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A Napoleon Dynamite Superhero Comedy?

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | September 3, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | September 3, 2009 |

In Defendor, Woody Harrelson plays a bumbling psychotic with a superhero complex who has fashioned his costume out of sweats and duct tape. He’s all about catching the bad guy: Captain Industry. And, because there’s no Captain Industry listed in the credits over on iMBD, I suspect that he’s a delusion created by Defendor’s dull wits. Kat Dennings plays his teenage friend, while Sandra Oh plays his shrink.

The pic premieres at the upcoming Tortonto Film Fest, and it comes from Peter Stebbings, a veteran Canadian actor turned writer/director. And I do want to like the trailer — there aren’t a lot of decent indie superhero films. But I can’t help but to think it’s essentially a superhero, middle-aged Napoloean Dynamite. I appreciate Woody Harrelson’s semi-career resurgence (see also, Zombieland), and I do like Kat Dennings. Mostly the voice — has anybody already tagged her the next Liv Tyler? Stay away from Kevin Smith romantic comedies, Kat. That’s all I’m saying. Career. Killer.

Here’s the trailer:

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