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Meteor Man

4.4 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Robert Townsend (Hollywood Shuffle) leads an all-star cast including Marla Gibbs, Eddie Griffin, Robert Guillaume, James Earl Jones and Bill Cosby in this laugh-out-loud, feel-good comic fantasy about a reluctant superhero on a crusade to save his neighborhood. Move over, Superman! Spineless Jefferson Reed (Townsend) has just discovered his backbone and it's stronger than steel! Amild-mannered substitute teacher, Jefferson would rather run than fight until he's hit by a strangegreen meteor that gives him superhuman abilities. And when a gang led by a powerful drug lord begins terrorizing his family and neighbors, Jefferson has no choice but to don his homemade spandex suitand take it on in a war of cunning, wit and super-powered, super-modeling prowess'to save his 'hood!

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  • Actors: Robert Townsend, Marla Gibbs, Eddie Griffin, Robert Guillaume, James Earl Jones
  • Directors: Robert Townsend
  • Writers: Robert Townsend
  • Producers: Robert Townsend, Christopher Homes, Loretha C. Jones
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: MGM Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007GZRP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,305 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Meteor Man" on IMDb

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I've seen this movie get some harsh reviews. I think people are just taking it too seriously. Either that or they end up expecting hilarity, and they get disppointed, too. Of course we can plainly see that it's ludicrously contrived, but who cares?
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.
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I Thought this movie was good maybe not the best but i thought it was good. many cameo appearances many celebs. Even though some people thought the movie wasnt that funny i thought it was. Especially the last scene. I cant wait til it comes out on dvd february 18th. Im definetly getting it and i think you should too.
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I was watching tv the other day and meteor man was on i mean i didn't see the film in a while because i did have the VHS and i sold it but now i got the DVD and it also has carbon copy on it denzel Washington first film. I mean i didn't think this movie came out on DVD it even came out on blu ray but i finally watched the whole film in a long time and this film never aged i mean it even has Bill Cosby and Cyprus hill and other rap groups so if you never saw this well if you want to watch this with your family it's a good superhero film i mean i got the comics
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I enjoyed the movie when i saw the it years ago. But i wasn't expecting to knocked off my feet laughing hillariously. There's very few movies that does that anyway. I seen some of the reviews and i guess people see one movie of Robert Townsend's and they want every movie of his to be just alike, all gut ripping comedies.I consider this movie more of a fantasy thats very entertaining.
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3.5 out of 5

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.
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This is an almost all-black cast featuring many prominent black actors and singers. The most famous one, Bill Cosby, has several scenes but no lines of dialog!

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.
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***SPOILER ALERT***
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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