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"SUPERHERO MOVIE"
(2008) (Drake Bell, Sara Paxton) (PG-13)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Heavy Moderate *Heavy *Minor Heavy
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Heavy None *Heavy Minor Heavy
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
*Heavy Minor *Moderate Moderate *Heavy


QUICK TAKE:
Comedy: A young man attains super powers and must deal with a villain while trying to win over the girl of his dreams in this spoof of superhero films.
PLOT:
Rick Ricker (DRAKE BELL) is an average high school student who's been raised by his Aunt Lucille (MARION ROSS) and Uncle Albert (LESLIE NIELSEN) since his parents were killed years ago. He happens to be secretly in love with his next-door neighbor and fellow classmate, Jill Johnson (SARA PAXTON), but she's dating Lance Landers (RYAN HANSEN) who doesn't waste any opportunity to make fun of Rick.

While on a field trip visiting a company specializing in genetics research, Rick is bitten by a dragonfly, an act that changes his DNA and gives him superhuman powers, a point not lost on his best friend, Trey (KEVIN HART). With some advice from mutant benefactor Dr. Xavier (TRACY MORGAN), Rick starts battling crime under his superhero alter ego of The Dragonfly, all while trying to impress Jill who's unaware of his secret life.

But the young man has bigger concerns as terminally ill corporate CEO Lou Landers (CHRISTOPHER McDONALD) -- uncle to Lance -- has his lead scientist, Dr. Strom (BRENT SPINER), perform an unproven experiment on him. Not only does that save his life, but it also gives him the ability to drain the same from anyone he happens to grab. As he becomes more powerful, he similarly adopts an alter ego persona, but his is the arch-villain, Hourglass. From that point on, Rick does what he can to stop the bad guy.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of spoof flicks or superhero movies, they might.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For crude and sexual content, comic violence, drug references and language.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • DRAKE BELL plays an unassuming high school student who has a crush on Jill when a bite from a genetically altered dragonfly gives him superhero powers. He then fights crime, including against Hourglass, all while trying to win over Jill. He possesses a bong, but is only seen spreading frosting on it before lighting up.
  • SARA PAXTON plays his next-door neighbor and classmate who's initially unaware of his crush on her, as she's dating Lance. She often wears cleavage-revealing tops.
  • CHRISTOPHER McDONALD plays a terminally ill CEO who's given a new lease on life thanks to an experiment that turns him into a superhero who gets his power from killing others. He becomes a megalomaniac and battles Dragonfly, and briefly uses strong profanity.
  • LESLIE NIELSEN plays Rick's uncle who's helped raise him following the boy's parents' deaths in the past. In typical Leslie Nielsen fashion, he thinks he's smarter than he is and absentmindedly says and does goofy things, while also making various sexual remarks.
  • MARION ROSS plays his wife, Rick's aunt, who's also helped the boy. Prone to flatulence (at least in one scene), she also stuffs a variety of items (including a kitten and an entire bottle of vodka) into a Thanksgiving turkey.
  • KEVIN HART plays Rick's best friend who grooves on him being a superhero. He uses some profanity.
  • BRENT SPINER plays Lou's lead scientist who's unsure of using an experimental device on his boss.
  • RYAN HANSEN plays Lou's nephew and Jill's boyfriend who's a constant jerk to Rick, and he tries to fight him.
  • TRACY MORGAN plays a wheelchair bound mentor to mutant students who gives Rick advice, and apparently cheated on his wife.
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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this PG-13 rated comedy. Profanity consists of at least 1 "f" word, while other expletives and colorful phrases are also uttered. Sexually related dialogue is present, as is all sorts of sexually related humor (covering a variety of verbal and visual topics, including many animals humping a clothed man, as well as some necrophilia related humor). A young woman is seen in her bra and panties, while she shows varying amounts of cleavage in other outfits, and various couples are seen making out.

    Violence includes comedy-based superhero fighting and various deaths (all played for comedy), while all sorts of slapstick style material is present. Some of that and other behavior might be enticing for some kids to imitate, while various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes.

