SUPER AMIGOS (Arturo Perez Torres, Canada/Mexico). 82 minutes. Subtitled. Monday (April 23), 9:15 pm, Al Green; April 28, 11:30 pm, Bloor. Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
Five flamboyantly costumed super-heroes fight for social reform in Mexico City by exercising intelligence over muscle. Torres blends snappy realism, comic-book-style animation and lively surf music to capture the actions of Super Gay, Super Animal, Super Barrio, Fray Tormenta and Ecologista Universal.
I yearned for the masked men to reveal themselves, but that's not the point. Their super acts of humanitarian heroism trigger others to speak out for pride, sign a petition against animal cruelty, fight condo developments that leave people homeless, donate funds to save street kids or clean up Mother Earth.
Animal lovers, beware: the bullfight scenes are graphic.