Newmarket Films | Release Date: May 13, 2011
7.0
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Generally favorable reviews based on 63 Ratings
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MarcDoyleMay 25, 2011
This movie has the makings of a cult classic, but it never really comes together, and it's just flat out bleak, through and through. You certainly never feel like you can root for Hesher (the character played by JGL). But the titles, theThis movie has the makings of a cult classic, but it never really comes together, and it's just flat out bleak, through and through. You certainly never feel like you can root for Hesher (the character played by JGL). But the titles, the sountrack, a few of the set pieces (seeing Hesher climb up the telephone pole to turn on the porno channels for the house he's squatting in; watching him light a diving board on fire so he can act our Metallica's "Jump in the Fire", etc.) are interesting. It seems like they're setting up the film so Hesher will become an unlikely champion for the young kid who is the butt of a bully's ire, but he does nothing but add to the kid's nightmare. Even Natale Portman's character, who initially defends the kid, lets him down. I suppose if you feel a little sadistic, you'll have fun with this one, but it's nothing like The Stoned Age or other "fun" movies it's reminiscent of. Expand
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kevinhooksJan 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.
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