Reviewed by: Douglas Downs
Starring: Molly Shannon, Will Ferrell, Elaine Hendrix, Harland Williams, Mark McKinney. | Directed by: Bruce McCulloch. | Produced by: Lorne Michaels. | Written by: Steve Koren. | Distributed by: Paramount Pictures.
If you can only imagine a film that makes fun of God, Christianity, values, and sex, then you really do not have to see “Superstar”. This film is as irreverent as any Monty Python rendering. Yet another Saturday Night Live spin-off bites the dust. This time they bring to the big screen the Molly Shannon Catholic schoolgirl character Mary Katherine Gallagher. The best part of the film was that only 13 people showed up to see this film in our area on opening day. I truly hope that is a national trend.
“Superstar” is the story of an unlikely armpit-sniffing girl who dreams of one day kissing the star football player. She decides to enter a talent contest for Venereal Disease. The winner gets to be an extra in a film with “good moral values.” The film goes downhill from there.
Mary prays often to God and Jesus to grant her sexual attraction. A “dream-like” Jesus does appear and claims to be a product of REM sleep. This “new age” Jesus vision is cast member Will Ferrel, who is also her fantasy boyfriend.
The film pokes fun at Christianity and the Catholic Church.
There is minimal language, but a grandmother does use the f-word. There is an abundance of sexual innuendo. References are made to various fetishes and homosexuality. Mary declares “that God works in mysterious ways.” However, He certainly was not consulted in this offensive film. There is also a warped view of Heaven and eternity. The only brief positive note is that Mary prays asking forgiveness for her selfishness toward the conclusion of the story.
“Superstar” cannot be recommended. In fact, this loser gets my vote for one of the years worst films.
Year of Release—1999