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Zoom - Academy for Superheroes (2006)

Tim Allen , Courteney Cox , Peter Hewitt  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: Tim Allen, Courteney Cox, Chevy Chase, Spencer Breslin, Kevin Zegers
  • Directors: Peter Hewitt
  • Writers: Adam Rifkin, David Berenbaum, Jason Lethcoe
  • Producers: Jennifer Todd, Joseph Boccia, Julie Ragland, Neil A. Machlis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,900 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Zoom - Academy for Superheroes" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Bringing Super Heroes to Life: The Making of Zoom
  • Academy of Super Heroes Guide For Kids

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Product Description

Jack Shepard a.k.a. 'Zoom' is an out-of-shape auto shop owner, far removed from the man who once protected the world's freedom. Reluctantly called back into action by the government, Jack is charged with turning a rag tag group of kids with special powers into a new generation of superheroes to save the world from certain destruction. Based on Jason Lethcoe's popular graphic novel Zoom's Academy for the Super Gifted.

The bright colors and simple stories of classic superhero comics are the template for Zoom--none of that moody, bleak X-Men nonsense here. Retired superhero Captain Zoom (Tim Allen, The Shaggy Dog) gets pulled out of mothballs when the government decides to assemble a new team of super-powered kids. The motley quartet includes a herculean little girl (Ryan Newman), an invisible slacker (Michael Cassidy, The O.C. ), a telekinetic hot chick (Kate Mara, 24), and a chunky lad whose body inflates to enormous size (Spencer Breslin, The Cat in the Hat, The Kid). But Zoom has lost his super-speed and gained a cynical chip on his shoulder; will he regain his faith in heroes in time to battle an impending menace? There's nothing original about Zoom, but the engaging cast--which also includes Courteney Cox (Friends), Kevin Zegers (Transamerica), and Rip Torn (Men in Black, Forty Shades of Blue)--could have given some pep to a competent formulaic script. Unfortunately, they were saddled with this one. But the saddest aspect of Zoom is the sight of Chevy Chase (Foul Play, Fletch) trying to muster a scrap of his lost talent. --Bret Fetzer

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There's no middle ground for this movie, is there? February 28, 2007
This seems to be a real love it or hate it movie. To everyone who hasn't weighed in, let me give you a few words of advice. If you're looking for a deep plot, a profound message, or award-winning characterization--don't bother because it's not here. However, if you're looking for a silly, shiny popcorn flick that you can spend a little time laughing at and you're willing to let go of any lurking high standards enough to enjoy it, then you're in the right place. Also, as I believe other reviewers have mentioned, this is a kid-targeted and kid-friendly film.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie! September 10, 2006
I saw this movie with my son & we both enjoyed it thoroughly. I am a Tim Allen fan & enjoy his charming, light-hearted humor. I was not disappointed with this movie. It's a wonderful family film & as soon as it becomes available on DVD, will be a wonderful addition to our collection. Enjoy.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great! August 16, 2006
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This movie was great! It was funny, romantic, and best of all a just enjoyable movie! Sometimes it was a bit predictable but it was not so much that you started to fall asleep. I thought that anyone will enjoy this movie! I give it 4 stars!!
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "What are we? Forming a spelling bee?" August 6, 2006
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This is a SPOILERS-plagued review.

When the world is once again placed in imminent peril, General Larraby (Rip Torn), the head of a military secret ops, is forced to reactivate Project Zenith, a program meant to bring up to speed a new generation of superheroes. Tim Allen plays Jack Shepherd (aka Captain Zoom), an out of shape, cynical, ex-costumed crimefighter who hasn't fought crime in 30 years. You see, Zoom, as a youngster, was a member of the Zenith Team, along with his older brother Connor, aka Concussion. Larraby, whose military arm funded the supergroup, decided to boost the members' powers by exposing them to gamma radiation. I guess he wasn't taking Bruce Banner's phone calls that week, because these gamma ray things never, ever work. Zoom ended up losing his powers and Concussion turned evil and killed off the rest of the Zenith Team. Concussion, at last, was sent packing to another dimension, where he still waits to return to wreak more devastation.

