Super Capers Is Dumb Parody For Next Generation Geeks

The geeks that came of age thrilling to blockbusters like the original Star Warstrilogy and Back to the Futureare settling into contented adulthood and the joys of child-rearing. But just as George Lucas recently unleashed The Clone Warsas a way to lure his fans’ progeny into his lair, so too does writer-director Ray Griggs’s juvenile Super Caperstarget the next generation, hoping that kids will be interested in a witless send-up of pop-culture detritus like light sabers, Batmobiles and “Hasta la vista, baby.” The film concerns Ed Gruberman (Justin Whalin), a mild-mannered do-gooder with dreams of being a superhero despite his lack of any discernible powers, who befriends a group of burgeoning caped crusaders. In the revolting tradition of Superhero Movie and Fanboys, Super Capersisn’t so much a filmed entertainment as it is a patchwork of “Hey, remember thismovie?” references separated by plot machinations so torturous that you start to long for the mind-numbing familiarity of the parody sequences. Wielding dopey humor and a vaguely pro-Christian message, Griggs seeks to create a family-friendly kids film that pays homage to the comic-book and sci-fi movies of his childhood. But considering how moldy its satirical targets are, Super Capers will probably just convince young people that what their parents loved sucks.

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