Directed by Bruce McCulloch (The Kids In The Hall), Superstar
takes us through the life of Mary Katherine, a uniform-wearing Catholic
schoolgirl who dreams of being kissed on the mouth. Her job as a video store
rewind girl has allowed her to familiarize herself with all the classic
movies, but her severe trouble interacting with other students, coupled
with her predilection toward loud, messy accidents, prevents her from being
taken seriously by her classmates. After being placed in the "special
class," she is taunted even more by head cheerleader Evian (Elaine
Hendrix), but makes new friends who are also social outcasts. Among them
are Helen (Emmy Laybourne, in a hysterical debut performance), the friendly-but-overenthusiastic
girl jock who grinds her braces-filled teeth with menacing vigor, and Slater
(Harland Williams), the silent biker who is reputed to have committed some
But the boy whose kisses Mary Katherine craves isn't in the special class.
He's Sky Corrigan (Ferrell), the most popular boy in school, the biggest
football star and the best dancer, who just happens to be dating Evian.
The only way Mary Katherine can hope to attract Sky's attention is to join
the school's talent competition and thus become, in her own word, a "Superstar."
In keeping with the SNL sketches, this film contains plenty of
pratfalls and panty shots, plenty of Catholic jokes, and plenty of Shannon's
ultra-physical style. Her habit of expressing herself through famous movie
monologues is used liberally. However, what seems to make the difference
is the addition of some new material to Mary Katherine's fantasy world,
like the hot dance numbers (becoming a popular element in comedies), and
Ferrell's additional appearance as God. Since he is Mary's own perception
of the almighty, he not only looks like Sky but has a decidedly hippy-dippy
manner about him. Ferrell is an absolute scream as he floats above her,
singing along with "Spirit In The Sky" and adding, "that
song's about Me, you know."
Superstar isn't the best comedy of the year, but it is at least enjoyable, and, unlike Roxbury, seems as comfortable on the big screen as it is on SNL. ****
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