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American Hero (2015)

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Melvin, a reluctant Superhero, lives only for crime, women and drugs - until he realises that the only way he will ever get to see his estranged son is to go straight and fulfil his potential as a crime fighter.

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Melvin Hesper
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Lucille
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Doreen's Boyfriend
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Rex
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Eileen Hesper
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Lyle
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Doreen
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Clarice Hesper
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Lucas
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Ramon
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Samuel
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Melvin, a reluctant Superhero, lives only for crime, women and drugs - until he realises that the only way he will ever get to see his estranged son is to go straight and fulfil his potential as a crime fighter.

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With great power comes zero responsibility. See more »

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Action | Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi

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11 December 2015 (USA)  »

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Американски герой  »

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$990,000 (estimated)
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Jonathan Billions who plays the character Rex is Bill Billions son. See more »

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The film is meant to play as a documentary, so all the crew/equipment reflections, shadows etc. are an intentional part of the movie. See more »

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Don't expect anything magical, but it's worth a watch.
12 December 2015 | by (America) – See all my reviews

I saw the trailer on youtube and I'm a bit of a sucker for indie superhero movies though there have only ended up being a couple good ones. Before I recommend this one I have to really recommend Special(2006) with Michael Rapaport. Its probably the ultimate superhero movie on a budget. The comparison with this is that both of these have figured out that if you can force people to make a connection with the hero in question budget becomes quite secondary.

On the surface there's a lot of reasons not to like this movie and give it a pass. There's not really a story at all. No climactic ending, the characters are all derelicts with no ambition of nobility. Not even any real charisma.

Its basically a movie where we follow some poor white/black people around what appears to be new Orleans with a camera. They go through some good and bad times ultimately with a semi-cathartic ending.

I grew up in Germantown a ghetto of Louisville Ky. Everybody you knew had gotten drunk and high by the time they were 12 and there were more stories of losers than winners so the people in this movie were my people through and through(yeah I even once jumped off a house and missed a pool.). None of it is condoned or celebrated. They clearly show the downward spiral and the redemption in the trailer.

However if you're like pleasantville middle class and the only time you've ever encountered someone drinking a 40oz can of miller highlife is when you rolled your windows up at a traffic light when approached for change you probably wanna skip this one. You are so not the target audience.

So no surprises here just a charming and sometimes sad story of a drunken loser with powers. Its worth a watch.


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