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      The Specials

      R Released Sep 18, 2000 1h 28m Comedy List
      47% Tomatometer 15 Reviews 55% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings In a crowded and competitive market, wannabe superheroes (Rob Lowe, Jamie Kennedy, Thomas Haden Church) pride themselves on being the seventh-best unit in the world. Read More Read Less
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      Clever, funny, and exciting.

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      Stephen Holden New York Times Rated: 2.5/5 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Caffeinated Clint Moviehole Very funny, Well worth a look Rated: 3/5 Sep 5, 2008 Full Review Film Threat Rated: 3.5/5 Dec 6, 2005 Full Review Michael Szymanski Rated: 1/5 Sep 23, 2005 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Aug 29, 2005 Full Review Sean Axmaker St@tic Multimedia It's such a low key parody that the undercurrent of deadpan nuttiness and sheer invention just sneaks up on you. Jul 5, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Brad P Imbued with the anything goes gorilla filmmaking spirit of Troma and a deep love for comic books, writer James Gunn garnered a fair amount of attention for this script in the late nineties and deservedly so. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review anthony b A minor film with a modest budget, but still ahead of its time and very funny thanks to a clever screenplay by James Gunn. The Specials was a fanboy labor of love that mostly works. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Drier and more absurd than Mystery Men, this is a true classic of superhero parody. Everyone in the cast delivers a top notch performance and the superhero world they live in, implied by their offhand comments, is sublimely faithful to the genre. A very human film about flawed but likable characters. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Funny in places - dull in others. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Low-budget film about a low-budget superhero team. Some good ideas and a great cast, but sadly just sort of peters out. It didn't need any sort of special effects, but it did need to have some sort of resolution. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member I loved the movie. It wasn't suppose to be epic or a blockbuster, but what it did succeed at was being incredibly funny in a complete deadpan comedy way. I laughed through the entire movie at some of the outlandish situations or straight-faced comic deliveries. In my opinion it's like if Mystery Men was made by a the team that made the BBC show Black Books... Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In a crowded and competitive market, wannabe superheroes (Rob Lowe, Jamie Kennedy, Thomas Haden Church) pride themselves on being the seventh-best unit in the world.
      Craig Mazin
      Mark A. Altman, Dan Bates, Rick Mischel
      James Gunn
      Regent Entertainment [us]
      Production Co
      Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, Mindfire Entertainment
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 18, 2000, Original
      Release Date (DVD)
      Feb 22, 2005
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      1h 28m
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