    All sorts of crude humor is present (as is some blood), while characters drink and alcohol is otherwise used, while there's brief smoking and some drug-related humor. Some comedy-based tense family material is also present.

    If you're still concerned about the film and its appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home who may be interested in seeing it, we suggest that you take a closer look at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

    For those concerned with bright flashes of light on the screen, there's some of that from lightning, and later from camera flashes.

    For those prone to visually induced motion sickness, there's a spin-around camera shot.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • Uncle Albert gives Rick (a high school student) a beer.
  • A Stephen Hawking lookalike (similarly suffering from Lou Gehrig's Disease) tells high school students he has some hash and wonders if any of them want some.
  • In a flashback, we see a homeless guy and a dog separately drinking from brown paper bags.
  • A woman holds a drink.
  • A miscellaneous person has something presumably alcoholic in a brown paper bag.
  • Aunt Lucille stuffs all sorts of things into a Thanksgiving turkey, including pouring an entire bottle of vodka into it.
  • We see wine in Aunt Lucille's house, and she then has some with dinner.
  • As Rick and Lou exchange faked stories of how they received various cuts and bruises, Rick says he cut his lip when his "crack pipe" broke.
  • Forlorn about Jill, Rick spreads some frosting on a bong and then lights the device.
  • People have wine and/or champagne at a reception.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • Lou coughs up some blood into his handkerchief.
  • Lance pushes Rick down into some animal dung that then ends up on Rick's shirt.
  • Aunt Lucille and Uncle Albert talk about their marriage, with Aunt Lucille mentioning it takes Uncle Albert an hour to pee. He then says her thighs look like cottage cheese that someone has thrown up onto the sidewalk.
  • Suffering from the effects of the dragonfly bite, Rick comes home, doesn't feel well, and vomits into the aquarium (just as Uncle Albert tells him to feed the fish).
  • Rick has a bad looking boil on his neck from where the dragonfly bit him.
  • Thinking Rick's going through puberty, Uncle Albert reads to him from a book about such matters, including a line that he'll bleed from his vagina once a month (that's heard again in a later aural flashback).
  • Uncle Albert gets up and we hear him fart.
  • A Stephen Hawking lookalike (similarly suffering from Lou Gehrig's Disease) complains that he can't wipe his own "ass."
  • We hear a toilet flush and then see Dr. Xavier come out seated on a rolling toilet (in the style of a wheelchair, but he's fully clothed).
  • Following a spin-around camera shot, Rick and Hourglass pause in their fighting so that Hourglass can vomit into a trashcan.
  • Rick has a now dried cut on his forearm, as well as a tiny dried cut on his lip.
  • Rick returns to his room with a huge soda, and then starts to urinate. Before he's anywhere near done, however, Lou comes into his room, unaware that Rick is now "hiding" on the ceiling. We then see some urine form around Rick's clothed crotch area and then drip down just behind Lou. That's then followed by progressively greater amounts of urine, ending with the equivalent of the output from a garden sprinkler.
  • As an excuse to leave Aunt Lucille's house after figuring out Rick is really Dragonfly, Lou says, "I sh*t my pants."
  • Rick and Jill try to chat while Aunt Lucille naps on a sofa behind them, but the latter starts farting. That then progressively gets louder and longer, with the air blowing Jill's hair around and puffing out Aunt Lucille's dress. Jill's eyes tear from that, so Rick lights a candle, but another fart then causes a small, explosive flame over the candle. It gets bad enough that the wallpaper starts to peel off the wall.
  • A doctor says that Aunt Lucille has lost bowel control and is now a "crazy sh*t machine," but then realizes he's talking about someone else.
  • Lou receives a feminine hygiene award at a humanitarian ceremony, and it's the "Douche-bag of the Year" award (we see a bronzed version of such a device).
  • Lou reaches out behind Rick to grab him, but when the latter turns around, Lou quickly sticks his finger up his own nose, pulls it out, and looks at it.
  • In the outtakes, a subordinate character brings toilet paper to a Wolverine lookalike (who has blades sticking out from his knuckles and thus can't wipe himself). We then see the motion of the subordinate wiping that man's rear (we don't see the contact), with the subordinate asking if the first man is going right now.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • All of the following is played for comedy.
