First-rate talent in front of and behind the camera fails to save HERO, an insistently Capra-esque social comedy, from being a lumbering bore.
Bernie LaPlante (Dustin Hoffman) has tried to live a low-profile life. In fact, it's his creed, which he tries to pass on to the young son, Joey (James Madio), of his ex-wife, Evelyn (Joan Cusack). But the only result is that Bernie has a low life to match his low profile. A small-time Chicago
thief, he's about to be put into prison for trying to sell stolen house paint. Though his main business is stolen credit cards, he moves just about anything and everything from the dreary walk-up where he lives alone.