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Mystery Men

  • Rated PG13


When Captain Amazing falls into the hands of an evil madman and his disco-dancing henchmen, there's suddenly a chance for the aspiring superheroes to show what they can do.

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common sense

ON for kids age 12
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
2 out of 5

Witty comic-book story is edgy, with lots of potty humor.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mystery Men is a silly superhero satire that's rife with potty humor. One character in particular, The Spleen, boasts the superpower of superhuman flatulence, and there are jokes galore about his powerful gas. There are several non-gory electrocutions, and three characters are incinerated and mutilated onscreen, including the surprise death of a main character. At one point, a group of superheroes drink together in a bar and get silly and tipsy; at another, a group of female villains is hit with a shrink ray that shrinks only their clothes while a male superhero makes an erection joke. Other characters put each other down and call each other "moron" or "idiot." Altogether, the movie is terrifically goofy, but a lot of fun for teens and parents who enjoy superhero movies or screwball satires.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about individual abilities, and what superpowers each member of the family would most like to have. Also, what accessory would your action figure be sold with?
  • How do the superheroes in this movie differ from traditional superheroes?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: This bunch achieves peaks of sublime nuttiness.

- Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle, Tuesday, June 18, 2002

Rotten: Stretched far too thin for its meager plot, broad characters and lame running jokes.

- Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Fresh: 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.

- Derek Adams, Time Out, Saturday, June 24, 2006

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Well this Movie isnt exactly "a Men in Tights" Movie. Bunch of loosers come together they think they can fight the crime and all. Motivation is everything and one day they really turn in to real Heros everyone with their Talent. I liked William H. Macy with his Scoop and Shovel. Enjoyable but easily forgettable. Some eeew scenes such as " picking nose".

- ScoopOnline, Wednesday, December 9, 2009

4 stars

A very funny alternative to the current superhero trend!

- SirPant, Friday, September 25, 2009

4 stars

so awesome

- TomBowler, Friday, July 31, 2009