  • The film's various villains, regular criminals and punks, etc. all have bad attitudes.
  • A student moves so that Rick can't sit next to him on a bus.
  • We hear Rick's narration of his story being about a girl, but when an unattractive one turns around on the school bus, he says it isn't her, while he doubts that another one is really a girl (meaning a guy in drag).
  • As Trey identifies the various cliques on the bus, a member of one of them punches Rick in the face, followed by Trey doing the same (hoping it will get him in the club).
  • Lance has a perpetual bad attitude toward Rick, and even tries to beat him up.
  • Uncle Albert gives Rick (a high school student) a beer.
  • We see a photo of Rick's late dad swimming with sharks, playfully holding a gun to his head, and being dressed in a KKK robe.
  • Some viewers might not like a running gag featuring a Stephen Hawking lookalike similarly suffering from Lou Gehrig's Disease (in a wheelchair, with little control of his body and speaking via a computer synthesizer). That includes the character saying he thinks about suicide, can't wipe his own "ass," complains that the high school students can have sex, and that he has a nurse who's a lesbian, but not the hot kind.
  • Various characters use the term "bitches" to refer to women in general.
  • When Uncle Albert talks to Rick about the boy's late father, Uncle Albert says he "had sex with your mother, just like your father."
  • A woman yells out a window to Jill, telling the latter she's a whore just like her mother. When Rick asks who that is, Jill says it's her mother.
  • Upon an armed robber entering a bank, Rick lets him get away (out of spite for the bank turning down his loan request moments earlier).
  • We see that Dr. Xavier runs a school "for the non-Asian gifted" (a spoof of the school in the "X-Men" movies, but some might not like the humor).
  • At a school for mutants, a boy stretches his long arm across the lawn to take a photo up a girl's skirt. In response, she sends her stretchy leg back at him to kick him in the crotch.
  • Dr. Xavier apparently cheated on his wife with the Invisible Woman (not seen, but the wife is mad).
  • Some viewers might not like humor stemming from violence against animals, including Rick's camera flash causing a parrot to ignite; him not thinking while placing two love birds down onto an electrified fence; a dog is pulled into a chipper (following her owner); and when Aunt Lucille stuffs all sorts of things into a Thanksgiving turkey, including a live kitten.
  • Thinking he's Hourglass, Rick (as Dragonfly) grabs the Dalai Lama and rips off his robe, revealing him in just a wrapping around his waist area. Rick then says it looks like he's hiding something in there, so Rick rips that off as well, meaning everyone else sees him nude (we don't), including the Pope who takes a photo. Some viewers might not like such figures being used for comedy in such a manner (that also includes Rick beating up the Dalai Lama, and the Pope punching a person during a fight).
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Scenes listed under "Violence" could be unsettling or suspenseful to the youngest of viewers, but no one else (as everything is played for goofy comedy).
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • As Trey identifies the various cliques on the bus, we see the Scarface group and one guy holds a large machine gun.
  • We see a photo of Rick's late dad swimming with sharks, playfully holding a gun to his head, and being dressed in a KKK robe.
  • We see a flashback to young Rick with his parents who are confronted by an armed robber in an alley. Rick then struggles with the robber, causing the handgun to fire and hit both of his parents, as well as one or more light fixtures that then fall and hit his parents on their heads. When his dad tells his son to get something in his pocket, Rick accidentally causes his dad's handgun to fire, with a bullet hitting his dad and his mom.
  • We hear all sorts of sounds of violence coming from Jill's house (to indicate usual discord there), including gunfire.
  • We hear the sound of gunfire outside and then see Uncle Albert lying on the street (wounded, but there's no blood).
  • A man robs a bank at gunpoint.
  • Police aim handguns, shotguns and automatic weapons at a crime scene.
