Dave's Rating:


Go if you like … people being bonked on the head

Who's in It: Drake Bell, Sara Paxton, Christopher McDonald, Leslie Nielsen, Kevin Hart, Marion Ross, Brent Spiner, Jeffrey Tambor, Robert Hays, Tracy Morgan, Regina Hall, Craig Bierko, Pamela Anderson

The Basics: I've grown to despise the word "spoof." All it means now is someone doing a Johnny Depp-as-pirate impersonation or making fun of Tom Cruise jumping on a couch. In this movie, it means sending up straightforward superhero movies with tired jokes. It also means more Cruise gags. And some farting. OK, lots of farting.

What's the Deal? It no longer matters that the guys behind this have a somewhat classier pedigree (Scary Movie) and aren't the same culture criminals that belched forth Meet the Spartans, Epic Movie and Date Movie. The template is nearly the same and the jokes are just as weak, if slightly less insultingly stupid.

Go If You Like: People being bonked on the head. That's pretty much the bulk of the comedy here. In fact, nearly every scene features someone being injured, which is — see credits above — a minor comedic step-up from the Meet the Spartans approach of "Hey look, it's that guy from Borat!"

Don't Go If You Like: Anderson. She's got about one minute of screen time. And she's the Invisible Woman.

Who's Kind of Funny: Tambor as a crazy doctor.


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