Superhero Movie A good genre parody has to have a satisfying density of gags — that way, if you chuckle at 1 out of 30, you're still… Superhero Movie A good genre parody has to have a satisfying density of gags — that way, if you chuckle at 1 out of 30, you're still… 2008-03-28 Unrated PT82M Comedy Leslie Nielsen Sara Paxton Drake Bell MGM
Movie Review

Superhero Movie (2008)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
Drake Bell, Sara Paxton, ... | SHOO, FLY Drake Bell and Sara Paxton goof on Spider-Man in Superhero Movie , a parody that's no marvel
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SHOO, FLY Drake Bell and Sara Paxton goof on Spider-Man in Superhero Movie, a parody that's no marvel
EW's GRADE
C-

Details Release Date: Mar 28, 2008; Rated: Unrated; Length: 82 Minutes; Genre: Comedy; With: Leslie Nielsen and Sara Paxton; Distributor: MGM

A good genre parody has to have a satisfying density of gags — that way, if you chuckle at 1 out of 30, you're still giggle-happy. Superhero Movie, though, seems to have been given the comedy equivalent of blood thinner. It has the blazing satirical boldness to skewer the first Tobey Maguire Spider-Man — and, amazingly, not much else. There are a few lively bits (Drake Bell, as a boyish Spandexed crusader named Dragonfly, shimmies up a wall and break-dances on it), and one joke with an edge: a slap at Stephen Hawking and his computer-drone voice. Mostly, though, this is super-lame. C-

Originally posted Apr 02, 2008 Published in issue #986 Apr 11, 2008 Order article reprints