SUPER CAPERS

Funny, Redemptive Spoof

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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
Adam West

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Older children to adults

Rating: PG

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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Content:

(CC, BB, L, V, N, D, M) Strong Christian worldview with strong moral elements lifting up God, Jesus and prayer, but in a comical context spoofing superhero movies; three obscenities, three light profanities, some uses of the word “crap” and three references to “butt,” plus man steps in elephant dung and man says he has had an accident in his pants; light comic violence such as superhero hits mugger and he goes flying though the air and through a window, lamppost hits monster’s head and knocks it unconscious, superhero freezes another superhero’s face when he clumsily tries to romance her, superhero accidentally burns himself to a crisp, bus hits couple during implied cartoon sequence revealing hero’s tragic past, and fighting; no sex but some kissing; upper male nudity and men accidentally expose their underwear; no alcohol; smoking references; and, stealing, greed and deceit, plus man with oversized cranium can move some objects with his mind.

Summary:

SUPER CAPERS is a low-budget spoof of superhero stories, where a judge with ulterior motives sentences a young superhero to Super Capers, a halfway house for superheroes in training. Despite some corny and dull moments and light foul language, SUPER CAPERS is entertaining, cute and sometimes clever, with a subplot that lifts up God and the power of prayer.

Review:

SUPER CAPERS is a gentle, funny spoof of superhero movies and comic books from a redemptive, faith background. It deserves support from people of faith and values.

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.

In Brief:

SUPER CAPERS begins with superhero wannabe, Ed Gruberman, being sued for bashing a mugger trying to rob a mysterious, red-haired costumed vixen, Red. The judge sentences Ed to Super Capers, a halfway house for superheroes in training. There, Ed encounters four superheroes in training, including Felicia Freeze, a standoffish beauty who disables her enemies withy an icy ray. Ed hasn’t figured out his power. Eventually, Ed uncovers a sinister plot by the judge to frame Ed for stealing part of the gold bullion. As two men in black arrest Ed, the other Super Capers are taken away to be killed, and the judge’s own secret identity is revealed.

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.