Video Review

Hero

MPAA Rating: PG-13
EW's GRADE
B

Details Movie Rated: PG-13; Genres: Comedy, Drama; With: Geena Davis, Andy Garcia and Dustin Hoffman

Hero's calculated elements jell just enough for this theatrical bust to seem a very nice rental bargain. Near-bum Hoffman rescues reporter Davis and others from a plane crash, but it's drifter Andy Garcia who takes the credit and becomes the media sensation. The script by David Webb Peoples (Unforgiven) bluntly and affectingly asks us what we look for in our heroes, though director Stephen Frears (The Grifters) slows the momentum with references to Frank Capra and Preston Sturges movies. The performances are an enjoyably mixed bag: Hoffman takes a realistic character and renders him absurdly unbelievable, while Garcia does exactly the opposite. B

Originally posted Apr 16, 1993 Published in issue #166 Apr 16, 1993 Order article reprints