  • Hourglass uses explosives and thrown titanium blades in several scenes.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Oh f*ck," "Real serious cutting-edge sh*t," "You're sh*tting me. What a loser" (seen written), "Watch where you're going in slow-mo, dip-sh*t," "Sh*t-box" (written), "Eat sh*t" (written), "Ah sh*t," "Sh*t-head," "Holy sh*t," "Oh sh*t," "I sh*t my pants," "Crazy sh*t (machine)," "Take it all, bitch" (meant sexually), "Once a month you'll bleed from your vagina," "Whore," an incomplete "The incredible black c*ck," "What the F? Loser" (said just like that), "What the hell is that?" "You're crazy," "Don't forget the bitches," "You freaked us out," "You idiot," "You're kneeling on my balls," "I'm nothing but a screw-up," "Dumb ass," "Dumb son of a bitch," "This bitch is crazy," "How about that, invisa-bitch?" "Dude," "You idiot," "My bad," "Are you freaking insane?" "What the hell /are you/is that?" "Douche-bag of the year," "You're damn right I do," "Sucks" and "Shut up."
  • The action and stunts might be enticing for some kids to try to imitate.
  • As Trey identifies the various cliques on the bus, a member of one of them punches Rick in the face, followed by Trey doing the same (hoping it will get him in the club).
  • We see a photo of Rick's late dad swimming with sharks, playfully holding a gun to his head, and being dressed in a KKK robe.
  • Rick briefly does some break-dancing (on the side of a building).
  • Uncle Albert accidentally fires a nail gun and Rick instinctively catches the nail, saying it was easy. To test that, Uncle Albert fires one at Trey, impaling his hand (no blood). Saying he has superhero powers, Rick tells Uncle Albert he bets he can't land a punch, so Uncle Albert punches Trey in the face, downing him. Uncle Albert then tries to jab a kitchen knife into Rick, but the blade bends.
  • At a school for mutants, a boy stretches his long arm across the lawn to take a photo up a girl's skirt. In response, she sends her stretchy leg back at him to kick him in the crotch.
  • We see miscellaneous graffiti.
  • Aunt Lucille stuffs all sorts of things into a Thanksgiving turkey, including a live kitten, pours a bottle of vodka into it, and then paints varnish on the outside of the bird.
  • Aunt Lucille jabs a serving fork into Lou's hand for reaching for some food before saying the prayer (he yells out "Jesus!" and the others say "Amen").
  • To deal with the smell of Aunt Lucille farting, Jill inserts a tampon into each of her nostrils.
  • Forlorn about Jill, Rick spreads some frosting on a bong and then lights the device.
  • In the outtakes, Aunt Lucille snuffs out a cigarette and then empties the ashtray into a Thanksgiving turkey.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • A heavy amount of suspenseful and ominous music (all played in a comedy setting) occurs in the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • A song has the lyric, "Making love was just for fun."
  • An awards show song has various lines about the (literal) "douche-bag of the year" winner.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 1 "f" word, 23 "s" words, 1 slang term using female genitals ("p*ssies"), 1 incomplete one using male ones ("c*ck"), 7 asses, 5 damns, 3 hells, 1 S.O.B., 2 uses of "God" and 1 use each of "Good God," "Jesus," "My God," "Oh Jesus," "Oh my God" and "Swear to God."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • All of the following is played for comedy.
  • We see Rick adjusting his clothed crotch in his superhero outfit.
  • Jill shows varying amounts of cleavage (sometimes a lot) in various outfits throughout the movie.
  • Referring to his laptop, Trey tells Rick he has to show him some nasty stuff he downloaded. We hear a goat sound, but don't see anything.
  • Trying to clean animal dung off his shirt, Rick unknowingly uses a bottle of animal pheromones as a liquid base. We then see a montage of various animals attracted to him (as we hear Dr. Strom commenting on the pheromones being a strong sexual attractant), with a dog humping his leg, a bunny and skunk humping his arms, and a snail saying (in subtitles) for them to hold him down as he's on his way. Rick then accidentally spills more of the liquid on him, drawing even more animals, and we then see him lying on the floor, covered by animals humping away (with a close-up of the snail doing the same and saying, "Take it all, bitch.").
  • Aunt Lucille and Uncle Albert talk about their marriage, with Aunt Lucille telling him he's always had a small penis.
  • Thinking Rick's going through puberty, Uncle Albert reads to him from a book about such matters, including a line that he'll bleed from his vagina once a month (that's heard again in a later aural flashback).
