Superstar

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Even SNL fans will find this movie too long.
  • PG-13
  • 1999
  • 81 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages
Violence

Some comic pratfalls and fights.

Sex

Comic and insult references.

Language

Some strong language.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Character pretends to be high.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there are a number of raunchy references and a portrayal of Mary Katherine's vision of Jesus that may be offensive to some viewers.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMarieB 2 September 20, 2015

It's okay....

I was a bit uncomfortable sitting with my kids while a blonde girl said "ti**ies" at least twice during the movie. Also Will Ferrell had a couple of... Continue reading
Parent of a 15 and 17 year old Written byJared82379469 August 31, 2014

Superstar suffers not so much from having Will Ferrell play a teenage boy, but simply because it is not very funny.

Ok, the good news: Superstar isn't very long, and it's not as bad as Night at the Roxbury or It's Pat. Will Ferrell gives a good performance as S... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old April 2, 2010
Teen, 16 years old Written bymovieman09 April 9, 2008

Extremely Funny

this is by far one of the funniest movies i have ever seen. there are some references and innuendo that can get pretty bad. 12 and up.

What's the story?

Mary Katherine (Molly Shannon) has one dream—she wants to be passionately kissed. While she waits, she practices on whatever is available, including a tree and a stop sign. Ultimately, she becomes a little more specific in her dream. She wants to be kissed by high school dream date Sky (Will Ferrell). And she decides that since he is going steady with pretty cheerleader Evian (Elaine Hendrix) the only way to get his attention is to become a superstar. And she thinks she can do that by winning the Catholic Teen Magazine VD Awareness Talent Contest. Other attempts at humor include a boy with obsessive-compulsive disorder, a television falling on a dog, an Irish step-dancing tragedy, and repeated falling down and showing of the world's whitest cotton underpants.

Is it any good?

Even fans of the Mary Katherine Gallagher skits on Saturday Night Live will find this movie overlong at 82 minutes. It is one thing for a 30-something woman to play the part of a high school girl in a skit, but another to watch her try to act the part of a high school girl in a movie, even one as plotless as this one.

Younger teens will get a kick out of the naughty words and slapstick humor and may even relate to Mary Katherine's struggle to become someone who is admired while staying true to herself. Any older folks who wander in by mistake may enjoy some references to old movies, especially Made-for-TV classics like The Boy in the Plastic Bubble.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the careless cruelty and need to conform of many high school students, and Mary Katherine's growing understanding that "you have to be your own rainbow" and that what matters is what she thinks about herself, not what Sky thinks about her.

Movie details

For kids who love comedies

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