Mystery Men 1999

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A group of inept amateur superheroes must try to save the day when a supervillian threatens to destroy a major superhero and the city.

Starring:
Hank Azaria, Ben Stiller
Runtime:
2 hours, 1 minute

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Director Robert Engelman
Starring Hank Azaria, Ben Stiller
Studio NBC Universal
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By lexo1941 on 15 Jun. 2004
Format: DVD
Mystery Men is the kind of joyful rubbish that Hollywood too rarely allows itself to make. I mean "rubbish" in the sense that this film will not morally elevate or uplift you in any way apart from making you laugh until you choke.
Champion City has been all but cleared of crime by the phenomenally skilled and heavily corporate-sponsored Captain Amazing, with the result that your average working stiff of a superhero has to work hard to make any sort of a difference. The story begins with three such stiffs: The Shoveller (imagine William H. Macy's self-deprecating little twitch as he admits "We fight crime, call it what you will"), the Blue Rajah (Hank Azaria with a pukka British accent - he throws forks and spoons at his enemies but refuses to throw knives because "my name's not Stab Man or Knifey Boy, it's the Blue Rajah") and Mr. Furious (Ben Stiller - he goes into an impressive murderous smoulder and then basically jumps up and down a lot and yells). Roundly defeated when they attempt to break up a robbery in an old folks' home, they are further humiliated when Captain Amazing (Greg Kinnear) finishes the job, takes the credit and treats them like wannabes.
Amazing himself is frustrated with the lack of newsworthy challenges; it's starting to affect his sponsorship deals, so in his secret identity as billionaire Lance Hunt (only Mr. Furious thinks they look alike; as the Shoveller wearily points out "Look, Lance Hunt wears glasses, Captain Amazing doesn't - how can he fight crime? He wouldn't be able to see!") he arranges the release from the lunatic asylum of notorious supervillain and flakeroo Casanova Frankenstein (Geoffrey Rush, chewing the scenery with gusto).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Aug. 2000
Format: DVD
Admittedly, 'Mystery Men' does need time to grow on you - but it's well worth the wait! The humour explodes within the first 5 minutes and then never lets up! The idea of a group of 3rd Division, super hero wannabes believing that they can mix it with the Premier League super villain, Casanova Frankenstein - is a pure delight! Particularly as they are cack-handedly responsible for the demise of the film's genuine super-hero, Captain Amazing, early on in the film! Casanova Frankenstein is a wonderfully devilish creation! Oozing evil and charm with every syllable he utters - is very reminiscent of the dry humour that made the exchanges between James Bond and his countless 'nemeses' so enjoyable! You'll have to see the film to appreciate the relevence of 'nemeses'! Throw in ridiculous 'super' powers such as devastating flatulence, a vengeful bowling-ball containing the skull of an equally vengeful bowler's father, an effectiveless fury, invisiblity that cannot be 'seen' (pardon the pun!), a thrower of his mother's forks and spoons, a shovel and a cliche-ridden philosopher; add a wonderful Q-type pastiche from Tom Waites who invents only 'non-fatal' weapons - such as 'A Whirlwind In a Can' and the brilliantly conceived 'Blame-thrower'; then, finally, mix in a performance from a cast that not only knock spots off Bruce Willis, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and Co but also look as though they're having a great time doing it aswell - and you finally end up with the recipe for a fantastically funny and brilliantly produced triumph! And if that isn't enough - there's the sublime brilliance of Eddie Izzard (Don't vorry, Tony, you vill dance again!) You must see it... again and again and again! If only 'Ballerina -Man' had been allowed to join the gang! (Again, you'll have to see the film to appreciate that little aside!) Whoever finds this film unfunny and witless must be some-one who finds collecting 1953 bus time-tables absolutely rivetting!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Poole on 7 Sept. 2005
Format: DVD
I saw this on a rainy Wednesday night, on my own, in an almost empty cinema in Leeds, while lonley and working away from home.
Under those circumstances that fact that it made me sit up in my seat, absorb every scene and laugh out loud hard and long is a testament to the insane optimism and superb performances that fill this wonderful and overlooked film to the brim.
These are the sort of superheros I know I could join:
The Shoveller (William H Macy) "I shovel really well...";
Mr Furious (Ben Stiller) who gets angry a lot and has a running comic book monologue about his life;
The Blue Raj - fantastic master of throwing deadly cutlery - but not knives;
Invisible Kid - who can turn invisible - but only when nobody is looking;
The Bowler - with her super-powered bowling ball containing the skull of her murdered father... "You put his skull in your bowling ball?" "Of course not!" she replies tartly and pauses, "I had the guy in the shop do it..."
...and many more.
Knockout turns from famous faces like Geoffrey Rush as the sadistic Casanova Frankenstein with Eddie Izzard as his disco obsessed henchman, and the patronising Captain Amazing, protector of Champion City - who gets his arch enemy released to bump up his own ratings and get some of his corporate sponsorship back.
Amazing tales, sparkling dialogue and a rousing cheer at the end. Sends you back into the real world with a big smile on your face and a question in your heart about what you own powers might possibly be...
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