  • Uncle Albert gives Rick (a high school student) a beer. About the rituals of becoming a man, Uncle Albert then says today it's the beer, tomorrow they'll have Rick circumcised.
  • Uncle Albert gets up from being in bed with Rick (nothing sexual) and we see him in his t-shirt and boxers.
  • Rick fills out answers for an online questionnaire, and one of them is if he's ever had sexual intercourse. He answers yes, but the computer replies about him lying. He then admits he's a virgin, with the computer returning the line, "You're sh*tting me. What a loser."
  • Rick looks out his window to next door where he sees Jill in her bra (showing lots of cleavage). He looks excited when she starts to remove the bra, but it turns out she's wearing another one under the first. She then holds up various pairs of panties, each successively smaller than the one before it, and eventually fashions one out of a few meager strings of dental floss (but we don't see her lower body). During that, Rick leaves for a moment and ends up looking out the wrong window where he spots a shirtless, overweight man rubbing his own chest.
  • A Stephen Hawking lookalike (similarly suffering from Lou Gehrig's Disease) complains that the high school students can have sex, and that he has a nurse who's a lesbian, but not the hot kind.
  • Due to his superhero powers, Rick's hands become "sticky" and he accidentally tears off all of an overweight man's clothes save for his boxers, while Rick lands on top of his teacher, with his hands stuck on her clothed breasts. He then ends up repeatedly pulling them up from her chest in an exaggerated fashion, and we then see that part of the fabric is gone from her top in those two areas (but no bare breasts are seen).
  • After Trey comments on the fame and money aspect that comes with being a superhero, Uncle Albert says, "Don't forget the bitches."
  • When Uncle Albert talks to Rick about the boy's late father, Uncle Albert says he "had sex with your mother, just like your father."
  • In a flashback, young Rick's mom shows cleavage in a dress.
  • A woman yells out a window to Jill, telling the latter she's a whore just like her mother. When Rick asks who that is, Jill says it's her mother.
  • Rick receives a partially garbled message from Dr. Xavier, with snippets from the latter commenting on squatting on a glass table, two girls, and just one cup.
  • Rick and Aunt Lucille go to see a banker about a loan for the former, but the man denies that. He then comments that Aunt Lucille rubbing his crotch under the table isn't going to change his mind. She says she wasn't, with Rick then saying he's desperate for the loan.
  • Wounded, Uncle Albert starts to give Rick advice about what comes with great power. Rick finishes his thought with "great responsibility," but Uncle Albert says he was going to say "bitches" and then comments on the boy seemingly wanting to stay a virgin the rest of his life.
  • Lou grabs a woman's arm and she turns old and dies. He then tries to stuff her body into a cabinet, but to a janitor who enters the room, it looks like Lou is having rear entry intercourse with her (as he rhythmically tries stuffing her body into the cabinet).
  • A hospital doctor suddenly announces he has to perform a breast exam and reaches for Jill's clothed breasts, but stops short.
  • At a school for mutants, a boy stretches his long arm across the lawn to take a photo up a girl's skirt. In response, she sends her stretchy leg back at him to kick him in the crotch.
  • Dr. Xavier apparently cheated on his wife with the Invisible Woman (not seen, but the wife is mad). As a result, the wife hits and grabs at the adulteress (briefly seen as Pamela Anderson sporting a lot of cleavage).
  • A police captain says that what the city needs is more cops, as well as a Hooters.
  • Mimicking a scene from "Spider-Man," Rick (as Dragonfly) and Jill nearly kiss as he hangs upside down in the rain. However, the fire escape ladder he's on slips a bit, leaving the two in the "69" position (standing), but she scoots him back upwards. The two then passionately kiss while standing normally, and we then the shape of her nipples as well as his under their respective shirts.
  • As we hear that Lou's never been married, someone asks "Fruitcake?" (while offering him some of that), but he says no, he simply never met the right woman.
  • As Rick and Lou exchange faked stories of how they received various cuts and bruises, Lou says he met a woman on an Internet site. He then asks Rick about the same on him, and Rick says he met a man on the same.
