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mystery men movie posterSmash Mouth’s music video ‘All Star’ from the cult comedy Mystery Men (1999) includes clips from the movie starring Ben Stiller, William H. Macy, Hank Azaria, Paul Reubens, Kel Mitchell, Doug Jones and Janeane Garofalo. The song has made several other film appearances, in particular being used in the 2001 film Shrek and being performed by the band in the film Rat Race, also in 2001.

In the movie there’s a subtle reference to William Shatner: once, while recording lines for the video game Star Trek: Judgment Rites (1993), Shatner pronounced “sabotage” strangely and was asked twice to repeat the line. He finally blurted, “Don’t tell me how to act – it sickens me!” In Mystery Men, this line is repeated by Ben Stiller. Later, Janeane Garofalo says to Stiller, “You say ‘sabotage’, I say ‘saboTAGE’,” another Shatner quote from the Star Trek recording session.

The Mystery Men originated as the team name of misfit Super Heroes led by “The Flaming Carrot.” – IMDB

In one of the movie’s funniest scenes, (and you got a tease of it at the top of the ‘All Star’ music video)  wanna-be superheroes audition to be a part of the Mystery Men team. They include Power Women, Supervacman, the Reverse Psychologist, Mr. Pups, Waffler (cameo by Dane Cook), Ballerinaman, Mailman, Pencilman (though he introduces himself as Pencilhead, despite the initials on his shirt being PM), Son of Pencilman, Little Miss Vengeance, Squeegeeman, Maintainer, The Artiste, Big Billy Hill Billy, PMS Avenger, Radio Man, two Pigs, Martial Artist, Gorilla, Evil Devil Woman, Globalman, Gardener, Bullfighter, Stilt Man, Fisherman, and Thirstyman. Check out the entire audition scene:


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