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Supergirl

Queasily suspended between drag theatrics (Faye Dunaway and Brenda Vaccaro camping it up on a soundstage replica of a carnival spook house) and Spielbergian wholesomeness (Canadian Helen Slater as a toothy, Aryan Ubermadchen), this is one comic-book feature that doesn't fly. Director Jeannot Szwarc attempts to emulate the romantic comedy tone of Richard Lester's Superman II, but he doesn't have Lester's winning way of placing throwaway humor in an epic context. The series's commercial tie-ins seem more blatant and oppressive than ever; all the film lacks is an announcer to say, “This movie was brought to you by TWA, Tylenol, A&W Root Beer, and Popeye's Fried Chicken.” With Peter O'Toole and Peter Cook.

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