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Spencer Susser writes and directs this darkly comic drama starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rainn Wilson and Natalie Portman. After his mother is killed in a car crash, T.J. (Devin Brochu) falls into a deep depression. Living with his sleeping pill-addicted father, Paul (Wilson), and absent-minded grandmother (Piper Laurie), while at the same time being bullied relentlessly at school, he soon withdraws into a state of extreme social isolation alleviated only by his crush on bespectacled supermarket check-out girl Nicole (Portman). However, things change dramatically for T.J. when an unlikely ally comes into his life in the form of Hesher (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a nihilistic, foul-mouthed, heavy metal-loving pyromaniac squatting in a nearby abandoned building.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Package Dimensions : 7.1 x 5.42 x 0.58 inches; 2.93 Ounces
- Media Format : PAL
- Run time : 1 hour and 41 minutes
- Release date : February 13, 2012
- Studio : Lions Gate Home Entertainment UK Ltd
- ASIN : B006B95SRE
- Number of discs : 1
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And that's where the writing fails: for most of this movie, I didn't really see Hesher and TJ's dad as really all that different, because it's not until the last 10 minutes of the movie that the viewer gets a glimpse into TJ's life before his mom's death. Having never assumed that TJ had previously been living in a kind of Leave it to Beaver fantasy world, I had no grasp on just how much his life had changed since her death -- I could only tell that he and his father were very sad and angry. Moreover, Hesher just seemed like another in a string of oddities in an otherwise decentralized life. That means that rather than feeling a sense of momentum and culmination as the movie climaxes, I was left wondering why the movie's close was presented with all these grandiose emotions I just wasn't feeling and why I hadn't laughed more.
Ultimately, this movie would have been stronger if the writer hadn't tried to cram all this self-serious, hyperemotional content into it or if the writing created clearer distinctions between TJ's life before and after Hesher's arrival.
It's two of Hollywood's biggest stars in a very small & independent film that literally gives the middle finger to mainstream Hollywood garbage.
It's dark & sad and features an unlikely comic/tragic hero who rescues three drowning souls by reminding them, in his own way, that life is for the living. While not overtly apparent, Hesher has a deep philosophical message for the world that will likely be lost on the typical popcorn and Pepsi guzzling movie crowd who are willing to happily toss away $15 on another procedural poo fest like a Fast & Furious or SAW movie.
Hesher's solid foundation, as with any movie, is it's great script. Top that with great acting (maybe JGLs best performance ever).
Hesher will make you cry and laugh and in the end will leave you with the certainty that you've just seen something,
but leaves it to you to figure out exactly what that is. And that's EXACTLY what good art should do.
Hesher is not for the masses...it's for the intelligent. Oh, and....METALLICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Spoiler alert. Okay, my real beef is the funeral scene. When the kid and dad join Hesher in "walking with grandma" the movie loses all coherence. That scene is so stupid it makes the movie lose all credibility. That scene tips the movie from introspective dark humor to Ben Stiller-style non-sensical lampooning. That scene alone made it go from 5 to 3 stars.
A class A+ male late teen sadist narcissist abuses a young boy, and anyone else, invades boys home, his life, his last bit of safety, and kills boys grandmother with OD on too much medical 420 and stress she's not used to... w/o anyone protecting him from this maniac who the writers add a faux psuedo soft side JUST ENOUGH to make him not a serial killer. WORST movie I've seen in a VERY long time. Did anyone benefit for the maniac's weird abusive "kindess"? NO. Grandma DIED. Dad n son got back together after so much trauma ONCE the degenerate abuser with foulest mouth ever in front of a kid under 10. GARBAGE
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An instant entry in to my personal favourites list.
Wer einen guten Metall Film sehen will sollte sich lieber Deathgasm, Heavy Trip, Eat the Rich oder Lords of Chaos kaufen, einfach jeden anderen Film lach! Dieser hat absolut garnichts mit einem Metall-Film zu tun, außer das man alte Metallica Lieder hört wenn der Hauptdarsteller Auto fährt... aber nur Metallica, einmal hört er sogar Motörhead....
Der Film ist für mich auch total sinnlos, und ein asoziales Verhalten dar, einfach genauso wie es die “ normalen Leute “ sehen wollen oder denken das metlar so sind, wirklich Müll!
Für den Hauptdarsteller ist die Rolle auch nichts, einfach nur übertrieben sein Verhalten etc. Finger weg, nicht mal 1 Euro wert der Film!