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Mystery Men

  

Director: Kinka Usher
Actors: William H. Macy, Janeane Garofalo, Greg Kinnear, Geoffrey Rush, Paul Ruebens, Ben Stiller, and Louise Lasser
Rating: Rated "PG-13"

Hollywood never learns! "Men in Black" was a big success so instead of finding out why, just remake it with a different cast, in this case again use another comic book and people your plot with seven super-heroes that lack superpowers but are instead your mailman, your local car salesman, and--well, you get the idea.

Next remake Gotham City (and steal a great deal from the first two "Batman" movies), calling it Champion City. Now hire some topflight actors including William H. Macy, Janeane Garofalo, Greg Kinnear, and Geoffrey Rush as the villain, then throw in Paul Ruebens and Ben Stiller. And letís not forget Louise Lasser of "Mary Hartmann" fame, who can be forgiven.

As to their superpowers, have one hero able to aim blasts of flatulence, another use her fatherís skull encased in a clear plastic bowling ball, another fight crime with tossed silverware, another use a shovel as his weapon of choice, another get so angry he canít control himself, and another spout Eastern aphorisms--and hope for the best.

As far as Iím concerned, it didnít work and itís back to the drawing board.

But will Hollywood learn?

Hardly.