Superstar (1999 film)
|Directed by||Bruce McCulloch|
|Produced by||Lorne Michaels|
|Written by||Steve Koren|
|Music by||Michael Gore|
|Edited by||Malcolm Campbell|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Running time||81 minutes|
Superstar is a 1999 comedy film and Saturday Night Live spin-off about a quirky, socially inept girl named Mary Katherine Gallagher. The character was created by SNL star Molly Shannon and appeared as a recurring character on SNL in numerous skits. The story follows Mary Katherine trying to find her place in her Roman Catholic private school. The movie is directed by former The Kids in the Hall member Bruce McCulloch.
It stars Molly Shannon, Will Ferrell, Harland Williams, and Elaine Hendrix. SNL and The Kids in the Hall alum Mark McKinney, who appeared in many of the Mary Katherine Gallagher SNL skits on TV, also has a minor role as a priest.
Mary Katherine Gallagher (Shannon) is an Irish-American Catholic school girl and social outcast in her high school. She wants to be a superstar so she can get a kiss from Sky Corrigan (Will Ferrell). When Mary is sent to Special Education, she makes a new best friend, the tomboyish and equally socially awkward Helen Lewengrub (Emmy Laybourne).
Mary sees her chance to become a superstar when her school promotes a talent show. She wants to try out, but Grandma Gallagher (Glynis Johns) will not let her. Mary tries out anyway and, when she goes to sign up, a stereotypical cheerleader, Evian Carrie Graham (Elaine Hendrix), gets in a fight with her. The fight causes Evian and Sky to break up, and now Sky is a "single hunk of beefcake on the rebound". Mary is now determined to get in the talent show so Sky will notice her. When Grandma Gallagher finds out that her granddaughter got into the talent show, she finally tells the truth about how her parents died — they were stomped to death while performing in a Riverdance-like competition, rather than being eaten by Hammerhead sharks as her grandmother had told her. This is why Grandma Gallagher is against her granddaughter performing.
However, Grandma Gallagher decides to help Mary do her act in the talent show, as long as she performs for herself. Mary and the other Special Education students spend days practicing. Mary wins the competition as well as Sky's heart. When she kisses Sky though, she discovers he is a horrible kisser and chooses to kiss her friend Eric Slater (Harland Williams) instead.
- Molly Shannon as Mary Katherine Gallagher
- Will Ferrell as Sky Corrigan/Jesus
- Harland Williams as Eric Slater
- Elaine Hendrix as Evian Graham
- Mark McKinney as Father Tylenol Ritley
- Glynis Johns as Grandma Gallagher
- Jason Blicker as Howard
- Gerry Bamman as Father John Insomnic
- Emmy Laybourne as Helen
- Jennifer Irwin as Maria
- Rob Stefaniuk as Thomas Smith
- Natalie Radford as Autumn Winters
- Karyn Dwyer as Summer Falls
- Tom Green as Dylan
- Chuck Campbell as Owen
Superstar received negative reviews from film critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 32% based on reviews from 74 critics, with the consensus: "Dumb script and flat jokes made this another SNL misfire."
Dennis Harvey of Variety magazine gave a positive review, describing the film as a pleasant surprise; he expected only mediocrity from another Saturday Night Live adaptation. He called it amusing but uneven, suggesting it might build good word of mouth and do well but would be unlikely to reach the commercial success of Wayne's World.
- Gates, Anita (October 8, 1999). "Superstar (1999) FILM REVIEW; The Things She'll Do For Fame and a Date". The New York Times.
- "Superstar (1999)". Rotten Tomatoes.
- Dennis Harvey (Oct 7, 1999). "Variety Reviews Superstar".