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Superhero Movie (2008)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy | 28 March 2008 (USA)
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Orphaned high school student Rick Riker is bitten by a radioactive dragonfly, develops super powers (except for the ability to fly), and becomes a hero.

Director:

Craig Mazin

Writer:

Craig Mazin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Drake Bell ... Rick Riker
Sara Paxton ... Jill Johnson
Christopher McDonald ... Lou Landers
Leslie Nielsen ... Uncle Albert
Kevin Hart ... Trey
Marion Ross ... Aunt Lucille
Ryan Hansen ... Lance Landers
Keith David ... The Chief of Police
Brent Spiner ... Dr. Strom
Robert Joy ... Dr. Hawking
Jeffrey Tambor ... Dr. Whitby
Robert Hays ... Blaine Riker
Nicole Sullivan ... Julia Riker
Sam Cohen Sam Cohen ... Young Rick
Tracy Morgan ... Professor Xavier
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Storyline

Orphaned high school student Rick Riker is bitten by a radioactive dragonfly, develops super powers (except for the ability to fly), and becomes a hero.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The greatest Superhero movie of all time! (not counting all the others)

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, comic violence, drug references and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Superhero! See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,510,297, 30 March 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$26,638,520

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$73,026,302
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Dimension Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended edition) | (extended cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Drake Bell;s character is mostly based on Spider-Man. A few years after this movie he voiced Spider-Man in the TV series Ultimate Spider-Man (2012) and shares the same birthday as Tobey Maguire, the original Spider-Man. See more »

Goofs

When Rick is fighting with the thug and the gun continues to go off, he hits two street lamps that fall on his mom and dad. When the thug runs away and Rick runs to his father, the street lamp is not on his head, or even in the shot. When he accidentally shoots his mom, the lamp is not on her head. See more »

Quotes

Young Rick Riker: [Blaine laying on the ground before death] Dad!
Blaine Riker: Oh Rick, I'm dying...
Young Rick Riker: No...
Blaine Riker: Don't worry, my brother Albert will take you in. Rick, the money, it's all yours now. Sell all shares in a small company called Google, pfft, worthless. Invest heavily in Enron.
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Crazy Credits

The opening Dimension Films logo changes from its standard blue color to Dragonfly green. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Castilian Spanish edition on DVD/Blu-ray runs 86 minutes. It's not a extended version of the film but actually the theatrical cut with 7 minutes of mixing deleted/extended scenes of the movie during the end credits. It also includes in those 7 minutes the Craig Bierko's scene as Wolverine. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Fantastic Four (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh No You Didn't
Written by Sal Salvador, Kit Grissom, Ray Ng, and Kristee Mays
Performed by Sal Salvador
Courtesy of Majors Music
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An entertaining fuse between old and new styles of spoof movies.
1 April 2008 | by KyleFinkSee all my reviews

Watching Superhero Movie feels like you're re-watching one of the Naked Gun movies, only there are "deleted scenes" which unfortunately feature pop culture references and fart jokes. It's a fun movie if you're into the genre but overall falls far too short of being as good as the classics.

The cast is great for the material they're working with, with some exceptions being those who are given too little screen time to show their talents. Musician/actor Drake Bell's comedic timing is impressive, as is that of spoof legend Leslie Nielsen.

The humor, a combination of slapstick, wordplay and sex/toilet humor, is hit and miss, but hits more often than one would think. The spoofs range from clever to cringe-worthy, but the story and resultant gags follow the source material (mostly 2002's Spider-Man) very well, as opposed to the "Hey, look! It's -insert character- from -insert popular movie-!" style other recent spoofs have adopted. The only roadblocks are the childish fart jokes (one of which spans minutes) and dated pop culture references (Tom Cruise? Barry Bonds? Really?).

It's due to all of this that the movie, although flawed, can appeal to fans of any kind of spoof movie, be it twenty years old or two. It's also able to fulfill the expectations of the average moviegoer while giving some clever surprises to those who don't see them coming. Simply put, if you're a fan of any type of comedy, there's bound to be something in this joke-a-second spoof for you.


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