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Mystery Men (1999)



Critic Consensus: Absurd characters and quirky gags are brought to life by a talented cast, providing this superhero spoof with lots of laughs.

Movie Info

Based on the Dark Horse comic, Mystery Men. Seven lame superhero wannabes, who are called upon to use their dubious "powers" to save a bustling metropolis when Champion City's beloved real superhero-protector, Captain Amazing, is kidnapped. The wannabe heroes square off against the vile villain, Casanova Frankenstein, and his beautiful sidekick, Dr. Anabel Leek, as they try to stop Casanova's dastardly plot to take over the city.more
Rating: PG-13 (for comic action violence and crude humor)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Neil Cuthbert, Neil Cuthbert
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 11, 2000
Universal Pictures - Official Site


Hank Azaria
as The Blue Raja (Jeff)
Ben Stiller
as Mr. Furious (Roy)
Janeane Garofalo
as The Bowler
William H. Macy
as The Shoveler (Ed)
Greg Kinnear
as Captain Amazing
Geoffrey Rush
as Casanova Frankenstei...
Paul Reubens
as The Spleen
Kel Mitchell
as The Invisible Boy
Wes Studi
as The Sphinx
Tom Waits
as Dr. Heller
Louise Lasser
as Violet (Jeff's Mom)
Lena Olin
as Dr. Annabel Leek
Ricky Jay
as Vic Weens
Mason Lucero
as Young Kid
Monet Mazur
as Becky Beaner
Adrian Armas
as Disco Boy
Gichi Gamba
as Disco Boy
Thomas Lake
as Disco Boy
Solo Scott
as Disco Boy
James Duke
as Big Tobacco
Michael Bay
as Frat Boy
Riki Rachtman
as Frat Boy
Noah Blake
as Frat Boy
Big Gipp
as Rapper
Sung Kang
as Susie
Jody Watley
as Disco Girl
Sunny Gorg
as Disco Girl
Sasha Bray
as Disco Girl
Marie Matiko
as Disco Girl
Artie Lange
as Big Red
Sarah Kane
as Old Party Goer
Ed Denette
as Old Veteran
Kiyoko Yamaguchi
as Back-Up Singer
Kiko Kiko
as Back-Up Singer
Nori T. Gehr
as Back-Up Singer
Mark Mothersbaugh
as Band Leader
Lu Gay
as Dancer
Stacey Travis
as Powerwoman
Joann Richter
as Powerwoman
Larkin Campbell
as Supervacman
Oliver Clark
as Reverse Psychologist
Jack Plotnick
as Mr. Pups
Dane Cook
as Waffler
Robert Musselman
as Disco Man/Ballerinam...
Doug Jones
as Pencilhead
Vincent Bowman
as Son of Pencilhead
Vylette Jezel Fagerh...
as Little Miss Vengeanc...
Dana Gould
as Squeegeeman
Brenden Williams
as Maintainer
Aaron Priest
as The Artiste
Robert B. Martin Jr.
as Big Billy Hill Billy
Gabrielle Conferti
as PMS Avenger
Elliot Durant III
as Martial Artist
Drinda E. Shaneyfelt
as Evil Dead Woman
Felix Castro
as Globalman
Michael Craig
as Gardener
Ronald Lasky
as Bullfighter
David Still
as Stilt Man
Jonathan Khan
as Fisherman
Jerry Farmer
as Thirstyman
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Critic Reviews for Mystery Men

All Critics (104) | Top Critics (29)

The characters have been designed to make fun of themselves, disguising the craft of writer Neil Cuthbert and director Kinka Usher in getting us to laugh at them.

Full Review… | July 15, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Usher's amiable spoof of superhero movies takes a brave stab at rewriting the mythology from the inside out, with lots of witty, mildly subversive stuff.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Mystery Men is like its hapless heroes. It's a wannabe that has the best intentions -- including a pronounced anti-gun stance -- but none of the knack it takes to save the day, or itself.

Full Review… | February 21, 2004
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

This bunch achieves peaks of sublime nuttiness.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Surprisingly, this spoof's heart is genuinely warm.

Full Review… | March 22, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Even with its super cast, the slow-moving 'Mystery Men' falters in its attempt to spoof comic book heroes.

Full Review… | September 29, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Mystery Men

A wacky, silly occasionally hilarious tale of a group of unlikely superheroes who struggle to stay together after their leader, Captain Amazing (Greg Kinnear) is taken, and a new villain (Geoffrey Rush) emerges as a legitimate threat to overrun their city with evil. The set designs perfectly match the acting, overdone and colorful, and even when the film veers all over the place, it still remains largely entertaining. However, the running time is much too long, there is no reason for a movie like this to surpass two hours. With that said, it is funny in spurts, and Ben Stiller's energetic performance is often enough to keep the movie watchable. Far from perfect, far from terrible, just an average little weird film.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer


Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Not the worst superhero movie ive ever watched however i wouldnt say its that great either! Its amusing in places but not enough for it to be honestly called a comedy! I don't like Ben Stiller as an actor and so he was the one i disliked most in this movie which isnt a surprise! Good cast in my opinion but not a great movie, watchable on a wet sunday afternoon whilst doing the ironing and catching glimpses of the actual movie!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

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