The Shoveler: We're not your classic heroes. We're the other guys.
A gaggle of comedians star in this funny movie based on a little known comic about wannabe superheroes who end up tasked with the challenge of saving their city.
Within this group you have 90s funny Ben Stiller as Mr. Furious, a man who fills with rage and starts to stomp around and say seemingly threatening one-liners. Hank Azaria as an obscure history figure, the Blue Raja, who hurls forks at foes. William H. Macy, playing it very straight, as the Shoveler, a man who shovels better than anyone. Kel Mitchel as an invisible boy, who is only invisible when no one is looking. Paul Ruebens as the Spleen, self explanatory. And Jeneane Garofalo as the Bowler, a women with a special bowling ball.
The Shoveler: If we had a billionaire like Lance Hunt as our benefactor...
Mr. Furious: That's because Lance Hunt *IS* Captain Amazing
The Shoveler: Don't start that *again*. Lance Hunt wears glasses. Captain Amazing *doesn't* wear glasses.
Mr. Furious: He takes them off when he transforms.
The Shoveler: That doesn't make any sense, he wouldn't be able to see.
Normally occupying the city is Captain Amazing, played by Greg Kinnear, but because of bad PR, he decides to release an old nemesis of his, Casanova Frankenstein played way over the top by Geoffrey Rush, who ends up kidnapping him.
It then becomes up to the wannabes to save everyone, with the help of Tom Waits as a weapons man.
The Shoveler: We've got a blind date with Destiny - and it looks like she's ordered the lobster.
This concept lends itself to a lot of very funny one-liners and outrageous production design and costumes. This is all used for the better, as it becomes very fun movie to watch.
There are a number of different comedians at work, all with different style, and it gives this movie the life it needs to go with its plot. For every dumb joke, there are a number of somewhat witty one as well.
The Blue Raja: Well, there's The Sphinx, of course.
Mr. Furious: The what?
The Blue Raja: The Sphinx.
The Shoveller: I know this guy. Big crime-fighter from down South. Big-league hitter down there.
Mr. Furious: What's his power?
The Blue Raja: Well, he's terribly mysterious.
Mr. Furious: [dismissively] That's it? That's his power? He's mysterious?
The Blue Raja: Well, TERRIBLY mysterious.