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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.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 2.4 Ounces
- Item model number : 954098851
- Director : Spencer Susser
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 46 minutes
- Release date : September 13, 2011
- Actors : Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Devin Brochu, Natalie Portman, Rainn Wilson, Piper Laurie
- Producers : Aaron Downing, Aleen Keshishian, Annette Savitch, Ari Ackerman
- Studio : Artisan / Lionsgate
- ASIN : B0058ZPNOK
- Writers : Brian Charles Frank, David Michôd, Spencer Susser
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #35,460 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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.
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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!