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The Junior Defenders (2007)

Ally Sheedy , Brian O' Halloran  |  NR |  DVD
2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ally Sheedy, Brian O' Halloran, Justin Henry, Kevin Smith, Pauly Shore
  • Format: NTSC, Color, Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video / Lightyear Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2007
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000V1Y43M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,597 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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THE JUNIOR DEFENDERS is a quirky, high-energy, cult-style comedy about the cast members of a fictitious 1970s mega-hit television show. With a fan base that rivals Star Trek's, The Junior Defenders is one of the top television hits of the late Seventies. Every kid in America dreams of being one of the show's crime-fighting kid superheroes. Twenty-five years after the show's sudden cancellation, a crazed fan named Norman Nields (Fred Hazelton) is still obsessed with the show. He has watched every single re-run and still wants more. In his mania, Norman concocts a plan to travel across the country in a stolen Winnebago, kidnapping the four washed-up former child stars from his beloved childhood program. The kidnappings spark a national media frenzy, and the kidnapped cast members instantly become celebrated as martyrs. Once in Hollywood, Norman takes over a soundstage and forces the cast at gunpoint to act in his brand-new episode of The Junior Defenders.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Delightful independent movie September 4, 2008
I saw this movie the night it was sold to Warner Brothers. I was expecting a no budget indie, but when presidential hopeful Mike Dukakis and Monkees band member Peter and Brady Bunch mother Florence Henderson gushed about how they ran home every day in junior high school to watch Junior Defenders, I was intrigued. The stars kept gushing.

The 70s style TV editing make this mockumentary fun to watch. My favorite character is Ally Sheedy who plays a greedy former child star, now kidnapped to reenact her childhood role once again. (Kevin Smith, in an interview cameo, claims she inspired his inner woman.) All the main characters in this movie are played by actors who were genuine child stars, so the plot that the three abductees were child-stars is intriguing to watch. The times when the film shows it was on a shoestring budget ($125,000), like the cheesy Vampire Network talk show set, make the movie great fun to watch. Occasionally the film fails badly at some of the comedy, but I have the sneaky feeling that purchasers of this movie are a little tired of slick Hollywood comedy.

This movie is especially fun for people who recognize 1970s Hollywood faces, and there are dozens.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One of the Worst Movies Imaginable November 13, 2007
By Bob
With John Waters's name and Aly Sheedy's name I thought that maybe there was a chance for an undiscovered treasure. No way. This has no redeeming qualities - no humor, no irony, no acting, no cinematography. If a group of sixth graders had made this in a junior high film class (a beginning junior high film class), I could understand. This attempt at a campy "mockumentary" on the order of "Spinal Tap" (I guess)fails on every level. Sometimes a bad movie is so bad it's..... bad.
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