Title: Pictures of Superheroes

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Year: 2012

Genre: Independent / Comedy

Language: English

Runtime: 70 min

Director: Don Swaynos

Writer: Don Swaynos

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1858769/

The day is looking bleak for Marie, a maid, when she's fired and dumped on the same day. But somehow she manages to get hired by a business owner who just can't seem to keep his place clean. Little does he know that it's a roommate he doesn't know about who is making a mess, and Marie is getting caught between this bizarre life of Eric and his secret roommate Joe.

Our thoughts:
Indie comedy is great, but so much has been done that it's rare to find a unique touch. Much like in horror, I guess. There are only so many times you can watch a road trip movie or a "Clerks" wannabe. "Pictures of Superheroes" breaks the mold by being completely bizarre and new, but in a familiar fashion which made it extremely appealing and easy to get into. And don't let the word "superheroes" frighten you non-nerds (though most people nowadays love superheroes), it's not at all about that - but it does contain pictures of superheroes. Or one superhero - Red Zone.

Marie isn't having the best day. She finds out that the maid service she is working for is actually a prostitution service - and since she doesn't sleep with her clients she sucks at her job. And she's fired. For other reasons. And her self-absorbed boyfriend dumps her. If you think about it, it's not too bad that she's out of the prostitution service and is dumped by an asshole, but sometimes you need what you have. Marie is now trying to get a new job when she's suddenly stopped on the street by Eric, a business owner. He's in desperate need of someone to help him around the house because he's so busy with his business. He's so busy that he doesn't even know he has a roommate, Joe, who continues to make a mess around the house while Eric just thinks he's going crazy. Marie accepts the job and she's thrown into a bunch of bizarre relationships and meetings, and this is just the beginning of a big turnaround in everyone's life. Her closest relationship is with the roommate, a man who simply enjoys his candy and comic book drawings of his superhero "Red Zone".

"Pictures of Superheroes" is actually so over-the-top at times that it shouldn't be fun, but it always keeps a foot on the ground and has some great bits of reality in there. It's hard to dismiss the movie when it makes you laugh and think at the same time, and for that reason I didn't want it to end. Marie, played by Kerri Lendo, is an amazingly realistic character and her view of everything is very much how we view all the strange people in this movie. It makes it all easier to accept when we have a stable voice of reason with us, especially when talking to someone like Eric. Eric is so busy that he hasn't been grocery shopping for months, and eats dust every day. He's a weirdo, but surprisingly likable. The only real asshole in the movie is the ex-boyfriend, to be honest.

The comedy in the movie has probably been done before, but the way it's put together with all the other, more sensible, elements makes it more than just a random movie. I'm quite tired of over-the-top comedy and randomness - everyone can think of something random, so it's not that funny anymore. Unless it is done right, and in "Pictures of Superheroes" it really is. I had a few laughs, but there are some genuinely sweet moments in it too.

Not everyone will like "Pictures of Superheroes", but it is a great time waster if you want an indie comedy. It's very sweet and even when it goes over-the-top it keeps a feeling of realism to it, that makes the strange experience more worth it. I mean, the comedy isn't always realistic - it's really nuts at times - but the heart and overall feeling it brings is very real and easy to relate to. I can recommend this to anyone with a heart and sense of humor, but who doesn't necessarily need an overly plot driven movie. If you can enjoy a simpler kind of movies, then just relax and watch this one. You could do a hell of a lot worse, as this certainly beats almost any current Hollywood comedy, no matter how random or nerdy they try to be.

Positive things:
- Surprisingly great actors for a weird comedy like this.
- Touching, even when it's outrageously stupid. Intentionally.
- It's a simple movie that fits almost any mood.
Negative things:
- It felt like Joe was inspired by Zach Galifianakis, and I am slowly growing tired of him and people copying the style.

Gore: 0/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 2.5/5
Effects: 0/5
Comedy: 4/5

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