Elisabeth Vincentelli
August 20, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Mystery Men

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
performer
Janeane Garofalo, Greg Kinnear, Paul Reubens, Geoffrey Rush, Ben Stiller, Eddie Izzard
director
Kinka Usher
genre
Comedy, ActionAdventure

We gave it a B

Most soundtracks are opportunistic messes; Mystery Men is first-class opportunism and hits all the bases well. You’ve got your unavoidable radio hits (Smash Mouth, Freak Power — a.k.a. Fatboy Slim). You’ve got your ironic covers (Violent Femmes torpedoing the Stranglers’ ”No More Heroes”). You’ve got your blindingly obvious clas-sics (”Disco Inferno”). No trailblazing originality here, but no duds either.

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