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Peter Hewitt (2006)

84min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Imagine a mix of Sky High and The Incredibles with all the fun, laughs and clever adventure taken out and you've got director Peter Hewitt's atrocious comic-book fiasco. Washed-up superhero Tim Allen is coerced into half-heartedly training Team Phoenix - four "gifted" youngsters - for battle. What the former Captain Zoom doesn't know is the villain about to re-visit Earth is his long-lost brother turned evil by experimental government gamma rays. All of this is mirthless to a mind-numbing degree with the focus on juvenile fart, snot and burp gags. The acting is also terrible - Allen goes through the motions, love interest Courteney Cox pratfalls for nonexistent giggles and wacky professor Chevy Chase is simply embarrassing. Even the poor special effects-driven action is lame - the best bit being Team Phoenix attempting to control a malfunctioning flying saucer. It ends, as most failed comedies do, with an out-take reel over the credits. And that's not funny either!

Summary

A washed-up superhero realises the world is facing destruction when his evil brother returns from exile in another dimension. He takes on the task of training four gifted youngsters to harness their powers and rescue the planet. Comedy adventure, starring Tim Allen, Courteney Cox, Chevy Chase, Spencer Breslin and Kevin Zegers.

Cast & Crew

Jack Shepard/Captain Zoom Tim Allen
Marsha Holloway Courteney Cox
Dr Grant Chevy Chase
Tucker Willams/Mega-Boy Spencer Breslin
Connor Shepard/Concussion Kevin Zegers
Summer Jones/Wonder Kate Mara
Dylan West/Houdini Michael Cassidy
Cindy Collins/Princess Ryan Newman
Director Peter Hewitt
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Sony PicturesAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 22 Dec 2006
Comedy Drama Children's