hesher movie review

But this character wears out his welcome fast. It has a dark sense of humor and a refreshing lack of sentimentality, but like its title character, Hesher isn't really interested in going anywhere.

If you seen him in 500 days of Summer, you will not see him the same way again. I’ve never been a big fan of the Kübler-Ross Model (also known as the Five Stages of Grief) because it seems like something constructed more to comfort those dealing with the grief-stricken rather than an honest explanation of the griever’s emotions. It would have been incredibly easy to overplay a role like that of Hesher, though thanks to Gordon-Levitt’s perfectly modulated performance, the character that could have been a caricature never feels overly forced or inauthentic. Fortunately, there's enough humor in all this to counteract the exploitation of weird logic and audacious coincidence. His dad, Paul Forney, does nothing but taking pills day by day, so he can cope the death of his wife. Like summoning an angry guardian demon, Hesher (Gordon-Levitt) emerges from the half-built home, pulls in T.J. and threatens his life. Keep track of your favorite shows and movies, across all your devices. | Rating: B You'll be surprised by Joseph Gordon-Levitt's performance and some of the moments the movie depicted. The percentage of users who rated this 3.5 stars or higher. Annette Savitch, Scot Armstrong & Ravi Nandan | Rating: 2/4

© 2020 The Hollywood Reporter When he enters a house, where a grieved father, a son, and the grandmother lives, he does whatever he can to make them feel happy again. | Rating: 4.5/5 TWITTER The storyline was depressing, but it did had few funny moments and an ending that had a good message.

At the supermarket, T.J. meets the cashier Nicole (Natalie Portman), who has no more reason for being in the film than anybody else.

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Sure, it wasn't perfect, but I found myself enjoying everything that went on in the film, including the performances by the talented cast.

Not the greatest movie ever. Then, years later, upon deeper reflection, their presence fits into the glorious chaos of our lives like a missing piece of some massive cosmic puzzle. Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Devin Brochu, Rainn Wilson, Piper Laurie, Natalie Portman |. T.J. manages to escape, but later finds that Hesher is his new houseguest and if young T.J. does anything to remove Hesher from his home, his new long-haired, tattooed anti-friend will “cut off his nose.”. Hesher is a person who happened to come out of the blue. By contrasting Hesher with TJ, whose overwhelming sense of loss has left him unable to break free from his role as victim to the school’s biggest bully, Susser and Michod create a compelling character dynamic that serves to playfully shock while simultaneously offering insight into TJ’s true nature, and the grief that now threatens to destroy his family. November is a great time to start your holiday binge-watching. Please enter your email address and we will email you a new password. Coming Soon, Regal His grandmother, Madeleine (Piper Laurie), drifts on a cloud of vagueness through their lives, feeding them out of lifelong habit, not asserting herself, asking no questions even when T.J. brings Hesher home for dinner. Unlike many films that hope to be called black comedy, it does not skimp on either the black or the comedy.

| Top Critics (29) Yet the movie does have a point, and the T.J. character is so sweet and sad that he provides an emotional touchpoint for the viewer. At first he seems possibly an imaginary friend for the kid, but then we realize he's quite real, all right. Writer-director Spencer Susser stages his trials with the immediacy of a just-bloodied nose, and when T.J. gets knocked over for the third or fourth time, you realize Brochu has been right to play the boy with that perpetual look or fearful alertness.

By Kofi Outlaw May 13, 2011. Sign up and add shows to get the latest updates about your favorite shows - Start Now. That lack of depth then begins to show in Hesher and eventually the film can’t sustain its concept. But the main star and best job of the movie is TJ(Devin Brochu). The rest of the characters are not so well developed either. Sign up here. Brochu should have gotten more attention for his performance, because it's fantastic. for disturbing violent behavior, sexual content, including graphic dialogue, pervasive language, and drug content — some in the presence of a child, The Mandalorian Faces Lies and Krykna in Chapter 10: The Passenger, Miles Morales Swings Players into the Future of Gaming, Lasting Fright: The Staying Power of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Mr. COLLIDER participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means COLLIDER gets paid commissions on purchases made through our links to retailer sites. The debut feature from director/co-writer Spencer Susser (who penned the screenplay alongside Animal Kingdom writer/director David Michod), Hesher captures one of those tender, life-altering encounters in a way that’s anything but precious, imbuing it with a refreshing sense of recklessness and compelling stylistic flair that perfectly complements Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s volatile centerpiece performance. His father Paul (Rainn Wilson) is despondent and spends most of his days sleeping the pain away on the couch of T.J.’s grandmother Madeline (Piper Laurie). Their behavior doesn't change throughout the whole movie, so they are one-dimentional. "Hesher" assembles a group of characters who aren't sure why they're in the same movie together. He sets up a camp in the family garage and parks his van in front, from which often pounds heavy metal at full volume. There are a few like him (Jack Nicholson, Christopher Walken, Bill Murray) who need only to look at something to establish an attitude toward it. For viewers capable of doing just that, Hesher is truly a film worth head-banging about. Portman's character is the most straightforward in the film; she is who she seems to be. The storyline could've been better if it had to deep deeper into the characters. We want to hear what you have to say but need to verify your email. Privacy | This kid is amazing. Therefore, despite the lack of character development, the description for Hesher sums it up. Where Hesher deserves some credit is that it doesn’t put on kid gloves when it comes to child endangerment. Kid actors are usually annoying nowadays, but Devin Brochu delivered a terrific performance. All rights reserved.

