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By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Bawdy humor, salty language in retired superheroes comedy.

Movie R 2019 84 minutes
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The twilight years of superheroes is a clever idea that's worth exploring, but the lowbrow jokey humor in this film makes it come off like a bawdy '80s sitcom. Supervized is directed by Steve Barron, who gave MTV kids many of the music videos they grew up with, including the iconic A-ha "Take on Me" video. The movie's special effects aren't as sophisticated as in that classic, but the campy tone and cheesy visual effects all come straight out of that era.

The familiar faces are a welcome sight: Bridges, Gossett Jr., and Berenger show they've still got it, and Irish actress Flanagan is a wonder as a superhero who seems just as powerful without her special skills. Add in the excellent Fiona Glascott as the senior care facility manager, and the film is elevated far beyond what the script has to offer. But the lewd, crude, and outdated dialogue evokes a feeling of pity that such top-notch talent is now relegated to working in a film that's beneath their abilities. Though that does fit with the movie's message: The elderly possess the superpower of invisibility because society ignores and forgets them. That's a worthy takeaway, but in creating an unmemorable film that's most likely to appeal to seniors, the message is more likely to be relatable than actionable.

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