  • A doctor informs Uncle Albert that they mistakenly did a sex change operation on him. He adds that they didn't cut off his penis, but did remove his testicles, not that he'll be needing them now that his wife is dead.
  • At his wife's funeral, Uncle Albert jumps into the open casket, but is informed that he has the wrong woman (pointed out by roughly turning Aunt Lucille's prematurely aged head on her body). We then see that Uncle Albert has his hands on the other dead woman's clothed breasts, and asks for five more minutes as he starts to close the casket lid while still on top of the body. Moments later, we see him holding that dead woman's bra.
  • A song has the lyric, "Making love was just for fun."
  • As Rick walks along forlorn, he sees various couples making out on the street, including one lying on a woman on a bench, while others are seen under the covers in beds out on the street. He even sees two wiggly inflatables (tall and thin cylinders) that bounce off each other, but soon appear to be humping, including in the rear entry sex position.
  • Rick looks at Jill's photo in the yearbook, and below another person's photo it seems to read "most orgasmic."
  • Among the things that Uncle Albert mentions are inscribed on the ring once owned by Rick's late father, one of them is "cheap Internet porn."
  • Thinking he's Hourglass, Rick (as Dragonfly) grabs the Dalai Lama and rips off his robe, revealing him in just a wrapping around his waist area. Rick then says it looks like he's hiding something in there, so Rick rips that off as well, meaning everyone else sees him nude (we don't), including the Pope who takes a photo.
  • A miscellaneous guy dressed up like Dragonfly tells Jill (when she comes to) that he's her lover, but Rick shoos him away.
  • An explosive device lands on Rick's crotch (as Dragonfly) and he tells Jill, "I need you to yank this off" (but it explodes before she can).
  • In the outtakes, Jill says she was told her breasts are too big for her to be a dancer, so she jiggles them around to prove that point, all in front of Rick.
  • In the outtakes, a woman bends over in her jeans away from Stephen Hawking and he comments on her having an "incredible ass."
  • In the outtakes, Trey asks Rick if he can see through tube-tops.
  • In the outtakes, Trey says he has a superhero name for himself, and after opening his shirt to reveal a t-shirt with a rooster on it, he starts to say he's "The Incredible Black C*ck," but Rick cuts him short.
  • In the outtakes, we see a window view of Jill in her bra and panties as she reaches for something up near the ceiling, holding onto a brass pole while doing so. She then spins herself around that pole like a pole dancer.
  • In the outtakes, we hear someone asking that if sleeping with someone means you're, in effect, sleeping with everyone they slept with, does that make you gay (and the answer given is yes).
  • SMOKING
  • A mutant superhero has a cigar.
  • In the outtakes, Aunt Lucille snuffs out a cigarette and then empties the ashtray into a Thanksgiving turkey.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • All of the following is played for comedy.
  • We hear that Rick's parents died violently 9 years ago.
  • We see a flashback to young Rick with his parents who are confronted by an armed robber in an alley. Rick then struggles with the robber, causing the handgun to fire and hit both of his parents, as well as one or more light fixtures that then fall and hit his parents on their heads. When his dad tells his son to get something in his pocket, Rick accidentally causes his dad's handgun to fire, with a bullet hitting his dad and his mom. The ring he mentioned then ends up falling into the dad's mouth, with young Rick having to hit his chest or stomach to make it pop back out. Rick then throws that ring that ricochets and hits him in the eye.
  • We hear all sorts of sounds of violence coming from Jill's house (to indicate usual discord there), including gunfire and a cat screeching.
  • A woman yells out a window to Jill, telling the latter she's a whore just like her mother. When Rick asks who that is, Jill says it's her mother.
  • A doctor informs Rick that his aunt is dead, but says they shouldn't tell his uncle since he's just come out of a coma. The doc, however, absentmindedly makes several references to Uncle Albert's dead wife.
  • At his wife's funeral, Uncle Albert jumps into the open casket, but is informed that he has the wrong woman (pointed out by roughly turning Aunt Lucille's prematurely aged head on her body). Moments later, the casket is accidentally knocked over and the body tumbles out, rolling onto an eternal flame and igniting, and is then quickly and fully engulfed in flames.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Film spoofs.
