The Movie Hero

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

Audio commentary with writer/director Brad T Gottfried; Still gallery
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Writer/director Brad T. Gottfred's The Movie Hero stretches its premise paper-thin, but Jeremy Sisto's amusingly off-kilter lead performance and a strong supporting cast including Peter Stormare and Carlos Jacott help keep things fairly entertaining throughout the film's running time. It's not that Blake isn't an interesting character; his unbridled enthusiasm and movie-obsessed world view helped make the film a festival favorite. But his witty penchant for pointing out the clichés that surround him ("What are the odds that I would be your first case out of quack-talk school?" he presciently asks his neophyte therapist and love interest) isn't sufficient to maintain interest in the film's weak narrative. Instead, we have a film that works best in its asides. Despite Stormare's iconic performance as Suspicious Character, his character's name and the fact that Stormare is playing him are more interesting than anything the guy actually does. The premise is sustained imaginatively enough that it would be curmudgeonly to complain about minor inconsistencies. The real problem with the film is that because the story is weak and the concept is essentially played for one joke (there seems to be a lot of untapped potential here, as the film occasionally seems about to lurch into vaunted, mind-bending Being John Malkovich territory), it has to get by on its goofy charm. Essentially good-natured and disposably lightweight, the film is ingratiating enough to compensate for its flaws.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/2006
  • UPC: 013131420296
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 86,237

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeremy Sisto Blake
Dina Meyer Elizabeth
Peter Stormare Suspicious Character
Carlos Jacott Doomed Fiancé
Brian J. White Antoine
Marcia Strassman Blake's Mother
Eric Pierpoint Blake's Father
Frances Bay
Technical Credits
Brad T. Gottfred Director, Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Samuel Ameen Cinematographer
Anya Berger Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephen Thomas Cavit Score Composer
Richard Gottfred Executive Producer
Leslie Keel Production Designer
Joseph Labisi Cinematographer
Shannon Makhanian Casting
Richard Middleton Producer
Ryan Rothmaier Co-producer, Editor
Peter Stormare Executive Producer
Alex Sulaimani Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Movie Hereo
1. Main Character (Main Titles) [4:04]
2. Mr. Suspicious [3:38]
3. Mom, Dad and the Sidekick [8:59]
4. The Love Interest [8:55]
5. Conflict at Home [3:32]
6. T. & A. [7:03]
7. Who's Asking Who? [2:58]
8. Tailing the Bad Guy [2:27]
9. The Seduction [5:46]
10. Truth [5:28]
11. Regert [6:00]
12. Meaning of Life [4:31]
13. The Show Must Go On [4:42]
14. Confessions of Love [4:18]
15. Grand Finale [11:47]
16. End Credits [2:21]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Movie Hereo
   Chapters
   Extras
      Commentary
         Commentary With Writer/Director Brad T. Gottfried: On/Off
      Still Gallery
   Play
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