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Hesher [Blu-ray]

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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.

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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
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  • Studio: LIONSGATE
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0058ZPMYG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,916 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hesher [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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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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"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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In the 26 years of watching Joseph Gordon Levitt grow-up before our eyes,"HESHER" was quite a departure from his days on "3rd ROCK FROM THE SUN",,and inspite of this movie's brutal and crude approach to life,the Anarchistic charecter that Levitt plays,was almost mystical-of a sort!
the deep and emotional impact of the movie's two main charecters,,TJ and his Father,was certainly understandable,having to deal with an intimate tragedy,with the loss of his wife,we watch little TJ going through hell,,being bullied by a punk kid,who does vulgar things,,being in an uncaring and unsympathetic world,as the little boy tries to save his mom's car-his only tie to his mother,,and then his encounter with Hesher,which has to be the ultimate mind blowing experience for a child to deal with,watching an unapologetic,i'll do what i want,charecter,who pulls no punches-although the scene,where Hesher hits the boy with his van,,that's kinda hard to accept,and cold blooded,,but then,"HESHER" shows a raw and all too real view of what life is like,in the mind of people,like the title charecter! Hesher's interactions with TJ's grand mother,played by the talented Piper Laurie ("CARRIE","CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD") showed some signs of compassion,,but this movie is hardly an idea theme for compassion,until the
scene,where the grandma dies,then the charecters all come to the gloomy part of their personal tragedies,that Hesher tries to make them all understand,in his own,anarchistic manner! if viewers can survive the profanity and crudeness of this movie,"HESHER" was actually a well made labor of love-if you love a charecter that looks like a "grunge band" reject,and acts like a king punk from the streets,then this movie is for you!
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