Comedy / Drama
Runtime: 93 minutes
Rated 14A: coarse language, sexual situations
Directed by Brett Haley
Starring: Sam Elliot, Laura Prepon, Nick Offerman
Synopsis: The Hero stars the legendary Sam Elliott as an aging actor confronting mortality in the moving new film from writer/director Brett Haley. Lee Hayden (Elliott) is a Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him. He spends his days reliving old glories and smoking too much weed with his former-co-star-turned-dealer, Jeremy (Nick Offerman), until a surprise cancer diagnosis brings his priorities into sharp focus. He soon strikes up an exciting, contentious relationship with stand-up comic Charlotte (Laura Prepon), and he attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter, all while searching for one final role to cement his legacy. The Hero is a beautiful and poignant celebration of life and the legacies we all leave behind.
Of course the main selling point is Sam Elliott aka Lee Hayden. I don’t even know who makes that barbecue sauce Lee is touting at the beginning of the film or whether it’s really good or just mass-produced glop, but based on that voiceover, I’d buy it. -Richard Roeper
Elliott’s a master of understatement, and just watching him stare off into the distance, mulling mortality with a weathered cowboy stance, is true cinematic Zen. -The New York Post