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.
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.
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.
One curse: "Oh, s--t." There are tons of references to passing gas: "Pull my finger!" "Silent but deadly." Characters insult each other: "Moron!"
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.
One character wears a uniform emblazoned with sponsor names: Rayovac, Pepsi.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Characters drink in a bar, one gets a bit tipsy and slurs.