Super This trifle about a doofus who becomes a costumed superhero, even though he has no special powers, might have seemed funkier before Kick-Ass . Yet… Super This trifle about a doofus who becomes a costumed superhero, even though he has no special powers, might have seemed funkier before Kick-Ass . Yet… 2011-04-01 PT96M Action/Adventure Comedy Rainn Wilson Ellen Page Liv Tyler IFC Films
Movie Review

Super (2011)

Ellen Page, Rainn Wilson | PSEUDO-SUPERHERO Ellen Page and Rainn Wilson in Super
Image credit: Steve Dietl
PSEUDO-SUPERHERO Ellen Page and Rainn Wilson in Super
EW's GRADE
B

Details Limited Release: Apr 01, 2011; Length: 96 Minutes; Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy; With: Rainn Wilson; Distributor: IFC Films

This trifle about a doofus who becomes a costumed superhero, even though he has no special powers, might have seemed funkier before Kick-Ass. Yet the movie (Super) is written and directed by James Gunn (Slither) with a certain whimsical black-comic flair. When Frank (Rainn Wilson) loses his wife (Liv Tyler) to a drug dealer (Kevin Bacon), he reacts by turning himself into the Crimson Bolt, a red-clad vigilante who defeats criminals — and other annoying people — by hitting them in the head with a wrench. It's really a one-joke movie, but the joke is a good one: Frank's ''crusade'' is just a geek's screw-loose revenge, which Wilson, digging into the character's misery, makes oddly sympathetic. (Also available on cable via on demand) B



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Originally posted Mar 30, 2011 Published in issue #1149 Apr 08, 2011 Order article reprints