Mystery Men

Mystery Men

Kinka Usher (1999)

116min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
An eclectic cast and impressive production design add a quality sheen to this mildly diverting superhero spoof, based on the Dark Horse comic. The joke is that these saviours of Champion City possess abilities that are of no use whatsoever - fork-throwing expertise, shovel-wielding skills, noxious bodily odours and so on. At a shade over two hours, Kinka Usher's film is much too long to sustain the script's slender humour quota. However, with actors of the calibre of William H Macy, Greg Kinnear, Ben Stiller, Wes Studi and Geoffrey Rush, it's never short of quirky appeal.

Summary

Would-be superheroes constantly bungle all efforts to combat evil, and are always outshone by successful crimefighter Captain Amazing. However, when the Captain's latest attempt to boost his public profile leaves him in the clutches of an evil criminal mastermind, it falls to the hapless band to save the city. Comedy, starring Ben Stiller, William H Macy, Hank Azaria and Geoffrey Rush.

Cast & Crew

The Blue Raja Hank Azaria
The Bowler Janeane Garofalo
The Shoveler William H Macy
Invisible Boy Kel Mitchell
The Spleen Paul Reubens
Mr Furious Ben Stiller
The Sphinx Wes Studi
Captain Amazing / Lance Greg Kinnear
Tony P Eddie Izzard
Tony C Prakazrel Michel
Dr Annabel Leek Lena Olin
Casanova Frankenstein Geoffrey Rush
Monica the waitress Claire Forlani
Dr Heller Tom Waits
Violet, the Blue Raja's mom Louise Lasser
Vic Weems Ricky Jay
Butch Corbin Bleu
Frat Boy Michael Bay
Pencilhead Doug Jones
Director Kinka Usher
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: May be edited for language and violence. Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 26 Dec 1999
Comedy