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The very first scene where Will adds weights to the barbells to make it seem like he has superstrength and the Commander innocently lobs the bar at him while walking out was funny (though based on Schadenfreude). And when Ron Wilson, Bus Driver shouts down Will while he’s getting on the bus to Sky High to avoid anyone hearing him and then launches the bus in an extremely conspicuous manner that’s funny. When Sonic Boom asks for each super to show his or her powers to figure out if they’re heroes or sidekicks (something Layla calls unfair eliciting the title quote) the ensuing exercise is funny. The fact that those deemed heroes instantly become popular and the sidekicks become uncool in a Sorting Hat style parody of high school cliques is funny. When Warren Peace gives Layla profound advice about love and reveals that he read it off a fortune cookie that’s funny. When All American Boy’s Hero Support class includes him teaching “holy” catchphrase à la Batman it’s funny. Every scene with Ron Wilson, Bus Driver is funny. In fact, it would be easier for me to list parts of this movie I didn’t find funny then parts, I did. In fact, here it goes.
Royal Pain’s Hannibal Lecture proclaiming “my only regret is that this might be the greatest evil villain speech ever given and none of you will ever remember it”. The Incredibles and Shazam did a much better job of making fun of supervillain monologues than this movie did.
I like how Warren Peace starts off like a real jerkass with a grudge against Will but thanks to save the citizen and his waiter job, Hothead turns out to be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold in stark contrast to the deliberately over the top bully characters.
I like how Royal Pain’s origin story connects to the dichotomy of hero and sidekick.
I like how Will starts out oblivious to Layla’s affections but ultimately finds out about them from Hothead (Yes, I know only Sonic Boom calls him that) and how that leads Will to realize what a jerk he’s been.
And sidekicks saving the day might have become a cliché at this point when you consider the Titans series, Sidekick, SpiderMan Far From Home and to a lesser extent WandaVision but this might be a case of "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny and even if it’s not I think that the idea is quite well-executed.
And I love the ending of the film where Jetstorm says this award belongs to the sidekicks I mean hero support and the Commander comments “call them what they are, heroes”.
What do I not like about the movie. The Mad Science professor being immune to Royal Pain’s Pacifier was an ass pull though even that was justified by the Rule of Funny. It Makes Sense in Context
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