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- Language: : English
- Parcel Dimensions : 18.03 x 13.76 x 1.48 cm; 81.65 Grams
- Director : Spencer Susser
- Media Format : NTSC
- Release date : Oct. 18 2011
- Actors : Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rainn Wilson
- Studio : Alliance Films
- ASIN : B0057GUGHE
- Best Sellers Rank: #32,713 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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Loud music. Pornography. Lighting fires. These are a few of Hesher’s favorite things. And they are what Hesher (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) brings into the lives of TJ (Devin Brochu) and his father Paul (Rainn Wilson) when he takes up residence in the garage uninvited. Grief stricken by the loss of TJ’s mother, Paul can’t muster the strength to evict the strange squatter and soon the long-haired, ta ttooed Hesher becomes a fixture in the household. Like a force of nature, Hesher’s anarchy shakes the family out of their grief and helps them embrace life once more.
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
- Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
- Runtime: 106 minutes
- Rating: NR
- Language: English
- Disc: 1
- Actors: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Devin Brochu, Natalie Portman, Rainn Wilson, John Carroll Lynch
- Genre: Comedy, Drama
As the title character in Hesher, Joseph Gordon-Levitt wears a grungy fright wig and anarchic death-metal attitude to match. He's worlds away from the suave, immaculately groomed covert operative he played in Inception. But what's consistent in both performances and the thing that gives the über-indie and perhaps overly nihilistic Hesher its punch is Gordon-Levitt's sleek, leonine physicality. Hesher is a mysterious, violent, rude, yet affectingly empathetic drifter who appears in the life of 13-year-old T.J., his depressed father, and ailing grandmother, all of whom are grieving the recent death of the boy's mother. Hesher drives a beat-up black van and sleeps in vacant houses (until he moves uninvited into T.J.'s garage), popping in and out of the action at random and seemingly just to bring more chaos into the life of T.J. and his family. Whether Hesher is what the family needs to unscrew itself from the funk of extreme dysfunction caused by their communal tragedy is something first-time writer-director Spencer Susser tries hard to work out, and not always with complete success. It's a tough and very messy narrative that runs dangerously close to mawkishness, but for the vicious outbursts of brutality, aggression, and deep-seated emotional pain lying just beneath everyone's surface. Hesher is the catalyst, and fortunately Gordon-Levitt's physical grace is extraordinarily compelling as he pushes and punishes his lithe body in complete commitment to the role. This is a severely damaged soul who's probably beyond redemption himself, but understands that he still has something to give that might be of aid to someone else. As the primary beneficiary of the salvation on offer, Devin Brochu is an impressive little brother-like match as T.J., even as he's constantly exposed to the physical danger that's a by-product of being in proximity to Hesher (kudos to the tiny stunt double who gets tossed around like a rag doll). The rest of the cast do their best to keep up with the bedlam. Rainn Wilson is stretching some little-used actorly muscles as the near-catatonic dad for whom something must change, and Natalie Portman looking positively frumpy as a down-and-out ragamuffin who crosses paths with both T.J. and Hesher seems also to be trying to put a shine on her indie cred. Piper Laurie's turn as the obese, uncomprehending grandmother is a poignant peak in her long career and a character that's integral to the changes everyone else experiences, most especially Hesher himself. --Ted Fry
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The actors did an excellent job. There were many scenes you sit and ask yourself, in a good way, "What just happened here?" Or "What the heck is he doing now?" Life as usual falls to its least common denominator as the grief stricken family starts to imitate the anarchist ways, which seem to lack consequences in this film. Parts of the film were excellently done, while other scenes were weak. I suppose the ending of the film was supposed to make us feel good about the whole thing, but it doesn't compensate enough. Personally I think that if they toned down the crudeness of Hesher and put in Zack Garifalakis in that role the movie could have been a box office smash.
Normally I love these indie style quirky comedies, perhaps I have seen too many of them to enjoy this one to its fullest. And what the heck was Natalie Portman doing in this film?
Excessive F-bomb use, crudeness.
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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!