Mystery Men

1999 PG-13 2h 2m DVD

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Mystery Men

1999 PG-13 2h 2m DVD
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This comedy spoof follows a team of far-from-super heroes as they try to overcome their shortcomings and earn respect. Champion City is kept safe by the brave and dashing Captain Amazing, but when he disappears, the Mystery Men spring into action.
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
Subtitles
English
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Rating
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
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Reviews

age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Mystery Men is a silly superhero satire that's rife with potty humor. One character in particular, The Spleen, boasts the superpower of superhuman flatulence, and there are jokes galore about his powerful gas. There are several non-gory electrocutions, and three characters are incinerated and mutilated onscreen, including the surprise death of a main character. At one point, a group of superheroes drink together in a bar and get silly and tipsy; at another, a group of female villains is hit with a shrink ray that shrinks only their clothes while a male superhero makes an erection joke. Other characters put each other down and call each other "moron" or "idiot." Altogether, the movie is terrifically goofy, but a lot of fun for teens and parents who enjoy superhero movies or screwball satires.

Sexual Content

There is some flirting between men and women, and mention of dates and some characters being attractive (or not). In one scene, female villains are hit with a shrinking ray that shrinks their clothes into tight, short dresses; one character makes an erection joke afterwards.

Violence

Much comic-book violence, including the (not very gory) incineration/mutilation of several characters. Most of the superhero battles, however, involve characters being pushed over or punched rather than shot or killed.

Language

One curse: "Oh, s--t." There are tons of references to passing gas: "Pull my finger!" "Silent but deadly." Characters insult each other: "Moron!"

Social Behavior

Friendship and working together are valued highly in this otherwise quite silly movie; some of the bonds between the titular superheroes are actually quite touching.

Consumerism

One character wears a uniform emblazoned with sponsor names: Rayovac, Pepsi.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Characters drink in a bar, one gets a bit tipsy and slurs.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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