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Movies Based on Comic Books

'Mystery Men' (1999)

Ages: 12+

Starring: Hank Azaria, Janeane Garofalo, William H. Macy

What Parents Should Know: Parents need to know that "Mystery Men" is a silly superhero satire that's rife with potty humor. One character in particular, The Spleen, boasts the superpower of superhuman flatulence, and there are jokes galore about his powerful gas. There are several non-gory electrocutions, and three characters are incinerated and mutilated onscreen, including the surprise death of a main character. At one point, a group of superheroes drink together in a bar and get silly and tipsy; at another, a group of female villains is hit with a shrink ray that shrinks only their clothes while a male superhero makes an erection joke. Other characters put each other down and call each other "moron" or "idiot." Altogether, the movie is terrifically goofy, but a lot of fun for teens and parents who enjoy superhero movies or screwball satires. —Common Sense Media (Photo: Universal Pictures)

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