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Superstar is one of the funniest movies I've seen recently. It may not offer any deeply profound insights or provoke any soul searching, but it will keep you entertained.

If you've ever watched Saturday Night Live, you're probably familiar with Mary Katherine Gallagher (Molly Shannon), the geeky high school student portrayed in Superstar.

Mary Katherine attends a Catholic high school where she endeavors to be a superstar in various ways - dance, gymnastics, singing, etc. (Her desire to be a superstar apparently began with a crush on Happy Days' Fonzie, whose mug she enthusiastically smooches on the TV screen while still a kid.)

Of course, now that she's in high school, Mary Katherine is much more mature. She's moved on to passionately French-kissing trees.

Her love life might consist of more than making out with inanimate objects if only her school crush, Sky Corrigan (Will Ferrell), would fall in love with Mary Katherine. Unfortunately, he's taken - by the school snob (Elaine Hendrix), a bulimic blond cheerleader who enjoys making fun of Mary Katherine.

Not discouraged, Mary Katherine lets her vivid imagination (which conjures up dreams of God, who guides her by badly imitating Will Smith songs) lead her to enter a school talent show.

Molly Shannon and Will Ferrel are obviously not teenagers - both must to be at least thirty years old. But who else could play the roles they developed on Saturday Night Live?

Superstar wouldn't be realistic anyway, for a variety of reasons. But it's so uproariously laughable that none of its minor flaws matter.

Last year's A Night at the Roxbury was also an SNL spinoff, featuring everybody's favorite disco idiots. While also a wonderful comedy, Roxbury was markedly different from Superstar.

Superstar features more of the current event parodies and jokes that trademark SNL. Most frequently, Superstar spoofs popular movies (Mary Katherine is the tape rewind girl at a video store). In several especially comical scenes, she acts out movie scenes, decides whether to express herself in monologue or dialogue, and discusses a variety of films.

I don't know if everyone will find this as enjoyable as I did - after all, I've watched an excessive amount of movies myself. In some ways, I guess being a movie critic is like being a tape rewind girl - you watch so many eventually you start seeing everything as a really long movie scene. It all blurs together for a while. Until you realize that you did indeed just watch four movies in an eight-hour period.

At any rate, SNL fans are likely to welcome Superstar. I recommend it as an excellent comedy - and not just for people who watch too many movies.

My Rating = Three Stars

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