Action Comedy - Mystery Men is an action comedy likely to appeal most strongly to
teenagers and young males fond of super-hero films. The characters in
situations are a bit more eccentric than the typical action film, however,
which may appeal more to older viewers. The unique visual style could
be too much for those older viewers, leading to a film which doesn't have
a natural target audience.
PROFANITY: Mild and infrequent SEX/NUDITY: An animal simulates sexual motions on a man's leg VIOLENCE: Comic book action violence DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Two scenes of alcohol consumption ACTION: Lots of comic book action COMEDY: Satirical comedy and broad physical humor
Of all the reasons to be frustrated by a film, I'll take the one
MYSTERY MEN provides: it's just too clever and original for its own
damned good. The super-hero action film has become such a predictable
package of action sequences, limp quips and bland characterizations that
it was screaming for a satirical treament. To fill this need, along comes
MYSTERY MEN, spinning out a dozen different ways to turn the genre on its
ear...which turns out to be at least a half-dozen too many. A cast like Stiller,
Garofalo, Macy and Azaria guarantees more oddball enjoyment than most
films could deliver, but they could have been part of a cult classic.
Here in Champion City, superheroes are taken
for granted, you'd be mocked only if you were a lame superhero.
The 'Mystery Men' are just likable, normal guys who want to be
superheroes and fight evil. . . Ordinary Champion City citizens."
Their big chance comes when Champion City's beloved real superhero/protector,
Captain Amazing (Greg Kinnear), disappears. The wannabe heroes
square off against the vile Casanova Frankenstein (Geoffrey Rush)
and his beautiful sidekick, Dr. Anabel Leek (Lena Olin), as they
try to thwart his dastardly plot to take over the city. But the
biggest obstacle the Mystery Men must overcome is themselves;
their powers are not exactly imposing by normal superhero standards.