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My problem with the movie is that it was butchered before its release. I read the novelization before i saw the movie, and the book was based on the uneditied screenplay, so I got to see what might have been. What's missing? Most importantly, the ending! The ending was hugely important, and it's completely lost. A lot of things seem horribly unsolved with the movie's "ending," and I'd love to see a director's cut someday. There were also a lot of less significant scenes cut. i.e. In the edited version, we find out that Jeff has a fear of heights. Then, BAM, it's gone. In the real version, we actually get to see what happened to make him lose that fear.
OK, perhaps I'm less than convincing. What I really want to say is that this movie is neither serious nor a complete joke, so if you just appreciate it for whatever it really is, it's pretty darn good.
When a school teacher is accidentally struck by a strange, green glowing meteor, he is endowed with superpowers. Just in the nick of time, too, because a street gang called the Golden Lords have terrorized his neighborhood. Now, with the help of super abilities from the green shimmering rock, he's able to take a stand for his neighborhood and what he believes in.
I saw this movie when I was a kid. I remember seeing it at the local Pick-A-Flick and renting it. What I got was a sincere, heart-warming tale about a down-and-out neighborhood struggling to keep going while crime and violence ravage its streets. Enter Jefferson Reed (Robert Townsend), a well-meaning and kind man who happens to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. Once the meteor gives him superpowers, he takes on the gangs and, at the behest of his own parents, also takes on the identity of Meteor Man and becomes the neighborhood's champion.
While not a serious superhero movie--there's plenty of humor to go around--The Meteor Man is not all-out goofy like Blankman, but instead takes a kind of tongue-and-cheek approach to the genre while also telling a story about strength in numbers, standing up for yourself, and simply saying no to being a passive observer of evil.
This flick is also--and I really don't know how to phrase it so excuse me--a "black" movie, with a pretty much all black cast. I loved that part of it and there were so many recognizable actors: Bill Cosby, James Earle Jones, Don Cheadle, Sinbad and more. It's strange because I don't get that sense of community and warmth from watching flicks with all white casts. Anyway, that's just an aside.Read more ›
What makes the film appealing is its innocence and charm. There is hardly any profanity, there is a good-hearted likable hero ("Jefferson Reed" ) Robert Townsend) and a nice story of good folks trying to get rid of destructive violent neighborhood gangs.
It's hokey; it's corny, it's sometimes stupid but there are some genuinely unique and funny scenes in this film as when "Meteor Man" talks to his dog or when he does some amazing feats to save his friends.
A fun, lightweight film that - yes, the whole family can enjoy. It's a sad comment that it is not better known. I think it's refreshing to see some nice people and good role-models exhibited for a change.
A schoolteacher is struck by a meteor and develops superpowers in this humorous adventure. The newly created "Meteor Man" works to free his neighborhood from crime but runs into trouble when he finds his powers fading just as he comes into conflict with a powerful drug syndicate.
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Real cool comedy that takes a look at the root of social evils and their possible solution.Published 2 months ago by khill
It was 2 in 1 instead of just Metor Man other movie wasn't in description don't really care too much about itPublished 5 months ago by great game
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