22 June 2008 | winner55
The cult film for a cult clown
I suppose the reason this film has such a low rating is that the Super Dave character is definitely a cult phenomenon. It helps to have seen the original short sketches on the old "Bizarre" comedy show with John Byner, and the later TV shows, because the film does depend somewhat on the audience having a sense of the history of the character. Originating as a satire on Evel Knieval, the character explored the same 'comedy of pain' terrain as Jim Carrey's 'Fireman Bob.' with the important difference that Carrey's character could be down right cruel and sick on occasions, while Super Dave proudly insists on being virtuous and good natured regardless of the disasters that confront him. But there's no doubt that what we are laughing at is, just how much pain can this character accidentally inflict on himself? Since this tells us more about ourselves than we wish to know, the producers of the film wrap it up in a story that certainly borders on the saccharine. But fortunately, the story isn't taken seriously at all. It's mere excuse to develop an alternative universe that is as absurd as the character of Super Dave himself - a necessity if the character is going to be allowed 90 minutes of comic pain without becoming obviously absurd himself. I've always found Super Dave hilarious, so I enjoyed the movie. The one real quibble I have for with it is the background music, which is excruciatingly banal. But if in comedy timing is everything, the film is superbly structured for what it is trying to accomplish - hence my own high rating for it.