The Movie, “The Hero”: Ho-Hum

The Hero (2017) is a sensitive human-condition film for potheads.  The principal characters enacted by Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon and Nick Offerman regularly and casually get high, without the film making any kind of point about drug use.  It’s just there—an uninteresting motif.  Almost nothing in director Brett Haley‘s script is novel or fresh, and it even turns fraudulent with its portrayal of a sad, 71-year-old man (Elliott) made happy by a much younger, attractive woman.  Miss Prepon pursues him, doing so not because Eliott has a measure of fame but simply because she has “a thing for old guys.”

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