Super Fuzz / Poliziotto superpiù (1980)

3.0 out of 5

Terence Hill portrays young Miami police officer Dave Speed, who develops super powers after exposure to a NASA experimental rocket explosion. Soon he is able to run as fast as cars, catch bullets in his teeth, walk on water, see through solid objects and blow bubble gum bubbles the size of hot-air balloons. The only problem is that he loses his powers at the most inconvenient times and spends a majority of the film trying to figure out what exactly is his own personal "kryptonite".

Using his new abilities, Speed and his veteran partner Sgt. Willy Dunlop, Ernest Borgnine, set out to stop a counterfeit money tycoon Torpedo, portrayed by Marc Lawrence, and his henchmen. One of Torpedo's accomplices is aging starlet Rosy Labouche, portrayed by Joanne Dru, who Dunlop has an unhealthy crush on and complicates matters further for our heroes.

Unfortunately the film is a flawed one containing issues with some uneven acting. That aside, Poliziotto superpiù is forgiven for these issues by being a nostalgic, off-the-wall superhero film that never takes itself seriously and is a lot of fun. The physical comedy and situations are very low brow, making this a film that can be enjoyed by all ages.

There's a certain charm that makes the film appealing given it's trouble spots, like the aforementioned slapstick comedy, the chemistry between veteran Dunlop and rookie Speed or the sound clip that plays from the theme song every time Speed uses his powers: "Soopa-soopaaaaah!". Flawed but still goofy fun and b-movie cheese to the umpteenth degree.

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