American Hero

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Melvin (Stephen Dorff), a reluctant hero who is far from super, has been suppressing his telekinetic powers for years with booze, drugs, and women. In the process, he has failed at practically everything, most of all as a parent to his son. After a brush with death, Melvin decides to use his powers for good and clean up the streets of New Orleans with the help of his best friend/definitely-not-a-sidekick, Lucille (Eddie Griffin). For a man who can do the impossible, it might be a fight even he can't win.

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Critic Reviews for American Hero

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  • A Dorff sideshow first and foremost, "American Hero" is far too casual with Melvin's character arc, and the appeal of superhuman abilities.

    Dec 11, 2015 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Writer-director Nick Love brings an enticingly quirky sensibility to the kaleidoscopic action, infusing his offbeat tale with raucous charm and a big, sloppy heart.

    Dec 10, 2015 | Full Review…
  • "American Hero" starts off seeming as if it is going to be a fresh take on superheroes, but Nick Love, who wrote and directed, turns out to have nowhere to go with his intriguing premise.

    Dec 10, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The filmmakers blend tones like a child mixing fountain drinks into one unidentifiable flavor.

    Dec 8, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The metaphor of superpowers equalling sober potential is good, but the careless development would barely fill a ten-minute short, making American Hero something of a slog.

    Jul 3, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • American Hero is a decent idea, but is let down by sloppy execution and meandering plot.

    Jul 11, 2016 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

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  • Dec 23, 2015
    A different take on the superhero genre, one set in the realm of the real and the knowable, and is intriguing for that, loses punch simply because it doesn't know where to go with either the real stuff or the superpower. Short sighted. Dorff and Griffen build a nice chemistry, but again to little use.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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