Mystery Men (1999)

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This week on Alcohollywood, Mystery Month continues with the 1999 superhero comedy Mystery Men! This campy tale of a group of misfit superheroes who attempt to save Champion City from the evil Casanova Frankenstein (Geoffrey Rush) is definitely interesting in concept – and helped by a great cast – but the script is incredibly spotty. Director Kinka Usher’s schizophrenic direction and the poorly aged music and song choices don’t help, but the film manages to find quite a few moments of self aware superhero comedy. However, none of this leads o a film that add up to more than the sum of its parts. Guest Jesse joins us for our review and drinking game, along with a quiz – check it out!

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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: The Psycho-frakulator

mystery men cocktail2 parts lemon vodka
2 parts cherry rum
1 part triple sec
2 parts gin
2 parts silver tequila
1 part blackcurrant liqueur
4 parts watermelon juice
1 part lime juice
2 parts lemon-lime soda

Combine liquors and juices and shake; top with lemon-lime soda.

DRINKING RULES FOR MYSTERY MEN:

  1. Anytime a character delivers a pun
  2. Uncomfortable close-ups of characters’ faces
  3. Every time a character explain their superpower or gang-related gimmick

FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:

The Shoveler (William H. Macy) says “Now do we go out there and kick some Casanova butt… OR DO I EAT THIS SANDWICH?!”

Join us next week when we take a look at the 1930s horror film Mystery of the Wax Museum!

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