| Ed Gruberman (Justin Whalin who played Jimmy Olsen in "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman") is a nerd who wants to be a costumed superhero. He joins a team of dysfunctional misfit heroes-in-training living in a halfway house.
The ridiculous and nonsensical story has Ed traveling through time to foil a criminal mastermindís evil plot involving gold bullion.
This sorry excuse for a parody of crime-fighting caped crusaders plays like a rejected television pilot. It features a number of familiar B-movie/television actors including June Lockhart ("Lassie"), Adam West ("Batman"), Tom Sizemore ("Saving Private Ryan," "Pearl Harbor" and "Black Hawk Down") and Clint Howard (Ronís brother).
The movieís only strength is the fabulous comic book/MAD magazine cartoon imagery by humorous illustrator Tom Richmond.
Writer/director Ray Griggs embarrasses his cadre of actors with a predictable storyline, dumb dialogue and outrageous unflattering spandex outfits. He even breaks the third wall by having Whalin speak directly through the camera to the audience.
The target audience of teenage boys will be attracted to Christine Lakin, who plays the fiery femme fatale Red, and Danielle Harris as Edís blue-clad love interest Felicia Freeze.
The soundtrack has familiar pop tunes ("Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head") and a great closing song ("Believe It or Not").
This amateurish movie has very few laughs and should have gone straight to DVD. The pacing is sluggish and it seems longer than the 90-minute running time. It gets my vote as the worst movie of the year.
Keith Cohen "The Movie Guy"