The Movie Hero (2003)





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Blake (Jeremy Sisto) is like a lot of people living in L.A. He believes he has an audience following him around, watching everything he does. He addresses the camera nearly constantly, and it becomes clear that we are Blake's audience. He spots a Suspicious Character (Peter Stormare of Fargo, who also contributes the film's closing song) on the street and follows him. He tells the man, "I know what you did," even though he doesn't know. The cops warn Blake to stop harassing people, but he owes it to his audience to fight evil. Blake gets a surprise visit from his parents (Marcia Strassman and Eric Pierpoint), who are surprisingly understanding about his mental state. His mother tells him they showed up unannounced because, "We know that your audience hates phone conversations." Blake advertises for a sidekick to help him fight evil, and meets a young, unemployed black comic, Antoine (Brian White), who doesn't have anything better to do. Blake is hesitant to hire him ("I don't do clichés"), but Antoine reassures him that he is not a stereotype. Another run-in with the Suspicious Character gets Blake arrested, and sentenced to visit Elizabeth (Dina Meyer), a beautiful court-appointed therapist. Blake immediately recognizes her as his Love Interest, and her demurrals only reinforce his belief. Even the fact that she's engaged doesn't dissuade him. "He must be a total loser compared to me," he surmises. He thereafter refers to her betrothed as Doomed Fiancé (Carlos Jacott). Blake has a difficult time getting Elizabeth to see things his way, but his jovial personality begins to win her over. Meanwhile, he learns the sinister nature of Suspicious Character's behavior. The Movie Hero marks the feature debut of writer/director Brad T. Gottfred. It was shown at the 2003 Rhode Island International Film Festival.
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Dina Meyer
as Elizabeth Orlando
Jeremy Sisto
as Blake Gardner/The Hero
Alexis Arquette
as Strange, Yet Attractive Woman
Peter Stormare
as Suspicious Character
Carlos Jacott
as Doomed Fiancé
Brian J. White
as Antoine
Hiroshi Watanabe
as One Minute Appearance Man
Marcia Strassman
as Blake's Mom
Eric Pierpoint
as Blake's Dad
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Critic Reviews for The Movie Hero

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

There's not enough movie here to make this guy heroic.

December 17, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

The film is overflowing with charm and a genuine love for the connection a movie can have with its viewers.

Full Review… | November 6, 2006

A hopelessly dorky exercise in popcorn-munching reflexivity.

December 21, 2004
Orlando Weekly

The movie is such a cute little charmer than it's hard to resist.

Full Review… | February 28, 2003
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Audience Reviews for The Movie Hero


Great, great film!!!! I mean why wouldn't you want to watch a film in which the main character thinks his life is a movie?? Not only that but watch a film that knocks everything that is Hollywood!! Outstanding film!!

Dustin Lerch
Dustin Lerch

Being such an avid movie fan, this film really spoke to me. I could relate to the main character and i loved the plot. it was silly and funny and i really enjoyed this (:

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Fun "superhero" movie with a spoofish feel. Sisto, believes that he has an "audience" and that Stormare is his arch nemesis. His "antics" lead him to Meyer's who is his court appointed psychiatrist. The movie tries for a deeper meaning, with it possible that the "audience" is the soul or maybe the connection to god. Interesting movie overall, good for a lazy day.

Brent Mikel
Brent Mikel

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