MYSTERY MEN (1999 U.S.) D: KINKA USHER W: NEIL CUTHBERT P: LAWRENCE GORDON/LLOYD LEVIN/MIKE RICHARDSON
Here's a fun and unfairly neglected box-office flop superhero comedy. Ben Stiller (as Mr. Furious), William H. Macy (The Shoveler) and Hank Azaria (The Blue Raja) are three superhero wannabes constantly in the shadow of corrupt celebrity crime fighter Captain Amazing (Greg Kinnear). Amazing has super villain Casanova Frankenstein (Geoffrey Rush) released from lock-up so he'll have someone to fight. But the plan backfires and Amazing is kidnapped. So Stiller, Macy and Azaria are left to save Champion city with the help of a few new recruits. Janene Garofalo is The Bowler (with her father's skull in a bowling ball). Kel Mitchell is Invisible Boy. Paul Reubens is The Spleen (he farts), and Wes Studi is their mentor The Sphinx. With Tom Waits as a non-lethal weapons designer, Claire Forlani as a waitress, Lena Olin, Eddie Izzard, Louise Lasser, Artie Lange, Ricky Jay, Jennifer Lewis, Pras, Emmy Laybourne, director Usher, Simpson and Bruckheimer director Michael Bay, Marie Matiko, Mark Mothersbaugh, Stacey Travis, Jack Plotnick, Doug Jones, Dana Gould and (in deleted scenes on the DVD only) Luis Guzman. Very enjoyable audience entertainment that will hopefuly find it's deserved success on video, DVD and Cable.

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