),master of the fork and spoon! After a humiliating defeat by the Red Eye Gang,our disenchanted heroes are almost ready to throw in the towel,but when they learn of Capt.Amazing's capture....it's time to recruit more members and save the day!
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After all these negative reviews I was expecting to see the total flop, something barely watchable - like The Avengers - and the only reason I rented it was that the other option on the New Releases shelf was Patriot (it's Moscow, not LA). And now I am looking for the DVD.
No, I was not roaring with laughter all these 2 hours but the happy grin has appeared on the 2nd minute and I still wear it. Mystery Men is one of the films you either "buy" from the first moment till the last or just shrug it off, regretting whatever you've spent to see that nonsense.
Ordinary guys (and the girl) in weird outfits fighting the equally freakishly attired baddies had already made their appearance in this season's Galaxy Quest, and I never thought that another bunch of guys (and the girl) could be even more hilarious but...here they are!
There are many sorts of humor in this film and some of the jokes can make you flinch, but I think that's intentional - do we expect the endearing denizens of American freakdom to fire off something sleek every time? How are the misfits supposed to joke? In fact, they look so authentic I really believe all the "superheroes" at The Shoveler's backyard party were taken there by the studio's bus from their annual, monthly or daily convention somewhere in vicinity of the movie's set.
Ben Stiller portrays the big city loser, the screaming neurotic, who prefers to think that these fits of rage is his "superpower". Show me a more hilarious and loving satire in this year's releases. No, don't waste your time trying.
William H.Macy, sober white guy in interracial marriage, unable to forget he is the shovel-wielding virtuoso. His loving but so tired black wife, exasperated by the husband's unwillingness ...
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"Mystery Men" is one of my favorite movies and a delightful comedic romp through all the cliches of super-hero tales. It tells the tale of seven superheroes: the Shoveler, who must fight and shovel his way to justice; Mr. Furious, whose power comes from his boundless rage; the Blue Raja, my personal favorite, who is the master of cutlary and speaks with an English accent, which really makes sense if you know your history; Invisible Boy, who can use his powers only when no one, including himself, is looking at him; the Bowler, my other favorite, who is the daughter of a bowling superhero and and now controlls a bowling ball that has her father's skull preserved inside of it ("Did you put your father's skull in that ball?" "No, of course not! The guy at the pro shop did it."); the Spleen, otherwise known as Peewee Herman, who will show you his power if you pull his finger; and the Sphinx, who is mysterious, _terribly_ mysterious, and can bend iron and stuff with his mind, and offers such pearls of wisdom like, "If you do not control your anger, your anger will control you," and "If you have doubt about your powers, your only power will be your doubt." When Champion City's professional superhero, Captain Amazing, is put out of commission ("Don't touch _any_ more toggels!"), the only thing standing between Casanova Frankenstein, along with gangs like the Disco Boys, the Frat Boys, and the Ladies Dressed To Kill, are seven wanna-be heroes. And it's their own conviction, determination, and blind luck that cause them to succeed. I personally found this movie to be hilarious.Read more ›
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