The Specials (2000)

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Critic Consensus: Clever, funny, and exciting.

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A satire of comic-book superheroes in the same vein as the 1999 Mystery Men, The Specials is set in a parallel universe where gangs of superheroes regularly compete against one another for glory or, failing that, flattering action-figure likenesses. The Specials are one of these gangs, and not a very good one at that. Composed of the Weevil (Rob Lowe), the group's most popular member, Amok (Jamie Kennedy), a potty-mouthed shape-shifter, group leader Strobe (Thomas Haden Church), and the constantly growing or shrinking Minute Man (James Gunn), the Specials are more concerned with their image than in actually doing anything heroic.
Rating:
R (for strong language)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Studio:
Anchor Bay Entertainment

Cast

Taryn Manning
as AutographHound
Judy Greer
as Deadly Girl
Rob Lowe
as The Weevil
Melissa Joan Hart
as Sunlight Grrrl
Thomas Haden Church
as The Strobe
Jordan Ladd
as Shelly/Nightbird
John Doe
as One of Eight
Robert Meyer Burnett
as Hazmat Recovery Team
Paget Brewster
as Ms. Indestructible
Mark A. Altman
as Hazmat Recovery Team
Abdul Salaam El Razzac
as One of Eight
James Gunn (II)
as Minute Man
Mark Gottwald
as Groover Busboy
Jenna Fischer
as College girl
Barry Del Sherman
as Jerry/Zip Boy
Chase Masterson
as Moira Murphy
Judith Drake
as Verdict's Secretary
Patricia Gaul
as U.S. Bill's Mother
Sean Gunn
as Doug/Alien Orphan
Chuti Tiu
as One of Eight
Christopher Shea
as Reporter
Frank Medrano
as Orestes
Kelly Coffield Park
as Power Chick
Matt Champagne
as Joel Tippin
Lauren Cohn
as One of Eight
Jim Zulevic
as Mr. Smart
Johnny Mountain
as News Anchor
Mike Schwartz
as U.S. Bill
Greg Erb
as Eight
Valerie Long
as Reporter
Tom Dorfmeister
as One of Eight
Scott Torrence
as Pinball Wizard
Brian Gunn
as One of Eight
Lee Kirk
as Reporter
Johann Stauff
as One of Eight
Samantha Cannon
as One of Eight
Jordan Blake Warkol
as Kosgro Commercial Kid
Austin Bates
as Kosgro Commercial Kid
Louis Martin Braga III
as Kosgro Commercial Kid
Caren Saiet
as Reporter
Dana Wieluns
as Cocktail Waitress
Lisa Steinmetz
as Mr. Smart's Squeeze
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Critic Reviews for The Specials

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (1)

Very funny, Well worth a look

September 4, 2008
Moviehole

It's such a low key parody that the undercurrent of deadpan nuttiness and sheer invention just sneaks up on you.

Full Review… | July 5, 2005
St@tic Multimedia

Surprisingly amusing super-hero satire. Combine this flick with "Mystery Men" and you'd have a classic.

April 2, 2005
eFilmCritic.com

...generally emphasizes jokes that aren't all that funny...

Full Review… | March 27, 2005
Reel Film Reviews

More amusing when taken by moments than as a whole...

Full Review… | March 22, 2005
Flick Filosopher

A idéia é genial, mas o roteiro jamais aproveita a premissa. Além disso, a direção é simplesmente péssima e o baixo orçamento não permite que vejamos os superpoderes dos heróis.

July 25, 2003
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for The Specials

½

A funny (and really screwed up) superhero flick that has a twist for every time you think you figured out where it was going. Incredibly cheap, but very well written. A great cast. Did I mention it was screwed up? RECOMMENDED

Anatoly Shashkin
Anatoly Shashkin
½

This superhero spoof uses a blend of slapstick and satirical humor to get its laughs, but its jokes only hit as often as they miss making for an above average spoof, but just a plain average comedy.

Parker Richmond
Parker Richmond

A good parody of superhero groups and how they would exist in real life.  James Gunn obviously has quite a lot of knowledge on the superhero genre, and a good sense of humour to boot.  Watch on a double bill with the excellent Special for a fantastic superhero-parodyathon.

Christopher  Brown
Christopher Brown

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