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A young boy has lost his mother and is losing touch with his father and the world around him. Then he meets Hesher who manages to make his life even more chaotic.

Director:

Spencer Susser
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Hesher
Devin Brochu ... TJ
Rainn Wilson ... Paul
Piper Laurie ... Grandma
Natalie Portman ... Nicole
Brendan Hill ... Dustin
John Carroll Lynch ... Larry
Monica Staggs ... Mom
Mary Elizabeth Barrett ... Meryl
Audrey Wasilewski ... Coleen
Lyle Kanouse ... Jack
Frank Collison ... Funeral Director
Van Epperson ... Angry Driver
Helen Slayton-Hughes ... Mrs. Rosowski
Paul Bates ... Mr. Elsberry
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Storyline

T.J., a high school freshman, lost his mother two months before in a car accident: his father pops pills and sits on the couch; his grandmother holds things together, chatting and cooking. T.J. wants the car back from the salvage yard where the owner's son is a bully. By happenstance, Hesher, a foul-mouthed squatter, moves in with T.J's family. T.J. also meets Nicole, a grocery clerk near poverty who helps him once. Hesher involves T.J. in crime, the bully is omnipresent, mom's car is slipping away, dad has checked out, T.J. watches Nicole at work, and his grandma invites him to join her morning walk: the odds are long that T.J. can assemble a family to help him thrive. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Sometimes life gives you the finger and sometimes it gives you...

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent behavior, sexual content including graphic dialogue, pervasive language, and drug content - some in the presence of a child | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In the pool scene, Hesher asks R2 to shut down all the trash compactors. This refers to R2-D2 from Star Wars. Director Spencer Susser also directed a TV special short, R2-D2: Beneath the Dome (2001), and, of course, Natalie Portman played Queen Amidala in three Star Wars movies. See more »

Goofs

When Natalie Portman first appears, she breaks up a fight between Devin Brochu and Brendan Hill. During and after the scuffle, her necklace alternates from hanging down her chest to hanging down her back as they cut from shot to shot. See more »

Quotes

T.J.: Sorry I broke your lamp.
Nicole: It's okay.
T.J.: And I'm sorry I called you a fat prostitute.
Nicole: It's okay.
T.J.: You are not fat.
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Connections

References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Casanova Superfly
Written by Christopher Rucinski
Performed by Christopher Rucinski
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double sided coin
12 August 2011 | by megatrevSee all my reviews

For a film like this you've really got to ask what you want. A lot of people I know might not like it or really get it. I was looking for something a bit different to watch by myself, to engorge myself in. It's properly crude (in US terms) but that's kind of the point I think. I watch a lot of films and this one made me register to IMDb as I think it's probably under-rated. The acting is GOOD throughout. The cast is good (especially the kid...if the kids in Harry Potter were half that good we'd see them a lot in movies in the future...we won't) and the vibe is excellent. It's original without trying too hard and it didn't make me feel like I'd seen this film before. The other reviews seem to sum up the premise pretty much so I won't bother. I think this film could've gone bad many times over but the quality of it holds it together. It's a bit odd, a bit wrong, a bit sad, funny, witty, intelligent, brave and charming. I may be over egging this pudding but this film very nearly slipped under my radar and I'm very glad it didn't. When I'm hunting I reckon this is the kind of review I'd like to read to fire me up a bit. Eternal Sunshine meets No country for old men......or something :-)


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 June 2011 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Rebel See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$126,046, 15 May 2011

Gross USA:

$382,946

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$449,702
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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