Mystery Men (Widescreen) (Bilingual)
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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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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.
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!Read more ›
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 ...Read more ›
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Misfits type-cast in stereotypical social 'loser' roles win the day through perseverance.Published 13 months ago by Steve Dent
Captain Amazing (Greg Kinnear) is the hero of Champion City, but when he’s kidnapped by the evil Casanova Frankenstein (Geoffrey Rush), a ragtag team of wannabe superheroes must... Read morePublished 16 months ago by A.P. Fuchs, author of The Axiom-man Saga
Funny show, looked a long time to find this one, good actors, if you wanna laugh you should purchase this one!Published on July 1 2014 by Tony
Regardez un excellent film avec votre lecteur HD-DVD et profitez d'une image et d'un son extraordinaire. Bon rapport qualité prix imbattable!Published on Feb. 20 2014 by Richard Pinette
Everything was perfect. The shipping was fast. For sure, I'll buy an other dvd from this seller. The DVD was in perfect conditionPublished on Feb. 26 2012 by Tyrack
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