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Zoom - Academy for Superheroes (2006)

Tim Allen , Courteney Cox , Peter Hewitt  |  PG |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)

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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: 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LMPDXQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,124 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

Editorial Reviews

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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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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.

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26 of 28 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
Format:DVD
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
A Kid's Review
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
Format:DVD
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.

THE PLOT:
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zoom November 23, 2008
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I think this is a great family show with a little (clean romance) and fun action
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Entertaining for kids, but not for anyone else." May 16, 2007
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Format:DVD
So, I watched this movie at a friend's house. I had nothing to do, so I watched it.

After about the first 25-30 minutes of the movie, I noticed this movie had alot of bathroom humor. Ok, so it's funny once in a long while, but does it have to be in just about every kid's movie?!

The story is cheesy and predictable, and the dialoge at times can be retarded.

However, kids will like the movie, since farting and inflatable butts are always funny for kids, and I mean, it's a superhero movie! But, teens and adults probably will not find this movie entertaining.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good funny family movie
I laughed a lot and really enjoyed this movie with Chevy Chase, Tim Allen and Rip Torn. It's a great Sci-Fi comedy. It has great special effects and a good story.
Published 1 month ago by Carol Diane Gilbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining
My family likes this movie. It is not all that deep but it is a fun movie that is nice and clean.
Published 1 month ago by Jack Harrill
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute Movie
I brought this for my grandson who absolutely loves this movie. Although he has seen it before, and we rented it from the local library, I decided to purchase a used copy for him. Read more
Published 2 months ago by cybernana25
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie for the whole family
Entertaining, good story line! Tim Allen is always great! My 8 year old loved it! I am sure he will watch it again!
Published 2 months ago by Crystal Helder
4.0 out of 5 stars funny movie
this is a funny movie. This one was asked for by my husband. Had a good price on it and he has really enjoyed it.
Published 2 months ago by wolflover
5.0 out of 5 stars Family fun!
These days it can be difficult to find a movie the whole family can watch, but, this is one that you can enjoy!
Published 2 months ago by Lori
5.0 out of 5 stars Do not like writing stuff along with,,,
I would rather just be able to click the star and be done. I don't have time to type out why I liked it.
Published 3 months ago by Dawn Marie Weber
4.0 out of 5 stars Zoom is a fun ride
Zoom Is A Good Fun Movie. If you like tim allen you will enjoy this movie.and it's a good kids movie.
Published 3 months ago by Scott Caviness
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute show
Really cute super hero show. Actually liked it a lot. The acting was surprisingly good for so many youngsters and the adults were better than average.
Published 3 months ago by Lewis Fulkerson
5.0 out of 5 stars Zoom Superheroes
Great movie! We love this movie because we can watch it with or without our grandchildren. Children would find this movie fun to watch.
Published 4 months ago by JoAnne Didier
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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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