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  • Actors: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Devin Brochu, Natalie Portman, Rainn Wilson, John Carroll Lynch
  • Directors: Spencer Susser
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: LIONSGATE
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0058ZPMYG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,553 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hesher [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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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, 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.

Customer Reviews

It's a pretty dark movie but its so good!
Beckers85
The ending of the movie had an interesting twist and tied up some lose ends making this movie not completely a waste of time.
jarreviews
Most critics tend to look at the "artistic" merit of a film and toss out the entire idea that it should be entertaining.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Miller VINE VOICE on August 16, 2011
Format: DVD
Take a linear narrative, throw in a dash of chaos, and you end up with Hesher, a film that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010 but didn't see an official theatrical release until 2011. Playing with the person-helps-grieving-family storyline we've seen countless times, this is one of those indie dramas that assembles a cast of well-known actors and allows them to branch out from what's expected of them. The story, whether good or bad, functions as an opportunity for actors to play against type in a way that a typical mainstream movie wouldn't allow. Hardly a surprise, Hesher opened to mixed reviews with the majority of praise going to the actors and the majority of complaints going to the script and film itself. Well, with performances of this caliber and a story that is stronger than it has been given credit for; this film is actually quite successful.

T.J. (Devin Brochu) and his father Paul (Rainn Wilson) have recently suffered a traumatic loss that leaves them living with T.J.'s grandmother (Piper Laurie) and retreating into depression. T.J., who has found himself frequently tormented at school, becomes reclusive from those around him, while Paul wanders around the house in a prescription drug-induced daze. One day, T.J. stumbles upon Hesher (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), whose name and presence seem to be accompanied by the music of Metallica. In a classic example of deus ex machina, Hesher appears out of nowhere, with no back-story, and no reason to be in the film. He looks like a Grunge-era reject, drives a beat-up old van, has an upraised middle finger tattooed on his back, and seems to embrace chaos. He's also indifferent to societal rules; willfully disrespectful, vulgar, and violent. Despite T.J.'s protests, he moves into T.J.'s house and no one seems to care.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Wilkinson on August 18, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
"Life is like walking in the rain... you can hide and take cover or you can just get wet."

Rarely in a film do I find a quote within it that perfectly describes the lessons it's trying to portray. In "Hesher", directed by Spencer Susser, this quote resonated with me. It was not until I heard that line that I fully understood what this movie was about. "Hesher" is a great film. One with a lot of heart and some brilliant writing. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays the outrageous Hesher perfectly and is by far (aside from "Mysterious Skin") his best work to date.

"Hesher" plays out like a weird dream. T.J., impressively played by Devin Brochu, is a young boy struggling with the loss of his mother. He lives with his father Paul and his grandmother. Paul, played by Rain Wilson, has fallen into a deep depression letting go all of his responsibility to his son and his own mother. It's a very tragic situation they are in. In a fit of rage T.J. vandalizes what he thinks is an unoccupied building and as a result is confronted by Hesher, terrifying T.J. in the process. Hesher decides to follow T.J. to his home and lets himself in. T.J. can't do anything about this random person entering the house, doing laundry and generally just making himself at home for fear that Hesher will harm his family. What follows is a plethora of black comedy and heartfelt change within both Hesher and this distraught family.

At it's heart, "Hesher" is a film about not being able to see the things that are right in front of us until an outsider smacks us in the face with reality. This isn't apparent in the beginning of the film, but as Hesher gets to know the family and the situation they are in he goes from "house squatting" to being part of the family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Oleson TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 18, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
You would think that a movie with the likes of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Natalie Portman, Rainn Wilson and Piper Laurie in the cast, you would at least have some interesting entertainment. Unfortunately this film not only fails to entertain, but fails the smell test of reality. Since this isn't an action movie or a sci-fi movie or a comic book movie, it would seem that the events might in fact have some likelihood of really happening. Here we get a long haired tatted up young man named Hesher (Gordon-Levitt) who walks into the home of a depressed widower (Wilson), his 12 year old son (Devin Brochu) and his mother (Laurie) and takes over. The first time I see this guy, I'm calling 911 but this family lets him move in.

The film centers on the accidental death of the wife/mother who was killed a couple months earlier in a car accident. TJ (Brochu) wants the car back after it was sold for junk, but must deal with the salvage operator's teen-age son who is the school bully. In several scenes Hesher could prevent TJ's thumpings but doesn't. You just know, he's trying to toughen up the kid by allowing him to be force fed urinal cake. Or maybe turn him in to a psychotic serial killer. Who knows. Natalie Portman plays a part time grocery cashier who has trouble making ends meet but helps TJ avoid another thumping in the parking lot. TJ has a crush on her so when she meets Hesher who is more age-appropriate you know what happens.

Portman's just along for the ride, looking to get another notch on her gun named "indi". Hesher's not some misunderstood homeless man looking to do the right thing. He's essentially a criminal who doesn't think rationally but somehow we are supposed to be sympathetic I guess, especially given the closing scene. The movie is not good.
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