The Specials

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Clever, funny, and exciting.



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Average Rating: 3.2/5

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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.


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

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (1)

Very funny, Well worth a look

Sep 5, 2008 | Rating: 3/5

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

Jul 5, 2005 | Full Review…

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

Apr 2, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/5

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

Mar 27, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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

Mar 22, 2005 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 25, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for The Specials


funny for a while but the satire runs its course quickly. you remember this after you finish it sadly

Brendan Nicholls
Brendan Nicholls

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer

A day in the life of a band of rubbish superheroes. While I'll admit this probably had a budget of about 74 dollars, it's still pretty woeful and unfunny, and a bit boring, and quite predictable and pointless too. The star is for Deadly Girl who has the only decent line: "What's the difference between a child and a skeleton? The child doesn't try and eat the soft parts of your face while you're asleep". Otherwise, stick with Mystery Men for your lame superheroes movie fix.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer

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