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Don't Be a Hero (2018)

A middle-aged woman battles her loneliness and boredom by robbing banks in the guise of a cowboy on her lunch break. But after the adrenaline rush wears off, she still has to deal with her deeply unhappy life. Inspired by a true story.

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Pete Lee

Writer:

Pete Lee
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Cast

Credited cast:
Missi Pyle ... Lizzy Jo Ehler
Ashley Spillers ... Samantha
Lew Temple ... Harold
Anne Gee Byrd ... Ellen Ehler
Link Ruiz ... Kevin
Hojo Shin ... Mandy
Dee Baldus ... Bartender
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Amber Jenkins ... Western Cowgirl
Anna Kaskeeva ... Bank Customer
Pearl Koven Pearl Koven ... Bank Teller
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A middle-aged woman battles her loneliness and boredom by robbing banks in the guise of a cowboy on her lunch break. But after the adrenaline rush wears off, she still has to deal with her deeply unhappy life. Inspired by a true story.

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Short | Crime | Drama | Western

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Very much about the character, and works well because of this
9 March 2019 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

I'm told this is inspired by a true story, but honestly I'm not sure how much difference that will make to the viewer because no matter what part of this character is fictionalized extension, the film makes her convincingly real anyway. In terms of narrative, the film is only really a handful of scenes/moments, and there isn't really a flow through a story so much as there is time with a person. Lizzy Jo starts the film in the persona of bank robbery, and we see this element first because the disguise is stripped away to give us a tired woman in a drab and unfulfilling life. The money unspent below the bed tells us that the robbery is only about the escape and the rush, but then we know this from the content of the film generally as well.

The film benefits greatly from how good Missy Pyle is, as she totally lands the character. As well-known and glamorous as she is, here she carries the character from the inside out, and I did believe her even in the most downbeat of moments. The film matches this in small ways, because the robbery opener is sharp, well-lit, and feels "crisp", whereas the rest of the scenes in her normal life have a tinge of dirt and sweat to them - hard to describe but the cinematographer did good on the film's look. The end result is a film that centers round a strong character in a way that is engaging and satisfying.


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Language:

English

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2018 (USA) See more »

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