  • We hear that Lou has a terminal illness.
  • There's a comedy bit about Barry Bonds downing many steroids and then having lasers shoot from his eyes.
  • In the outtakes, we hear someone asking that if sleeping with someone means you're, in effect, sleeping with everyone they slept with, does that make you gay (and the answer given is yes).
  • VIOLENCE
  • All of the following is played for comedy.
  • Rick runs to catch his school bus, but runs into the side view mirror when it stops. The movable stop sign then hits him, as do the opening doors.
  • As Trey identifies the various cliques on the bus, a member of one of them punches Rick in the face, followed by Trey doing the same (hoping it will get him in the club).
  • Not hearing Dr. Strom's warning not to take any photos in the genetic animal lab, Rick takes one of a parrot, with his flash causing the bird to ignite. Rick then stomps on the burning bird and kicks that away, with it hitting Lance who then comes over and pushes Rick.
  • Lance pushes Rick down into some animal dung that then ends up on Rick's shirt.
  • A dragonfly bites Rick on the neck.
  • Lou has Dr. Strom use his prototype total cure machine on him (for his terminal illness). It causes him pain (including his face to distort from the high voltage), but he's okay afterwards.
  • After he's genetically altered, Lou grabs a person by the arm, not realizing that will suck the life from the person, turning them old and killing them. We then hear sounds of related violence as he apparently does the same to other executives in his company.
  • Due to his superhero powers, Rick's hands become "sticky" and he accidentally rips a sink from the wall, and then accidentally hits Lance on the head with it (before tossing it elsewhere and we hear it hit someone else). Lance then tries to punch Rick who avoids two of them, but is hit in the face by the third. During this, a Stephen Hawking lookalike is accidentally rolled into a display of bees that sting his head and upper body.
  • Rick spots a bus that has no brakes and an old woman and her small dog that are in its path. He then races there and pushes the lady out of the way. The bus hits him (not seen), and we then see it's dented all around him, while the old woman accidentally landed in a chipper, with just her legs sticking out and her small, leashed dog slowly being pulled into the same (we only hear the sound of its demise).
  • Uncle Albert accidentally fires a nail gun and Rick instinctively catches the nail, saying it was easy. To test that, Uncle Albert fires one at Trey, impaling his hand (no blood). Saying he has superhero powers, Rick tells Uncle Albert he bets he can't land a punch, so Uncle Albert punches Trey in the face, downing him. Uncle Albert then tries to jab a kitchen knife into Rick, but the blade bends.
  • We see a flashback to young Rick with his parents who are confronted by an armed robber in an alley. Rick then struggles with the robber, causing the handgun to fire and hit both of his parents, as well as one or more light fixtures that then fall and hit his parents on their heads. When his dad tells his son to get something in his pocket, Rick accidentally causes his dad's handgun to fire, with a bullet hitting his dad and his mom. The ring he mentioned then ends up falling into the dad's mouth, with young Rick having to hit his chest or stomach to make it pop back out. Rick then throws that ring that ricochets and hits him in the eye.
  • We hear all sorts of sounds of violence coming from Jill's house (to indicate usual discord there), including gunfire and a cat screeching.
  • Rick receives a shock from the electrified chain fence around Jill's yard. Forgetting that, he places two love birds down onto the same and they're zapped and disintegrate in a flash.
  • Upon an armed robber entering a bank, Rick tells Aunt Lucille to get down, but accidentally causes her to hit her head on a railing.
  • We hear the sound of gunfire outside and then see Uncle Albert lying on the street (wounded, but there's no blood). Uncle Albert is in pain, but that's because Rick is kneeling on his "balls."
  • Lou grabs a woman's arm and she turns old and dies. He then tries to stuff her body into a cabinet.
  • At a school for mutants, a boy stretches his long arm across the lawn to take a photo up a girl's skirt. In response, she sends her stretchy leg back at him to kick him in the crotch.
  • A mutant superhero sneezes and blows the head off the guy sitting next to him (no blood or gore).
  • A nature-controlling superhero causes lighting to strike Dr. Xavier.
