Funny, Redemptive Spoof
Release Date: March 20, 2009
Starring: Justin Whalin, Danielle
Harris, Michael Rooker, Samuel
Lloyd, Jon Polito, Christine
Lakin, Ryan McPartlin, Ray
Griggs, Tommy “Tiny”
Lister, June Lockhart, and
Audience: Older children to adults
Runtime: 98 minutes
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Director: Ray Griggs
Executive Producer: Michael Kim Bender
Producer: Ray Griggs and Reuben Lim
Writer: Ray Griggs
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Subtitled “The Origins of Ed and the Missing Bullion,” the story begins with superhero wannabe, Ed Gruberman, being sued for bashing a mugger trying to rob a mysterious, red-haired costumed vixen, Red. The red-haired woman has disappeared, so the judge sentences Ed to Super Capers, a halfway house for superheroes in training.
Once there, he meets their burly mentor, Sarge; Herman Brainerd, a superhero with an oversized cranium; Will Powers, a conceited, cowardly man of steel; Puffer Boy, a human puffer fish; the gang’s gadget man, Q, who borrows all his ideas from movies; and, Felicia Freeze, a standoffish beauty who disables her enemies withy an icy ray. Ed still hasn’t figured out his power.
As Q prepares Ed’s new suit, the Super Capers take their time-traveling RV to stop a gold bullion heist by Captain Sludge and his henchman Cretin, a muscle-bound man with the bull-like head of a Minotaur creature from fantasy. At the confrontation with Captain Sludge, Ed discovers that his superpower is the power of prayer. As he’s praying to God for help, a lamppost suddenly falls and knocks Cretin unconscious.
Later, Ed and Herman spy the judge who sentenced Ed and his driver acting suspiciously. Ed uncovers a sinister plot by the judge to frame Ed for stealing part of the gold bullion. As the police arrest Ed, the other Super Capers are taken away to be killed, and the judge’s own secret identity is revealed. Also, the motives of the missing red-haired woman are uncovered.
SUPER CAPERS opens humorously. Ed’s introduction to the Super Capers is pretty funny, as is the confrontation with Captain Sludge. The middle part of the movie slows down a little, however, until the third act, where the movie has a very funny, clever spoof of BACK TO THE FUTURE and the third STAR WARS movie, RETURN OF THE JEDI.
During all the comedy, SUPER CAPERS lifts up God, including at the end of the credits. The phrase “Jesus loves me” also is mentioned, but in a comical context. There is some light foul language, however, and a reference to stepping in some animal dung. Also, the Cretin monster may be too scary for very young children.
All in all, despite some corny and dull moments, SUPER CAPERS is entertaining and cute, with an exciting, clever finish. The comical spoof of the STAR WARS saga is particularly hilarious.
Despite some corny and dull moments, SUPER CAPERS is entertaining and cute, with an exciting, clever finish. Some comedy featuring dialogue from the STAR WARS saga is particularly hilarious. During the comedy, SUPER CAPERS lifts up God, including at the end of the credits. In fact, Ed discovers that his superpower is the power of prayer. The movie has some light foul language, however, and a reference to stepping in some animal dung. Also, a monster may be too scary for young children.