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  • Summary: Loud music. Pornography. Burning shit to the ground. These are a few of Hesher’s favorite things. And they are what Hesher brings into the lives of TJ and his father, Paul when he takes up residence in their garage uninvited. Grief-stricken by the loss of TJ’s mother in a car accident, Paul can’t muster the strength to evict the strange squatter, and soon the long-haired, tattooed 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. (Wrekin Hill Entertainment) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 26
  2. Negative: 7 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    May 13, 2011
    Unlike many films that hope to be called black comedy, it does not skimp on either the black or the comedy.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    May 16, 2011
    Bad role models sometimes make the most interesting movie characters. The ill-mannered, unkempt, foulmouthed and hot-tempered title character of Hesher is just such a walking contradiction.
  3. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    May 12, 2011
    Portman is also a producer of Hesher; it is the first of her new company's films. It's not too tough to see what might have drawn a producer to the project: The story's mix of the mythical and the mundane has become an indie staple, and Hesher's edge might have proved artful instead of shredding everything in its path. For any actress, however, the part of Nicole is embarrassingly thin.
  4. Reviewed by: Andrea Gronvall
    May 12, 2011
    Writer-director Spencer Susser and cowriter David Michod (Animal Kingdom) generate fresh hells at a surreally rapid clip but cop out with an incongruously sentimental ending.
  5. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    May 12, 2011
    Hesher is a muddle of inchoate feelings that never really grasps the clichés to which it raises its middle finger.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    May 12, 2011
    Speaking of that middle-finger finale, there is one redeeming trait: At least it signals the end credits.
  7. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    May 12, 2011
    You see, this character, who is given no back story, is Life with a capital L. He is the Forneys' guardian angel who rouses them out of their funk. Given the movie's U-turn into allegory, maybe he's supposed to be a punk Jesus. Not even Mr. Gordon-Levitt's unremittingly savage performance can begin to salvage such hokum.

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  1. Aug 2, 2012
    wow wow wow this movie is great from the beginning this movie grabs you and doesn't let you go this movie combines everything comedy drama action thrills then the top it off with metallica's good old thrash for the soundtrack I was blown away by this movie I didn't expect it to turn out the way it did a must see in my opinion actors did an amazing job showing a side to some of them that I've never seen before all in all an amazing movie I recommend it to all to be on this is probably my new favorite movie Expand
  2. Aug 1, 2011
    Gordon-Levitt was born to play this role. Hesher is a masterpiece of dysfunction and redemption through fire, drugs, vagina jokesand violence. It is a refreshing left turn from the touchy-feely everything is going to work out motif that seems to be gagging the indie film market. Expand
  3. Sep 17, 2011
    I loved it. Joseph Gordon-Levitt did an amazing job in this movie. This was such an interesting,odd, strange,very different film. Devin Brochu(TJ) had some strong acting from such a young kid. I guess you would call this a dark comedy. It's depressing,yet funny just a awesome movie. I'm buying it. Expand
  4. Oct 16, 2011

    What a hell of a ride. Throughout the whole movie, I'm sitting there trying to figure out the character, "Hesher" and you no what I
    came up with? Not a damn thing. But maybe that's what makes Hesher so great, what makes him what he is, what makes him so **** interesting. He's unpredictable, you never know what the hell he's going to do next. Played amazingly by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hesher is one of the most rememberable characters in movie history, by far.

    The movie itself mixes with a dark comedy feel, that can some times become quite strange and depressing. You'll sit there trying to figure out what the moral of this movie is, what message it's trying to get out. This can become hard to understand. But if you sit there and think of it for a while, you might just figure out it's about life, in a very strange, crude, dramatic, depressing, **** up kind of a way.

    "Life is like walking in the rain, you can run and take cover, or you can just get wet." Thumbs up for originality, great performances from all cast members, and one hell of a crazy character that will never leave my mind. And I don't know if that's a good thing or not.
  5. Feb 28, 2012
    It's certainly not a classic, although it comes pretty damn close to being a cult classic. I really did enjoy this movie, as heavy as the material can be at times. Joseph Gordon Levitt does an amazing job in this role, and fits Hesher perfectly. Obviously when a movie is called Hesher, the entire movie hinges on that character, and Levitt is great. It's just as easy to like Hesher as it is to hate him, and the movie is better for it. There were moments of the movie where you think he may make some sort of cliche turnaround to become a better person, and then he goes right back to his sociopathic ways. There are some genuinely funny moments in this movie, and they're well-timed. However, this is a drama, so don't go into it expecting a comedy. All in all, this is a very unique, strange, and oddball movie. It's well worth seeing it just for the experience of Hesher. Expand
  6. Feb 23, 2013
    Hesher is a strange story that only works because of a terrific cast. The story follows a family who is suffering from a tragic loss. A mysterious stranger shows up and takes refuge in their garage and in his own twisted, up way, tries to help. That's what we were told, but I didn't see Hesher as anything more than a nuisance to the them. It's unbelievable that no one would have called the cops on this guy! Anyway, ignoring the weak story and obvious plot holes, this movie was good because of its cast, plain and simple. JGL continues to be the most under-appreciated talent in Hollywood. I guess that's what happens when you start out on a sitcom. Newcomer Devin Brochu in his first major role was amazing as TJ, he's gonna be a big star one day. Even Natalie Portman, who I don't usually like, was great! Hesher isn't the best story ever written, at times it's slow, at others it just doesn't click, but the amazingly talented cast manages to keep your interest and makes this one worth seeing. Expand
  7. Jan 19, 2013
    A film that seemed to contain a morale deep within. But after all the chaotic events that unfold in the end, it seemed unclear as to who and why the film was made for. Expand

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