  • Dr. Xavier apparently cheated on his wife with the Invisible Woman (not seen, but the wife is mad). As a result, the wife hits and grabs at the adulteress (briefly seen as Pamela Anderson sporting a lot of cleavage), followed by more hitting and struggling, Dr. Xavier's young child using his mental powers to blow his dad backwards, and the wife hits Rick.
  • Wearing his superhero mask for the first time, Rick realizes there's no breathing or eye holes, meaning he stumbles about and bangs his head on a lamp.
  • The Human Torch ignites and is then shocked he's actually on fire. Rick grabs a fire extinguisher but just hits him with the canister rather than the spray from it, and then accidentally throws gasoline onto him, thinking it's water. The Human Torch then stumbles and falls over a rooftop railing (we don't see the impact).
  • Rick jumps off a rooftop, but lands (spread-eagle) on a gargoyle or similar structure.
  • In a montage, we see Rick punching and otherwise striking various robbers and villains.
  • Lou throws an hourglass to the floor where it shatters and sends a piece of glass into his eye.
  • There's an explosion with some related property damage, followed by Rick punching Hourglass backwards. The two then struggle, followed by Hourglass throwing two titanium blades at Rick who tries to flip out of the way, but is struck by them in the legs.
  • Some punks follow Jill into an alley and corner her there, but Rick (as Dragonfly) comes to her rescue. He hits and kicks all of them (while avoiding one swinging a crowbar at him), and uses a trashcan lid on one before repeatedly bashing his head to a wall. He bends another's arm behind him and apparently breaks it, while also bashing a head repeatedly to a dumpster.
  • Aunt Lucille jabs a serving fork into Lou's hand for reaching for some food before saying the prayer (he yells out "Jesus!" and the others say "Amen").
  • An explosion blows a hole in a wall and knocks out Jill. Hourglass then reaches out for Aunt Lucille's face, and we later hear she's dead.
  • Rick throws a paperweight (or something similar) and it ricochets and hits him on the head.
  • At his wife's funeral, Uncle Albert jumps into the open casket, but is informed that he has the wrong woman (pointed out by roughly turning Aunt Lucille's prematurely aged head on her body). Moments later, the casket is accidentally knocked over and the body tumbles out, rolling onto an eternal flame and igniting, and is then quickly and fully engulfed in flames.
  • As Uncle Albert pulls up in a car, we see a person on the grill who falls off that, followed by kids holding onto playground equipment that he drags along as he pulls away.
  • Thinking he's Hourglass, Rick (as Dragonfly) grabs the Dalai Lama and repeatedly bashes his head to a podium and then repeatedly hits him on the head with a microphone. Rick then knocks various guards aside, followed by a melee at an awards show (where even the Pope punches someone and hot coffee spills into Stephen Hawking's lap in his wheelchair.
  • Hourglass causes an explosion, followed by a huge piece of concrete falling onto Rick (as Dragonfly). He then tosses that aside, but it or another piece falls onto him again. He throws it off again, and we hear someone cry out, "My eye!" Hourglass then throws a titanium blade at Rick, but Jill dives in the way to take the impact, and she's hit. Later, as Rick carries her, he accidentally hits her head on a door frame.
  • An explosion presumably kills Hourglass, while Rick and Jill fall a long way alongside a skyscraper (where various things hit them during the fall, but they're okay).
  • Uncle Albert slaps the back of Stephen Hawking's wheelchair, unintentionally sending it rolling toward a building edge where it hits and flips him out of the wheelchair and off the side of the building (we don't see any impact below).
  • As Rick (as Dragonfly) flies Jill through the sky, a helicopter hits both of them.
  • In the outtakes, Rick runs into a pole.
  • In the outtakes, a small planetary sculpture falls on Jill's head.
  • In the outtakes, Hourglass puts a "roofie" cloth over a woman's mouth and nose, trying to render her unconscious (thinking it's Jill).
  • In the outtakes, Trey throws a bronzed "douche bag" and hits someone with it.
  • In the outtakes, Hourglass and a fan dressed up like him "kill" others by grabbing and thus sucking the life from them.



  • Reviewed March 28, 2008 / Posted March 28, 2008

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