HELLO HERMAN 2013 TV-14 CC

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A controversial journalist (Norman Reedus from AMC's "The Walking Dead") is forced to confront his haunting past when he faces a bullied teenager driven to a terrible act of violence.

Starring:
Norman Reedus, Garrett Backstrom
Runtime:
1 hour, 28 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Michelle Danner
Starring Norman Reedus, Garrett Backstrom
Supporting actors Martha Higareda, Rob Estes, Sabrina Debler, Andy McPhee, Olivia Faye, Jake White, Alex Neuberger, Lindsay Bushman, Priscilla Herman, Samantha Herman, Arielle Sitrick, Jordan White, Alec George, Jonathan Grubb, Tim Zhang, Franco Carlotto, Christina Stanley, Rebecca Morgan
Studio Gravitas Ventures LLC
MPAA rating TV-14
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Charles Daniel Christopher on January 14, 2014
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This movie is an excellent example of how theater and film can use a story to examine the issues of the day. "Hello Herman" presents the story of a school spree killer. His name is Herman. One day he walks into his High School with an Uzi, a 9 mm pistol and a gym bag full of homemade pipe bombs and kills 39 of his fellow students and 3 adults (teachers and police officers) and wounds many others. Naturally, the usual media circus ensues with all the usual witness interviews--which garner the usual answers, "he was a quiet boy," "he was bullied often" and "I don't understand how he could do such things." But, unlike the the real life High School spree killers, Herman survives the event and those things that, usually, can only be inferred from the family and friends (should they have any) of such killers are given in his voice and puts a face on his suffering before he snaps.

We usually pay so much attention to the "how" and "what" of such an event that we forget to look for the "why." This movie encourages us to look at those "whys," those things that turn a normal, smart, sensitve teen-aged boy into a killer.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stella!!! on June 20, 2013
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I found a link to "Hello Herman" on Norman Reedus' Twitter account while spelunking the web. Reedus' video PSA about bullying ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWXI4lvIKI0 ) came to mind, and the movie trailer was riveting, so I immediately rented it.

Whoah. $6.99 was a good investment, and I would have paid more. This film should certainly be more widely distributed and viewed. Reedus' and Backstrom's acting were both superb and believable. The hateful, demonizing senator and talk show host were disgusting to me, which reflects a spot on job by the writer and director in portraying the side OVER the fence from Reedus' character's stance.

I couldn't stop thinking of the segment with Marilyn Manson in Michael Moore's "Bowling for Columbine" while watching this.
After some talk about government and media fear mongering, whether Manson had more influence in the country that the President, and Manson's very astute observation about our culture of fear and consumption, Moore asks Manson: "If you were to talk directly to the kids at Columbine or the people in that community, what would you say to them if they were here right now?"
Manson's answer: "I wouldn't say a single word to them. I would listen to what they have to say, and that's what no one did."

I apologize for the reference to another film here, but I think that "listening to what they have to say" is a major point of John Buffalo Mailer's screenplay, and Michelle Danner's passionate direction of this film. We need to talk about WHY this sort of mass violence keeps happening. We must have more honest, non-politic partisan dialogue in our country. We need to turn off our smartphones and our televisions and talk to our kids.
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Norman Reedus is amazing in anything. The young actor grew into his performance throughout the film and gave a very poignant end performance. Sadly, many of the additional cast members were...eh. There's a female politician who, not only is a ferociously exaggerated version of any Republican I've ever met, but probably the worst actress I've ever seen. The rest...mediocre. As for the story...controversial, thoughtful and well written. Would have been 5 stars if it weren't for that ridiculous politician character.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By F Jacobowitz on June 19, 2013
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Just saw Hello Herman in a theatre at a premiere. It was a very powerful movie. I left the theatre feeling very uneasy and it has been a while since a movie affected me to that degree. It is a film about bullying and teenage violence. It tries to show how things reach that point of no return from several different vantage points. It was very well-directed and the young man who starred in the film (playing Herman) has a bright career ahead of him. He was very good. I don't believe this film will have a theatre run because of its budget so has to be seen as an 'instant video' or an 'on demand' but in my opinion well worth it. If you would like to see a film that make you think...and rethink a terrible phenomenon that is affecting our society, and getting progressively worse, then you should see this film.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By gillionaire11 on June 14, 2013
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I really enjoyed Hello Herman. It is a movie that is like no other out there and it's such an important topic in todays society. This movie needs to get out there! And Norman Reedus did an amazing job.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MRW on April 5, 2014
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I saw this because I love Norman Reedus on The Walking Dead but the movie was pretty bad and didn't make a lot of sense.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Nelson on February 8, 2014
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Lackluster acting and a predictable plot. Watched the whole thing to the end, but it was difficult to do so.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By April Ketchum on April 16, 2014
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The story line/subject matter is current and relevant to today; however, the movie seemed like it was awkwardly edited. There were characters introduced that were flat and served almost no purpose. The "flashbacks" were awkward and choppy. Part of me thinks that they attempted to squeeze so much into such a short film, but I don't think I could have watched another half hour of the movie. When the end credits came, it felt like I hadn't really watched anything of value.
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