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.

Rating: PG-13 (for comic action violence and crude humor)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Neil Cuthbert
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 11, 2000
Universal Pictures - Official Site


as The Blue Raja (Jeff)

as Mr. Furious (Roy)

as The Bowler

as The Shoveler (Ed)

as Captain Amazing

as Casanova Frankenstei...

as The Spleen

as The Invisible Boy

as The Sphinx

as Dr. Heller

as Violet (Jeff's Mom)

as Dr. Annabel Leek

as Banyon

as Vic Weens

as Reporter

as Lucille

as Young Kid

as Becky Beaner

as Disco Boy

as Disco Boy

as Disco Boy

as Disco Boy

as Big Tobacco

as Frat Boy

as Frat Boy

as Frat Boy

as Rapper

as Susie

as Disco Girl

as Disco Girl

as Disco Girl

as Disco Girl

as Big Red

as Old Party Goer

as Old Veteran

as Back-Up Singer

as Back-Up Singer

as Back-Up Singer

as Band Leader

as Dancer

as Powerwoman

as Powerwoman

as Supervacman

as Reverse Psychologist

as Mr. Pups

as Waffler

as Disco Man/Ballerinam...

as Pencilhead

as Son of Pencilhead

as Little Miss Vengeanc...

as Squeegeeman

as Maintainer

as The Artiste

as Big Billy Hill Billy

as PMS Avenger

as Martial Artist

as Evil Dead Woman

as Globalman

as Gardener

as Bullfighter

as Stilt Man

as Fisherman

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

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Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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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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