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zcbzZoom - Academy for Superheroes
Director: Peter Hewitt
Screenplay: Adam Rifkin, David Berenbaum, Jason Lethcoe
Producer: Jennifer Todd, Joseph Boccia, Julie Ragland, Neil A. Machlis
Cast: Tim Allen, Courteney Cox, Chevy Chase, Spencer Breslin, Kevin Zegers
Genre: Action & Adventure

Running Time: 83
Aspect Ratio:  1.85:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: AC-3
Subtitles: English, French
Studio:  Sony Pictures DVD Region:  99 PG
DVD Release:  Feb 2007 Discs:  (DVD) [$14.94]
Reviews:  The bright colors and simple stories of classic superhero comics are the template for "Zoom"--none of that moody, bleak "X-Men" nonsense here. Retired superhero Captain Zoom (Tim Allen, "The Shaggy Dog") gets pulled out of mothballs when the government decides to assemble a new team of super-powered kids. The motley quartet includes a herculean little girl (Ryan Newman), an invisible slacker (Michael Cassidy, "The O.C. "), a telekinetic hot chick (Kate Mara, 24), and a chunky lad whose body inflates to enormous size (Spencer Breslin, "The Cat in the Hat, The Kid"). But Zoom has lost his super-speed and gained a cynical chip on his shoulder; will he regain his faith in heroes in time to battle an impending menace? There's nothing original about "Zoom", but the engaging cast--which also includes Courteney Cox ("Friends"), Kevin Zegers ("Transamerica"), and Rip Torn ("Men in Black, Forty Shades of Blue")--could have given some pep to a competent formulaic script. Unfortunately, they were saddled with this one. But the saddest aspect of "Zoom" is the sight of Chevy Chase ("Foul Play, Fletch") trying to muster a scrap of his lost talent. "--Bret Fetzer"

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