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Story

Molly Shannon, the latest Saturday Night Live comic to have a movie built around her, isn't exactly funny--in fact, she's a little unsettling. Her creation, the neurotic Catholic schoolgirl Mary Katherine Gallagher, invites laughter because she's a little too close to the bone for anyone who grew up feeling ugly and unloved, which is a lot of people. Mary lives with her grandmother (Glynis Johns), who insists that Mary study business. Mary herself yearns to be famous and admired, though for what isn't exactly clear; she envisions some vague combination of singing, dancing, and acting that will make her a superstar. A talent show promises to be her ticket to stardom (the winning prize is a role in "a movie with positive moral values"), and she won't let her loser status or any hostile cheerleaders stand in her way. Meanwhile, Mary acts out dating fantasies with trees and signposts, envisions the school lunch room bursting into a Fame-like dance number, and longs for the biggest jock in school. What makes Superstar more than just a collection of bad high school memories is that, though the formulaic plot redeems Mary, the movie as a whole isn't so sure. Mary completely loses herself in her obsessive fantasies--many inspired by cheesy made-for-TV movies--but there's always someone watching, aghast, as Mary acts out her inner thoughts. Is she misunderstood or freakish? Superstar never commits to one side or the other, which makes it both comic and uncomfortable. --Bret Fetzer

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Molly ShannonMary Katherine Gallagher
Will FerrellSky Corrigan/Jesus
Elaine HendrixEvian
Harland WilliamsSlater
Mark McKinneyFather Ritley
Glynis JohnsGrandma
Jason BlickerHoward
Gerry BammanFather John
Emmy LaybourneHelen
Jennifer IrwinMaria
Rob StefaniukThomas
Natalie RadfordAutum
Karyn DwyerSummer
Tom GreenDylan
Chuck CampbellOwen

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Bruce McCulloch
  • Producer: Paramount
  • Length: 82 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 1999
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    Europe12
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaApr 11, 2000
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