The movie properly begins 30 years later, as Jack Shepherd is recalled to work and is given the task of teaching at a superhero academy/military facility (Area 52). There, he must mentor and develop a group of raw, hapless kids into a cohesive batch of heroes. The prospective team consists of Summer (Kate Mara), a very unpopular high school 16 year old, who has telekinetic powers; Cindy (Ryan Newman), a cute 6-year-old girl with super strength; Dylan, a a 17 year old (Michael Cassidy) who becomes invisible; and Tucker (Spencer Breslin), a 12-year-old chubby kid who can expand any part of his anatomy. Jack, at first, is very reluctant about training this band of misfits but, in due course, has a change of heart and begins to take his job seriously.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kids from 5 - 13 will love it February 28, 2007
No, this won't win any academy awards. Yes, the special effects like the 6-year-old lifting 2-ton weights are a bit cheesy and you can tell they are made out of plastic. But this movie targets pre-teen kids and isn't supposed to be highly sophisticated. Show it to some kids between the ages of 5 and 13 and see what they think - that's the demographic here. My guess? They'll love it. And if your kids are teens but haven't hit that "everything is stupid" stage, they'll probably like it too.

Tim Allen plays a grown-up and burned-out superhero named Zoom who can run real fast (think of "Dash" in the animated movie "The Incredibles"). As a child, Zoom was taken to a special academy (Area 52 in Nevada...more secret than Area 51) where he, his brother, and other kids with superhero powers are supposed to develop themselves. While there, the government irradiates the kids to enhance their powers, something goes wrong, and Zoom's brother (Concussion) turns into an evil arch-nemesis where he is stuck in some kind of time warp. Fast-forward 30 years. Concussion is coming out of his time-warp to wreak havoc. The army is preparing for his return and has recruited a batch of new superhero kids to battle him, and they've forcibly enlisted Allen (Zoom) to train the kids. He's burned out and bitter about the same army that wrecked his life and his brother's life. The movie charts his redemption as he slowly forms the new kids into a team that treats one another like a family, helping Zoom find his calling once again.

My pre-teen son picked this off the Blockbuster shelf because he'd seen a commercial for it. I figured, what the heck, it's rated PG, let's take a chance on it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for families with younger children May 12, 2014
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This is a great movie for families with young children; the action is entertaining but age-appropriate, and the humor is simple enough that children will understand the jokes yet still funny to adults. The special effects are passable and the plot simple.

This is probably not a good choice for those looking for movies similar to X-Men, etc.... - those movies are a little more graphic in the action scenes with darker plots. One might be disappointed if they watched this expecting that sort of experience-

My kids love this movie!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars so it was perfect for me and still entertaining for the kids
Cute movie to watch with the kids. I am a big Tim Allen fan, so it was perfect for me and still entertaining for the kids.
Published 1 day ago by Christina Welch
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Published 12 days ago by RUBEN LAGUNAS
3.0 out of 5 stars For PRIME users it is worth the watch
Enjoyable enough for the family. Enough action and funny moments to keep everyone interested. The premise is hokey, a la Spy Kids, but it is watchable. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Saundra Grange
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
My 4 and 7 year old can't get enough of this movie
Published 19 days ago by Cynthia R. Kern
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this sweet movie!
Published 23 days ago by jamm
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
son loves watching alot
Published 24 days ago by BRIAN
2.0 out of 5 stars Nobody in my family enjoyed this movie
Jack Shepard (played by Tim Allen) is a washed up superhero - cynical, apathetic, and with his powers atrophied to almost nothing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kurt A. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars and I really enjoyed this movie
My children (ages 10 and 8), my husband, and I really enjoyed this movie. It has a good message and is full of action without swearing or an overload of violence. Read more
Published 1 month ago by APL
2.0 out of 5 stars a mediocre film at best. No chemistry ever really develops among the...
a mediocre film at best. No chemistry ever really develops among the main characters. The whole scripts seems forced and without flow. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MeadMaster
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Family Flick
It was a fun movie to watch with my 5 year old. He loves superheros and enjoyed seeing the kids have all these powers.
Published 1 month ago by Ryan Stoyles
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I haven't seen one anywhere. I looked at the song list during the credits and found all but one individually at Itunes. Made an imix for anyone interested.
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