The Meteor Man (1993)

Genres - Comedy, Action  |   Sub-Genres - Action Comedy, Family-Oriented Comedy, Superhero Film  |   Release Date - Aug 6, 1993 (USA)  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Robert Townsend's superhero action comedy underwent much tinkering during post-production, employing four editors to whip the film into shape. Townsend wrote, directed, and produced this urban fable and also stars as Jefferson Reed, a meek substitute teacher in an inner-city neighborhood dominated by a gang of leather-jacketed, peroxided blonde goons who call themselves the Golden Lords. The residents of the neighborhood feel they can do nothing about the gang. But then a meteor hits Jefferson, who finds that he can fly, has super-strength, and can retain all the information in a book in thirty seconds. As a result, Jefferson, who normally is afraid of heights and runs from danger, becomes a reluctant superhero. The word about the "Meteor Man" gets back to the Golden Lords, who intend to rid the neighborhood of this milquetoast crime-fighter. The Meteor Man contains a cornucopia of cameos appearances, including Bill Cosby, Luther Vandross, Sinbad, Big Daddy Kane and Nancy Wilson.

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bum, drugs, inner-city, neighborhood, schoolteacher, street-gang, Superhero