75 minutes approx
Rick Riker -
Jill Johnson -
Lou Landers -
Uncle Albert -
Aunt Lucille -
Dr Strom -
Written by -
Directed by -
Rick Riker is the butt of the class jokes and would be generally considered a loser by the other kids if they bothered to consider him at all. That is until he is bitten by a genetically-enhanced dragonfly and becomes the latest superhero in Empire City. But with great power comes great responsibility and the wrath of the newly-created supervillain The Hourglass.
If only great power also came with great jokes.
Or any jokes at all, for that matter.
AIRPLANE is amongst the SCI FI FREAK SITE's greatest comedy films of all time list and quite near to the top. THE NAKED GUN isn't, but was still pretty funny. We even liked HOT SHOTS PART DEUX (though not the first one). The genre spoof, however, has been dead for a very long time. The later NAKED GUNs, the SCARY MOVIEs, NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE, DATE MOVIE - all of them not funny.
And neither is SUPERHERO MOVIE. We managed a whole smile twice in the entire thing and they were more sympathy smiles than all out smirks.
The story is a rerun of SPIDER-MAN with an added dash of X-MEN, occasional flashes of FANTASTIC FOUR and it replays not just the iconic scenes but many of the less interesting scenes as well. Accuracy, though, is not enough. The audience might be able to think 'I remember that scene', but they soon get bored thinking 'and I remember how much better it was'.
It doesn't help that Rick Riker is no Tobey Maguire and Sara Paxton is no Kirsten Dunst. Christopher McDonald does better with The Hourglass, a rubbish sounding supervillain name, but actually a character that makes sense. Lelie Nielsen does what he has done ever since AIRPLANE, but for once is not an asset. Having Pamela Anderson pop up (and out) as the Invisible Woman is pure desperation, is this really the only job that Brent Spiner (Data from STAR TREK:THE NEXT GENERATION) can get these days and the jokes at the expense of Professor Stephen Hawking are inexcusable.
If the powers that be that rule Hollywood are listening then please hear this - No more. Just stop now. It's not funny and hasn't been for a long time.Top
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