Picks and Pans Review: Hero at Large
Slower than a spent bullet! Barely able to leap park benches in a single bound! Even when he's decked out in blue tights, red cape and yellow boots, John Ritter makes an unlikely superhero, yet the big "A" on his chest stands for "Captain Avenger." He was just another out-of-work actor until he foiled a holdup in Greenwich Village and became an overnight hero. Silly as all this may sound, it's amusing, thanks in large part to the engaging performance director Martin (The Lords of Flatbush) Davidson has coaxed from Ritter, mercifully devoid of his Three's Company double takes. Anne (Paradise Alley) Archer is witty and alluring as the girl next door. The film falters when it takes its comic book morality too seriously and succumbs to plot holes that rival New York's potholes. Still, it's as much fun as Superman—at a small fraction of the cost. (PG)
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