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Super (2010)

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After his wife falls under the influence of a drug dealer, an everyday guy transforms himself into Crimson Bolt, a superhero with the best intentions, but lacking in heroic skills.

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James Gunn

Writer:

James Gunn
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rainn Wilson ... Frank Darbo
Ellen Page ... Libby
Liv Tyler ... Sarah
Kevin Bacon ... Jacques
Gregg Henry ... Detective John Felkner
Michael Rooker ... Abe
Andre Royo ... Hamilton
Sean Gunn ... Toby
Stephen Blackehart ... Quill
Don Mac Don Mac ... Mr. Range
Linda Cardellini ... Pet Store Employee
Nathan Fillion ... The Holy Avenger
Gerardo Davila ... Cop (as Gerardo Davilla)
Grant Goodman ... Young Frank
Paul T. Taylor ... Frank Sr. (as Paul Taylor)
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Storyline

Frank Darrbo is a hapless fry cook. When his wife Sarah falls off the wagon and dumps him for Jacques, a drug dealer, Frank tries to get her back by reporting her kidnapped, grabbing her from Jacques' car, and wailing for her to return. After watching Christian TV and having a vision, he becomes a superhero to fight evil. He sews a costume, finds a weapon (a pipe wrench) and looks for crimes to stop. He has problems: his wrench inflicts real injury, so the cops want him for being a vigilante, his sense of boundaries is flawed, and Jacques' gang has guns. Libby, a clerk at a comic book store, becomes his sidekick, and it's time to go save Sarah. What chance do they have? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Shut up, crime!

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, pervasive language, sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 2011 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

Super - Attento crimine!!! See more »

Filming Locations:

Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,549, 3 April 2011

Gross USA:

$327,716

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$422,618
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Rainn Wilson came to the project via Jenna Fischer's relationship with her ex-husband James Gunn. Gunn was discussing his script with Fischer and asked her to take a look at it, sending her a copy on the set of The Office (2005). Fischer read the script, loved it and thought Wilson would be a great choice as the lead. She gave the script to her co-worker, and Wilson immediately decided to make the film. See more »

Goofs

When Jacques' goons beat up Darbo, the sunlight shadows disappear and reappear on the road between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Frank D'Arbo: I've had two perfect moments in my life. The first is when I married Sarah. The other, I was downtown.
[purse snatcher runs past]
Frank D'Arbo: He went in there, officer.
Frank D'Arbo: Two perfect moments, which offset a life of pain.
[getting spanked as a child]
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Crazy Credits

The credits encourage viewers to "Follow Team Super on Twitter": "@james_gunn - James Gunn @tedhope - Ted Hope @ambushent - Miranda Bailey @rainnwilson - Rainn Wilson @nathanfillion - Nathan Fillion"

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Connections

References Batman Returns (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Mallin Box
Written by Tree Adams (BMI)
Performed by Tree Adams
Licensed by Arrangement with New Dog Old Trix (BMI)
Courtesy of Treehouse Music Inc.
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My favorite film.
26 June 2019 | by thebeanbrotherSee all my reviews

I went into this film expecting something in the vein of "Kick-Ass" or "Mystery Men" After all, there is a lot of potential in taking the piss out of the superhero concept. However, what I came away with after seeing this for the first time was one of the most unique and genuinely great experiences in a movie I'd ever gotten, period.

On paper, this is just a dumb fun superhero spoof with the added bonus of an R rating, but the script for this film is absolutely outstanding. I'd hardly even consider it a superhero spoof, it's more so a black comedy with a very gripping and fascinating main character. Frank Darbo is a man who's outlook of morality is so juvenile, the way he copes with his terrible life is cobbling together a crappy Halloween costume of a superhero he made up for himself, and enforcing brutal, unflinching vigilante justice on all the wrong people. Not only is this a stupidly funny concept that is explored to its fullest potential in the movie, it also serves as a backbone for a very satisfying, if not bitter sweet story of a man learning the true, realistic nature of good and evil. It's not really poking a lot of fun at your typical superhero schlock, it more so uses the superhero motif to reflect how simplistic and child like our two leads are, that they would be so narrow minded as to think that parading around in tights is in any way doing good for society. So when reality sets in and it's no longer funny and over the top superhero comedy in the final act, it hits the viewer about as hard as the main characters.

The cast is great, the performances are great, the dialogue is really cleverly written, the technical stuff like the camera work, practical effects, score, ranges from very serviceable to fantastic (apart from one or two instances of really bad cgi) I don't think the film is a straight up masterpiece, which is why it's a 7 and not a 10. If I rated movies purely out of my enjoyment for them, this would be a 10 no doubt, but it's important for me to mention that this isn't like some groundbreaking arthouse movie that redefines storytelling, It's my favorite movie more so because it achieves everything it sets out to do, it has a fantastic final battle that left me in shock the first time I saw it, and the main character is fun and interesting to follow I feel hits really close to home for people who are a little socially isolated, and wish the world was a simpler place. Do yourself a favor, and watch what I believe to be James Gunn's magnum opus.


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