One day, T.J. is riding his bike through a construction site, crashes, and in his rage, he throws a stone through a glass window. Please enter your email address and we will email you a new password.

The film's strength relies on the cast, and they all did a terrific job, more likely that of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Accessorized with heinous birth-control glasses and draped in unflattering late-’80s fashions, Portman is still a bit too pretty to be entirely believable as the luckless grocery-store clerk who needs TJ’s affirmations as much as he needs hers, but a bearded Rainn Wilson plays the role of TJ’s father with a sense of detachment that, once shed, lends the film’s off-beat climax a sense of palpable tenderness.

Then the film, which at least had the consistency to hammer home its single theme, shoots itself in the foot with an ending unworthy of its tone and attitude. Hesher does the exact opposite by pulling a stunt so saccharine and contrived that I would assume it came from a studio note if this weren’t an independent film (and also if there was some studio out there that was totally cool with the level of child-endangerment this movie joyfully depicts). AP Featured Movie News. Hesher is an underrated film that didn't deserved the negativity from critics. | Rating: 3.5/4

He's a loner who hates the world and everything around him. Download the TV Guide app for iPhone, iPad and Android! However, it's not a flawless film. A quick synopsis since most people have probably never heard of this. What's green, slimy, and smells like bacon? Roger Ebert was the film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 until his death in 2013. When I did, I was impressed. and the Terms and Policies, 0. As much as Gordon-Levitt tries to define the character right down to the way he holds his fork, Hesher never feels like a real person because his actions are so outlandish and his presence is so rigidly defined as to negate any humanity. It doesn't go further into his life. and A Most Beautiful Thing Among Nominees at Critics' Choice Documentary Awards.

PARK CITY -- A movie about loss for audiences who would like to firebomb the Hallmark Channel, Hesher enters with a metal riff and, even when it's time to, can't quite bring itself to go soft. T.J. lives in a bleak world, with Dad (Rainn Wilson) handling his grief with pills, Grandma (Piper Laurie) just a few steps away from senility, and now a nearly naked drug dealer eating half the family groceries.

Editor: Michael Mckusker Production designer: Laura Fox How has a 10-year-old acquired a friend who resembles a wasted rocker? I liked the movie for what it was, and there's a lot to like from it.

Get the freshest reviews, news, and more delivered right to your inbox! Essentially, Spencer Susser's film is not strong or large enough to contain Hesher. I felt that the script made it sound like he was annoying, but that didn't really kept me from being amazed by his performance. Costume designer: April Napier ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Hesher is not someone you want in your garage. Rainn Wilson took a break from comedy at the time and did something new for a change. There is no mistaking Hesher as some instructional figure who will gruffly but good-naturedly guide T.J. through his pain.

You're almost there! The subject matter is very serious, and in a lot of ways heartbreaking.

Works as a solemn story about dealing with loss, tragedy, and disappointment, primarily because Gordon-Levitt's character bridges the gap between laughter and tears. Your AMC Ticket Confirmation# can be found in your order confirmation email. Copyright © Fandango. Executive producers: Jonathan Weisgal & Wayne Chang, Aleen Keshishian, It's more of a dark comedy that's meant to shock you.

FACEBOOK © 2020 Collider Cryptomedia, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Regal The title character (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is hauled into the movie as a classic deus ex machina, as if he's been lowered by rope into the middle of a situation he has no connection with.

Hesher keeps you guessing to his motives, but those motives eventually become irrelevant because he’s not so much a character as a construct.

|, May 13, 2011 Production companies: Corner Store Entertainment, the Last Picture Co., Handsomecharlie Films, Dreamagine Entertainment and Catchplay, American Work Don't have an account? Sales agent: WME and CAA Don’t worry, it won’t take long. His father, Paul (Rainn Wilson), sits stunned by depression on the sofa, staring at the TV by default, not even really seeing it.

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