Mystery Men (1999)

A trio of superheros keep the streets of Champion City safe, at least they like to think they help.  The city’s true hero, Captain Amazing, has become bored fighting petty criminals now that all the super-villians are locked up.  He arranges to have his arch nemesis, Casanova Frankenstein, released from the loony bin so that he has something fun to do.  The ‘wanna bes’ want to help, so Mr. Furious (Ben Stiller), The Shoveler (William H. Macy) & The Blue Raja (Hank Azaria) are on the case.  Amazing is captured and it is now up to our “heroes” to stop Frankenstein from destroying the city.  After getting their ass kicked, they realize that they are going to need some help, so they gather up some new recruits – the fart-blasting Spleen (Paul Rubens), the possibly invisible Invisible Boy (the other kid from Good Burger) & the skull ball hurling Bowler (Janeane Garofalo).  With the help of the mystic Sphinx, they learn to work together to defeat evil!

Alex’s Thoughts:  Is there a movie out there with a better cast?  I think it might be hard to find one.  Everyone in this movie was great with the exception of the Sphinx (who I swear is Edward James Olmos every time I watch this), and everyone’s comedic timing is near perfect.  The story is ho-hum, but the superheros make it what it is.  It is an enjoyable flick for probably anyone, and you don’t need to like superhero movies or comic books to enjoy this.  I also need to step in and say that Hank Azaria is a great actor and not just one of the best voice actors out there.  Alex Rates This Movie 7/10

Tim’s Thoughts: I loved this movie when it first came out, and now I think I just really like it. Not quite timeless as it feels very much a product of it’s era. Still a lot of fun, and some great performances from everyone, but really what do you expect with that cast? Keep your eyes peeled for a Dane Cook cameo (before he was famous) and let’s be honest, it has Tom Waits, that is usually enough for me. Tim Rates This Movie 7/10

“We struck down evil with the mighty sword of teamwork and the hammer of not bickering.”

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