THE METEOR MAN, a satirical fantasy about a man who uses newfound super-powers to clean up his ghetto neighborhood, wants to be cartoonish and meaningful at the same time. But director-star Robert Townsend misses the mark, and the combination of whimsy and piety is deadly. Jefferson Reed is a well-meaning teacher living in a crime-ridden city. One night,...read more
Trailer for The Meteor Man. Robert Townsend (Hollywood Shuffle) leads an all-star cast including Marla Gibbs, Eddie Griffin, Robert Guillaume, James Earl Jones and Bill Cosby in this laugh-out-loud, feel-good comic fantasy about a reluctant superhero on a crusade to save his neighborhood. Move over, Superman! Spineless Jefferson Reed (Townsend) has just discovered his backbone and it's stronger than steel! Amild-mannered substitute teacher, Jefferson would rather run than fight until he's hit by a strangegreen meteor that gives him superhuman abilities. And when a gang led by a powerful drug lord begins terrorizing his family and neighbors, Jefferson has no choice but to don his homemade spandex suitand take it on in a war of cunning, wit and super-powered, super-modeling prowess'to save his 'hood!