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Mystery Men - Movie Synopsis & Plot

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Welcome to the bustling metropolis of Champion City, a thriving community of decent, hard-working citizens where the average man still has time to harbor fantasies of becoming a superhero.

Roy (Ben Stiller) has a dead-end job at a Junkyard. He has the boss from hell, whose hollering and constant put-downs serve as a daily test for him to keep his powers in check-his violent temper, which he projects upon anyone who dares to cross his path. Jeffrey (Hank Azaria) lives at home with his mother, where he spends his time locked in his room, burning incense and throwing forks and spoons at pretend attackers. Clad in his son's baseball vest and roller-blading kneepads, Eddie (William H. Macy) is an expert at wielding a shovel. He desperately longs for support from his family, but instead is teased by his children and scolded by his wife. By day, they are blue-collar workers. By night, Roy, Jeffrey and Eddie become Mr. Furious, The Blue Raja and The Shoveler, combing the streets in search of any villains to be found.

But the city already has a resident superhero, Captain Amazing (Greg Kinnear), and he's seen to it that the city is virtually crime-free. In fact, he's bored and worried about his flailing commercial endorsements, and is pushing his publicist for better crime-fighting gigs. These days, there's barely enough work to keep one superhero busy, let alone a trio of motley superhero wannabes ... but all that is about to change.

Desperate for something to do, Captain Amazing has arranged for evil madman Casanova Frankenstein (Geoffrey Rush), his most formidable nemesis, to be released from the hospital for the criminally insane. Free at last, Casanova has plans of his own, beginning with the capture of Captain Amazing, followed by the destruction of Champion City and all its inhabitants.

Now with their number-one hero out of commission, who can the citizens of Champion City call upon to save them?

Who else but our team of aspiring superheroes - Mr. Furious, The Blue Raja and The Shoveler-along with their four new recruits: The Spleen (Paul Reubens), the victim of an old Gypsy woman's curse, who is now the purveyor of noxious fumes; Invisible Boy (Kel Mitchell), who after years of being overlooked has developed the power to turn invisible-only when no one else is looking; The Bowler (Janeane Garofalo), daughter of the late Carmine the Bowler, whose skill with a bowling ball leaves criminals shaking in her path; and The Sphinx (Wes Studi), a mysterious crime-fighter from down south, who has the power to slice guns in half with his mind.

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