Superstar

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

The title pretty much says it all. Well, if the title were “This is a bad movie” that is..Superstar is the story of one, Mary Katherine Gallagher. We all know Mary Katherine from her Saturday Night Live skits in which she plays a Cathlolic schoolgirl constantly striving for attention. This movie is no different, only longer. Mary longs for the “cool guy” in school by the name of Sky Corrigan (fellow SNL’er Will Farrell). He’s the “hip guy” who everyone loves and wants to hang around. He is dating the ultra-bitch Evian (not the water, though they can’t resist the temptaion and reference that in the movie) who has her own little group of followers that are at her beck and call and admire her for some odd reason (personally I don’t think she’s that good-looking). And, the long and short of it is that’s it. The whole 82 minutes is basically an extended version of her comedy skit on Saturday Night Live.

The film was directed by Bruce McCollugh of The Kids In The Hall. McCollugh is extremely talented and very funny, and it’s interesting that he and co-star Will Ferrell starred in another movie I didn’t like, Dick. Now don’t get me wrong, I like Bruce and I like Will they are both very funny. While it’s true that casting Ferrell as the spirt of Jesus is a bit far fetched, and annoying, I can see where some people might find it funny. Throughout the rest of the movie, Mary finds herself longing for Sky even more and more, and I do have to admit…this is the first movie in which I’ve ever seen a girl (or guy) make out with a tree (yes, you read that right). She also manages to carry on a conversation with a “Stop” sign and starts to make out with that as well, but she gets caught.

In the end, it seems that Mary should have stuck to her job as “Video store rewinder” (hey, you don’t have to rewind DVD’s…food for thought) and her TV movie freaked mind should stay where it belongs…on the sets of Saturday Night Live. While others have made a good transition from SNL skit to movie (namely Wayne’s World), the rest of the cast has gone on to bigger and better things. Skits like “A Night at the Roxbury” and this, need not attempt a sequal. All in all, I guess I can see where a few people might find this funny, but as for my taste, it left me wondering why I didn’t choose another movie to watch. Oh well…

Video: How does it look?

Paramount is rapidly becoming one of my favorite studios. They have basically committed to 16:9 enhancement of all of their titles (old and new) and this is no exception. Superstar is presented in a 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer that looks darn good. Lots of colors that are bright and vivid look stunning on the screen, it’s a shame the same can’t be said for the plot. Still, this is transfer that shines a lot brighter than it’s namesake.

Audio: How does it sound?

The 5.1 mix won’t exactly blow you away, but it’s a very good soundtrack. There are several songs played throughout and they sound great. The dialogue is clear and clean with no distortion and surround effects, though used infrequently, sound good as well. All in all, a good mix here.

Supplements: What are the extras?

There is an original theatrical trailer included.

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