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YMMV / Mystery Men

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  • Adaptation Displacement: The movie really has nothing to do with the great Flaming Carrot comics it takes its name from, but it's easily good enough on its own.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is the spirit of the Bowler's father really in the bowling ball, or does the Bowler have some form of telekinesis (inherited from her father) and an Imaginary Friend and/or schizophrenia?
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The entire skunk-humping-the-Spleen's-leg scene.
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  • Complete Monster: In the otherwise-comedic film, the vicious Casanova Frankenstein is released from the asylum he's been in for twenty years. Showing he hasn't changed in the slightest, Casanova promptly blows the Asylum up and abducts his old nemesis Captain Amazing, who had him released in the first place out of boredom. Planning to create the greatest act of evil Champion City has ever seen, Casanova unveils the Psycho-Frakulator that will painfully warp reality and kill every citizen in the city. Delighted by his own evil, Casanova even kills his own henchmen just to prove a point to the heroes when they try to stop him and abducts hero Mr. Furious's girlfriend with obvious lewd intentions before attempting to annihilate the city with them.
  • Cult Classic: There are Alamo Drafthouse screenings of it.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Casanova Frankenstein relishes a hammy moment where he eats an apple.
    • Lance Hunt pretends to be Captain Amazing's sponsor as cover. Currently, Batman's doing the exact same thing.
    • Captain Amazing sporting a superhero costume plastered in corporate logos becomes sort of a precursor to the Product Placement costumes of Tiger & Bunny.
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  • Nightmare Retardant: The Seinfeldian Conversation before, during, and after Captain Amazing's death.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Dane Cook appears as the Waffle Man aka The Waffler during the superhero try-outs.
    • Also Doug Jones is Pencil Head in the aforementioned auditions.
    • Cee Lo Green to those who have known him post-"Crazy" as a member of the Not So Goodie Mob.
    • Sung Kang, who would go on to play Han in the Fast & Furious series, appears as a henchman during the big villain gang get-together; it was his first film credit.


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