The Specials (2000)




Critic Consensus: Clever, funny, and exciting.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for strong language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: James Gunn
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 20, 2001
Anchor Bay Entertainment



as The Weevil

as Ms. Indestructible

as Power Chick

as Minute Man

as Deadly Girl

as Doug/Alien Orphan

as Shelly/Nightbird

as U.S. Bill

as Jerry/Zip Boy

as Mr. Smart

as One of Eight

as One of Eight

as Eight

as One of Eight

as One of Eight

as One of Eight

as One of Eight

as One of Eight

as Joel Tippin

as Moira Murphy

as Orestes

as Sunlight Grrrl

as News Anchor

as Hazmat Recovery Team

as Hazmat Recovery Team

as Groover Busboy

as AutographHound

as Kosgro Commercial Ki...

as Kosgro Commercial Ki...

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as Reporter

as Reporter

as Reporter

as College girl

as U.S. Bill's Mother

as Cocktail Waitress

as Pinball Wizard

as Mr. Smart's Squeeze

as Verdict's Secretary
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Critic Reviews for The Specials

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 6, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 15, 2002
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Very funny, Well worth a look

September 5, 2008

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

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

April 2, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Specials

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

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

Super Reviewer


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

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