Part of Loft Staff Selects, a monthly series showcasing film favorites chosen by our amazing Loft Cinema staff! This month’s film was chosen by SARAH JARDINI, Projectionist!
“This superhero spoof achieves peaks of sublime nuttiness.” – Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle
In this hilariously oddball all-star comedy, based on Dark Horse’s “Flaming Carrot Comics,” the strangest superhero group in history is assembled to strike down evil with the mighty sword of teamwork and the hammer of not bickering! When Captain Amazing (Greg Kinnear), Champion City’s legendary superhero, falls into the hands of the evil madman Casanova Frankenstein (Geoffrey Rush) and his disco-dancing henchmen, there’s suddenly a chance for the city’s aspiring superheroes to show what they can do. They’re the Mystery Men … a ragtag team of superhero wannabes featuring: Mr. Furious (Ben Stiller), whose power comes from his boundless rage; The Shoveler (William H. Macy), a father who shovels “better than anyone;” The Blue Raja (Hank Azaria), a fork-flinging mama’s boy; The Bowler (Janeane Garofalo), who fights crime with the help of her father’s skull; The Spleen (Paul Reubens), whose power is pure flatulence; Invisible Boy (Kel Mitchell), who’s only invisible when no one’s watching; and The Sphinx (Wes Studi), a cliché-spewing philosopher. They’re not your classic superheroes. They’re not your favorites. But they just might save the world. A hilariously clever spoof, Mystery Men subversively rewrites the mythology of the superhero film from the inside out. (Dir. by Kinka Usher, 1999, USA, 122 mins., Rated PG-13)