'Hesher' directed by Spencer Susser stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Hesher. There are several things that Hesher likes a lot. Loud music, pornography and burning stuff to the ground.
He brings all of his favorite things into the lives of 13 year old TJ (Devin Brochu) and his father Paul (Rainn Wilson) when he unexpectedly takes up residence in their garage, uninvited.
Told through the eyes of TJ, HESHER is a dark fairy tale about an eccentric unhinged drifter who appears out of nowhere to help a struggling family deal with loss. TJ and his father are simply going through the motions of their daily life, quietly grieving each day...The father can barely get out of bed..T.J. gets beaten up by a bully at school daily.
Hesher arrives like a force of nature not stopping for anything or anyone in his path.
Paul is so griefstricken that he can't muster the strenth to evict this strange squatter from his home and soon, the long haired tattooed Hesher becomes a fixture in the household.
Hesher befriends TJ's grandmother (the wonderful Piper Laurie) who lives with them. Grandma is dying and she's extremely loney - the family is too busy with their own pain to even notice. But Hesher does. He shows Grandma appreciation for her cooking...he listens to all her stories and even agrees to go on a walk with her.
T. J's just as lonely when he starts to develop a relationship with Nicole (Natalie Portman) a supermarket cashier. who comes to his rescue one day. She's his first friend and of course like all 13 year olds, he falls in love with her.
Hesher means lover of heavy metal music. The character Hesher is a mystic...He IS heavy metal...Volatile, menancing, vulgar, rude and he doesn't give a damn what anyone thinks of him.
Hesher is also one of the most interesting, complex and original characters I've seen in a film in a very long time. Joseph Gordon-Levitt kills it as this ultimate wise bad ass "Hesher' will take you on a trip...a really good trip.
"The Two Jews' On Film' were actually on the same page with this one and gave it 4 1/2 bagels out of 5...with the works. 'Hesher' opens in theaters, Friday May 13, 2011.
** out of **** "Hesher" is not only the name of the new dark comedy from first-time director Spencer Susser, as well as the name of the character that is ultimately at its center; but also a fine piece of terminology most commonly used to describe those who enjoy metal music perhaps a bit too much. Such people, "heshers", are likely to breathe booze and smoke from their cigarettes rather than air; the rest of their life is devoted to music. Heshers even come with their own … more
Star Rating: Hesher is a strange, unpleasant film that lacks the necessary tools to successfully get its point across. Rest assured, I did eventually get the point: Rather than dwell on your losses, you should instead focus on what remains. Sadly, it didn’t resonate. Perhaps I shouldn’t have been required to wade through nearly 100 minutes of shiftless storytelling in order to get there. It also would have helped if the characters had not been so … more
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September 25, 2011
At first look, you’ll know straight away that “Hesher” was going to be one of those movies that would be hard to actually say what the filmmakers had in mind. I mean I think it makes a sort of commentary towards the way we see life, the tonal shifts represent the way we are thrown curve balls along the way, and yet the film feels darkly childish amid all the profanities, the depressing themes and the sociopathic drama the film seems wrapped around in. &nb … more
My husband (creator of the cult classic films FACES OF DEATH) andmyself (actress/screenwriter) are ex New Yorkers, see alot of films and usually disagree. So our friends decided that we need a review … more
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