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Not by Seltzer and Friedberg, it's actually from Craig Mazin and David Zucker, the creative team behind Scary Movie 3 and 4. While Superhero Movie still relies on some of their gags, it can still be considered as good a quality movie as the Scary Movie series.

Being a parody of the Spider-Man Trilogy films, it uses the basic premise. Kid isn't popular, goes on field trip to science-y place, gets bitten by a bug, gets superpowers. Meanwhile, the kid's crush's boyfriend's uncle's company is working on an untested device that can cure anything and tries it on himself to heal his terminal illness, which is due to kill him in one hour. It explodes, and gives him some nifty powers that allow him to suck the life out of people, starting with the board of directors who were observing his demonstration.



  • Alliterative Name: Rick Riker (Drake Bell) and Jill Johnson (Sara Paxton).
  • Alone Among the Couples: After forcing himself to reject Jill, a saddened Rick walks down a street, the people he passes by being exclusively couples (performing more and more exaggerated romantic activities).
  • Badass Preacher: In one scene, the Pope beats up Dragonfly, marking him as this (Especially if we consider that an earlier scene, Dragonfly had defeated several security guards easily).
  • Beard of Sorrow: Parodied. It's fake.
  • Black Best Friend: Trey to Rick.
  • Black Comedy: Rick being tricked into attacking the Dalai Lama, and the fight that ensues.
    • Uncle Albert tries to have sex with the corpse of a woman after confusing her with his dead wife.
  • Butt-Monkey: Rick. And Lance, to an extent. Stephen Hawking also suffers quite a lot of punishment.
  • Clique Tour: Trey tells Rick about the bus cliques such as the jocks, the nerds, the emos, the Frodos, and the Scarface Society.
  • Comically Missing the Point: The Hourglass's titanium blades can cut through diamonds. But Dragonfly's ace in the hole...?
    Dragonfly: I'm not wearing any diamonds.
    • Lampshaded by an irritated eye-roll from the Hourglass immediately afterward.
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  • Embarrassing Cover-Up: After discovering Rick's identity, Lou Landers excuses himself from Thanksgiving dinner by claiming to have "shat [his] pants."
  • Fake-Hair Drama: Invisible Woman's weave is ripped off by Charles Xavier's wife.
  • Farts on Fire: Rick and his girlfriend attempt to have a meaningful conversation by candlelight. Too bad Rick's sleeping aunt keeps farting...
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Jill who's blonde and a very sweet girl.
  • Identifying the Body: Spoofed. After Rick's aunt is killed by the Hourglass, Rick is asked to identify the body:
    Doctor: This is going to be difficult, but we need you to identify the body.
    Rick: [takes a look] That's not my aunt.
    Doctor: I know. That's why it's so difficult.
  • I Fell for Hours: At the end. Lampshaded by Rick.
    Rick: Wow, this is a really tall building.
  • Jerk Jock: Lance.
  • Killer Bees: One of the projects at the school science fair is about how to raise them. Rick accidentally knocks Stephen Hawking into the hive.
  • Mess of Woe: Uncle Albert comments on the state of the room when Rick has his Beard of Sorrow.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Rick seems to do this a lot.
  • No Indoor Voice: The editor-in-chief of the newspaper (until he's taken away by the mental hospital attendants) yells much like J. Jonah Jameson, except he's even louder.
  • Oh, Crap!: Resulting in this PG-13 movie's Precision F-Strike.
  • Overly Long Gag: There's a lot, unfortunately.
  • Precision F-Strike
    Lou: (after a crotch-mounted bomb is right in his face) Oh fuck.
  • Riches to Rags: Rick's family was worth billions when he was a little boy. Unfortunately his father was a terrible investor (telling his son to get rid of Google stock and putting everything into Enron while he was dying), so by present day he is middle class.
  • Roadside Wave: Happens to Rick courtesy of a "Just Married" limousine during his Alone Among the Couples montage.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Rick is a rare accidental example; In trying to save his parents from a mugger, he inadvertantly inflicted fatal injures upon them.
  • Shout-Out: Leslie Nielsen accidentally sends Stephen Hawking's wheelchair into some railing, and launching Mr. Hawking flying into the air, almost exactly as he did to OJ Simpson in the first Naked Gun movie.
  • Skewed Priorities: Sure, an old man got shot and is probably dying, but this dancing monkey nearby is pretty neat!
  • Spider-Man Send-Up: Rick Ricker is about as deliberate a Spider-Man parody as you could make, specifically Tobey Maguire's interpretation of Spider-Man.
  • Stand-In Portrait: At one point, Lou Landers poses behind a framed sheet of glass in the wall and walks out from behind it when a meeting starts.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Rick's father. In one scene, Rick looks at photos which show him swimming with sharks, playing Russian Roulette, and dressing up as a Klu Klux Klan member among a group of less-than-amused black people.
  • Unwanted Assistance: When the young Rick tries to fight off a mugger, the mugger's gun shoots wildly, injuring Rick's father and mother. Rick's father begs him to stop after a few moments of this.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: The Hourglass. But at least he gets one, unlike...
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Rick. And he ends up feeding the fishes with itinvoked.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Despite being a wacky comedy, Hourglass can be pretty intimidating and has the least slapstick and moments of stupidity of the film's characters. That his powers are actually fairly horrifying certainly adds to his Villainous presence.
  • Your Costume Needs Work: Done to Rick by a Hollywood Nerd at the Hero-Con.
  • You Killed My Father: During the credits, Lance tries to attack Dragonfly for killing his uncle, but is knocked out by Trey.
  • You're Not My Father: Parodied:
    Rick: You're not my father.
    Uncle Albert: But I love you like your father did. I believe in you like your father did. I even had sex with your mother just like your father did!


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Rick Ricker, AKA The Dragonfly

Having gotten powers from a genetically modified dragonfly, Rick Ricker is about as deliberate a Spider-Man parody as you could make, specifically Tobey Maguire's interpretation of Spider-Man.

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