Mystery Men - 1999

Mystery Men - Released August 6, 1999. Directed by Kinka Usher

Bob Burden's counter-superheroes on the big screen receive a big budget treatment from director Kinka Usher. Their unusual adventures fighting crime lord Casanova Frankenstein (Geoffrey Rush) is treated with mock-superhero importance and stands somewhere between parody and heroism done with a unusual, and goofy, approach.

Mystery Men contains superhero team disaster histrionics as The Shoveler (William Macy) and Mr. Furious (Ben Stiller) assemble a dysfunctional group to replace Champion City's missing protector Captain Amazing (Greg Kinnear) and prevent the city's destruction. The plot moves like a standard hero-team story, but these characters do not at all fit the usual template.

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