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Superstar  

Cast
Mary Katherine Gallagher (Molly Shannon)
Sky (Will Ferrell)
Slater (Harland Williams)
Evian (Elaine Hendrix)
Father Ritley (Mark McKinney)
Directed by Bruce McCulloch Written by Steve Koren
Rated PG-13 for sex-related humor and language Running Time: 89 minutes

 

Distributed by Paramount

Superstar is a wacky and typical Saturday Night Live movie. Mary Katherine Gallagher (Shannon) is the geek of her Catholic high school class. All Mary wants is a meaningful, long, dramatic, and wet kiss. Her object of affection is Sky (Ferrell), the most popular guy in school. Mary becomes convinced that the only way that Sky will ever kiss her is if she becomes a big superstar like in the movies. Mary seizes the opportunity when a magazine sponsors a talent contest. The winner of the contest gets to be an extra in a movie. Obstacles begin to rise against Mary left to right, the biggest being Sky's cruel girlfriend, Evian, and Mary's grandmother. However, Mary never gives up her goal to getting a kiss because she is, of course, a superstar.

Superstar is crazy movie based off of Molly Shannon's own character sketch on Saturday Night Live. It does get a little annoying after awhile, but it is also hilarious like many of the Saturday Night Live films.

The acting is terrific because of the natural comedic talents involved in Superstar. Molly Shannon blends in nice physical comedy into her performance as Mary. Shannon is a nice comedic actress, a category that is dying out. Maybe Shannon can help lead comedic females back into the spotlight. Will Ferrell is very funny as the popular guy, Sky. Ferrell just keeps delivering nutty characters to the screen. He was seen earlier this year in Austin Powers: The Spy who Shagged Me and also in Dick. Then there is Harland Williams, who plays Slater. Slater is a mysterious biker that doesn't say anything and just pops up everywhere. Williams is very amusing as the stilled biker. His performance reminded me a lot of the mysterious cigarette-puffing cowboy character in Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion. Williams's previous credits include the title role in Rocketman, Dumb and Dumber, and There's Something About Mary. Outside of these three performances, there isn't any other good acting in Superstar. The worst of all the acting in the cast is Elaine Hendrix, who plays Evian. I guess the audience is supposed to hate this character a lot; I know I did. Hendrix is just overacts in the role of the evil and backstabbing witch of the high school. However, Hendrix's performance is dismal behind the performances by Williams, Shannon, and Ferrell.

Lorne Michaels wrote the script. I think that probably Shannon especially improved a lot of this movie. I believe that she also had to have contributed to the script, because the lead character is her own development. The script is filled with stupidity and loose ends; however, with a film like this, a good script is not need, just good comedic actors.

Superstar is a film that will make you laugh a lot, but it also just gets so dumb and uncompleted. This is how Saturday Night Live movies are supposed to be, dumb and uncompleted. The movie's only goal is to make the audiences laugh.

Report Card Grade: C+

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