STARRING: Faye Dunaway, Helen Slater, Peter O'Toole, Peter Cook, Brenda Vaccaro, Mia Farrow

1984, 114 Minutes, Directed by: Jeannot Szwarc

Description: This film follows Superman's cousin Kara (played by Helen Slater in her film debut) as she leaves Krypton to venture to Earth to retrieve the "Omegahedron," a life-force globe vital to her people's survival. She tracks down the device, unaware that it's fallen into the hands of aspiring black magician Selena (Faye Dunaway), which leads to an inevitable showdown.

Supergirl, in case you didn't know, is Superman's cousin. Winningly played by Helen Slater, she sports an outfit similar to Superman's - except for the very short dress of course.

Not exactly striking a blow for feminism, but Supergirl lacks the sexual innuendo of let's say, Wonder Woman. Young adolescent boys are unlikely to fantasize over Supergirl because she is as every bit a goody two shoes as her cousin and besides, ahem, a bit flat-chested.

This movie is a bit flat-chested too: the effects are dull and the film tends to drag. And things aren't improved by Faye Dunaway's attempts at camp humor . . . Avoid.



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