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A Mom's Review of Superstar - An SNL Spin-Off

Updated on November 30, 2020
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Tawnya is a freelance writer and mom of a tiny gymnast. When it comes to buying gymnastics-related gear, I'm an industry pro.

Superstar Review

I'm a huge fan of SNL spin-off movies and Molly Shannon and Will Ferrell. In fact, much like Mary Katherine Gallagher, this film sparked my love affair with Will Ferrell. The 1999 film Superstar is a Saturday Night Live spin-off featuring everyone's favorite special education student, Mary Katherine Gallagher (Molly Shannon). In this comedic spin-off, Mary Katherine Gallagher is an awkward teenage, Catholic school girl trying to survive at St. Monica High School. However, the self-professed ugly duckling has one big problem, she wants to be kissed, and she will do anything to get the kiss she desires.

Not just an Ordinary Kiss

Unlike some of her peers, Mary Katherine doesn't want just any ordinary kiss. Instead, the kind of kiss she desires is a knock-your-socks off, curl your toes, soulful connection kind of kiss. To make matters more complicated, this over-the-top, Hollywood kiss can't be from just anybody. Instead, the object of Mary Katherine's desire is Sky (Will Ferrell). The only problem is Sky and Mary Katherine aren't in the same clicks. In fact, Sky may not even know Mary Katherine exists. To make matters worse, Sky's girlfriend, Evian (Elaine Hendrix), has made it her goal in life to make Mary Katherine's days at St. Monica High School very long and painful.

A Superstar is Born

After much self-pity and evil scheming, Mary Katherine decides the only way she will win Sky's heart is by becoming a full-blown Superstar. To accomplish her plan, she gets celebrity advice from her fellow special education students and Jesus, of course, and signs up for the school's annual talent show. Competing against her in the talent show is Sky and Evian, but Mary Katherine isn't worried. She is confident that after Sky and the dozens of other audience members see her perform, she will indeed become a superstar and get the mind-blowing kiss that she desires.

Why I Still Love Superstar Today

I first saw this movie over a decade and a half ago, and I still love it today. You didn't have to be an SNL fan to follow the story and the pairing of Molly Shannon with Will Ferrell was and still is comedic genius. These two comedians will have you in stitches from the moment they grace the screen till the second before the credits roll.

Facts About Superstar

  • 1999 comedy film
  • Features Mary Katherine Gallagher - a recurring character from Saturday Night Live
  • According to Rotten Tomatoes, this film is another SNL misfire with a dumb plot and bad jokes
  • Grossed 30.6 million at the Box Office

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