Superhero Movie

Theatrical Release: March 28, 2008
Superhero Movie


Finally, the guys behind the outrageously silly “Scary Movie” franchise have used their own ‘special powers’ to spoof superhero movies. After being bitten by a genetically altered dragonfly, high school loser Rick Riker develop superhuman abilities like incredible strength and armored skin. Rick decides to use his new powers for good and becomes a costumed crime fighter known as “The Dragonfly.” However, standing in the way of his destiny is the villainous Lou Landers. After an experiment gone wrong, Lou develops the power to steal a person’s life force and in a dastardly quest for immortality becomes the supervillain, “The Hourglass.” With unimaginable strength, unbelievable speed and deeply uncomfortable tights, will the Dragonfly be able to stop the sands of The Hourglass and save the world? More importantly, will we stop laughing long enough to notice?

Dove Review

I know who Drake Bell is. I have a fifteen year old son who loves the TV show “Drake and Josh”. Drake is a singer and is actually funny sometimes on the TV show. I had at least a few hopes this movie, with him as the star, would be funny. Well, life is full of disappointments.

Some adolescents might find it amusing, but I didn’t. It is filled with strong language, talk of drug use, a ton of sexual innuendos and…it isn’t funny. One guy laughed out loud once during the screening I was at. Two people walked out during the film. Now, to be fair, maybe they were taking a bathroom break. But if that is the case, it was sure one long restroom break as they never made it back.

The premise is that Drake Bell, known as Rick Riker in the film, in addition to “Dragonfly”, is bitten by a dragonfly while attending a school project. The whole movie is a spoof on the various “Spider-man” movies starring Tobey Maguire, and Sara Paxton as Jill Johnson is Kirsten Dunst’s “Mary Jane Watson” to Bell’s “Peter Parker” in the film. They even recreate many of the original scenes from the films. Unfortunately for them, those movies were interesting to watch. This one isn’t. This film cannot receive our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal as there is too much objectionable material, which is listed below.

Content Description

Faith: None
Violence: A fight at a party; several punches and fights and much of it fantasy oriented; a little blood is shown; a character is knifed a couple of times.
Sex: A ton of sexual innuendos and in a few cases a character gropes a woman's breasts, not noticing or caring that he is doing it; kissing.
Language: Too much strong language to keep track of including biblical profanity and sexual slang including male and female genitalia comments..
Violence: A fight at a party; several punches and fights and much of it fantasy oriented; a little blood is shown; a character is knifed a couple of times.
Drugs: Several drug references: a character uses a bong; beer is offered to a minor; a character imitating Barry Bonds eats steroid tablets; "High Times" magazine in seen; vodka is consumed.
Nudity: A male character pulls a peeping Tom impression and watches a girl in just her bra from a window opposite the house; both male and female nipples are seen through clothing in a wet scene, recreated from "Spider-man"; strong cleavage scenes.
Other: A character vomits in a fish bowl; another vomiting scene; a few flatulence scenes including one that goes on for several minutes; a man picks his nose.


Company: MGM/UA
Writer: Craig Mazin
Director: Craig Mazin
Producer: Robert K. Weiss
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 85 min.
Starring: Drake Bell, Sara Paxton, Christopher McDonald, Leslie Nielsen
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter