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Zoom Social Message

Published August 7, 2006 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Images property of Columbia Pictures.
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It wouldn’t be a family movie if there wasn’t a lesson to learn. Zoom may be about child superheroes who expand their butts and blow giant snot, but it’s really about fitting in. See the special powers are a metaphor for being different. Get it?

Zoom Social Message


“The thing about that I like is when kids, especially boys are a certain age they feel powerless because you don't have any control over your emotions and your testosterone,” said star Tim Allen, who plays the mentor training the new generation of heroes.

As a child, Allen turned to comic books to live out his vicarious power fantasies. But having a real mentor is vital. “This is a weird thing to say but those horrible situation in Columbine with two kids that never had any adults that would ever tell them that what they were thinking was not unusual, all that megalomania stuff and the fascination with Nazis. For some reason in a certain area of a boy's life they feel powerless, and you look at those, the boots and all that military stuff and you get fascinated by it and that's why superheroes were an outlet for me. And if those kids had just had some mentors, I still believe if they had just had some older guy to say, 'That's creepy stuff you're thinking. It's even creepier to act on it, but it's not abnormal. You're not different. You feel powerless about girls.' I remember reading that kid's diary, where he said he could never meet girls. It's so sad that something like that will fester.”


The most popular superheroes seem to be the ones that still have problems, despite their wonderful powers. “When I was kid, we just dreamt. The powerlessness you feel for some kids at about 11 or 12, superheroes exhibit their [feelings], especially Spider-man, one of the best ever. He's a fallible guy, always twisted, and he's always deciding whether he's going [to be good]. When I was a kid, [I thought], 'I'd steal some money. I'd take just a couple cars, you know, and still be good.' I wanted to kind of do both, rob from the rich, but keep a little bit in your garage and then give the rest to the poor. Sorry I said that. That just came out.”

Zoom opens to theatres on August 11th.

For the trailer, movie stills and more movie info, go to the Zoom Movie Page.

Stay tuned for updates.


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