Supergirl

(1984)
Supergirl

Starring Helen Slater, Peter O’Toole. (PG)

 

Made the year after Superman III, Supergirl is riddled with plot holes – the first being, why doesn’t her cousin, Superman, pop up at any point to help? – but is nonetheless worth a look on a wet Sunday afternoon, especially if you want your little girl to catch one of the few superhero movies in which most of the big roles are played by women.

Kara (played by Helen Slater), leaves her outer-space home (actually a chunk of the planet Krypton that survived) to track down something called an omegahedron, which is a valuable power source. Of all the planets in the galaxy it could have ended up on, the omegahedron plopped down on earth and is in the hands of a witch named Selena (Faye Dunaway). So Kara – renaming herself Linda Lee when she isn’t flying around in a Supergirl costume – enrols in boarding school, falls in love and, finally, remembers that she’s supposed to be getting the omegahedron back.

Dunaway overacts to the point of absurdity, but Slater is amiable enough as Supergirl, and there’s nice support from Brenda Vaccaro, Mia Farrow and Peter O’Toole. 

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