MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 470 this week

Jesus' Son (1999)

 -  Drama  -  21 July 2000 (UK)
7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 5,947 users   Metascore: 76/100
Reviews: 86 user | 73 critic | 30 from Metacritic.com

A young man turns from drug addiction and petty crime to a life redeemed by a discovery of compassion.

Director:

Writers:

(book), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 39 titles
created 31 Mar 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 03 Dec 2011
 
a list of 33 titles
created 19 Dec 2011
 
a list of 47 titles
created 16 May 2012
 
a list of 36 titles
created 09 Jul 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Jesus' Son" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Jesus' Son (1999)

Jesus' Son (1999) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Jesus' Son.
4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crush (1992)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

On the way to interview a novelist, Lane and Christina are involved in a car crash which leaves literary critic Christina brain-damaged. Lane undertakes the assignment and becomes attracted... See full summary »

Director: Alison Maclean
Stars: Marcia Gay Harden, Donogh Rees, Caitlin Bossley
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Johnny Scardino is working for blackmailers, photographing wealthy guys in seedy motels. One such assignment turns the wrong way and blackmailers die one by one. Is Johnny the next on the ... See full summary »

Director: John Raffo
Stars: Peter Gallagher, Frances McDormand, John Lithgow
Grind (1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

When a drag-racing, hard-luck parolee moves in with his brother in hopes of that ever-elusive fresh start in life, he's sure to be warm for the form of his brother's bored young wife. ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Kentis
Stars: Billy Crudup, Adrienne Shelly, Paul Schulze
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Two losers try to lift themselves out of the mire by letting their fantasy world take over their lives.

Director: Julian Farino
Stars: Mark Addy, Alan Atheral, Kenneth Cranham
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An intimate story of the enduring bond of friendship between two hard-living men, set against a sweeping backdrop: the American West, post-World War II, in its twilight. Pete and Big Boy ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Billy Crudup, Woody Harrelson, Patricia Arquette
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A television actor drinks too much and gets blackballed from the industry, and then he decides to break back in by directing his own movie. Eventually, he gets sober, and then falls off the... See full summary »

Director: Andy Dick
Stars: Eddie Alfano, Jamie Anne Allman, Bob Bancroft
Monument Ave. (1998)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A small time hoodlum is divided between his conscience and loyalty to his boss when his cousin is murdered.

Director: Ted Demme
Stars: Denis Leary, Ian Hart, Jason Barry
Stage Beauty (2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A female theatre dresser creates a stir and sparks a revolution in seventeenth century London theatre by playing Desedmona in Othello. But what will become of the male actor she once worked for and eventually replaced?

Director: Richard Eyre
Stars: Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Rupert Everett
Bongwater (1997)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

David is an aspiring artist and a pot dealer, and he falls in love with constantly smoking pot. Serena gets jealous and goes off to New York with heroin-addicted Tommy, and David wants her ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Sears
Stars: Luke Wilson, Alicia Witt, Amy Locane
Eden I (2001)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
Director: Amos Gitai
Stars: Samantha Morton, Thomas Jane, Luke Holland
Pretty Bird (2008)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A comic tale of three would-be entrepreneurs who set out to invent a rocket belt. The clash of their mismatched personalities soon dissolves the business into a morass of recriminations and... See full summary »

Director: Paul Schneider
Stars: Billy Crudup, Paul Giamatti, David Hornsby
The Professor (2012)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A professor at a West Coast college dreams of marrying a cowboy.

Director: Alison Maclean
Stars: Debra Bonilla, Dana Eskelson, Mark Felgin
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
FH
Robert Michael Kelly ...
Salesman
Torben Brooks ...
Car Crash Driver
Dierdre Lewis ...
Driver's Wife
Jimmy Moffit ...
Car Crash Doctor
...
Dead Man's Wife
...
Steve Buck ...
Richard
...
Tom
Scott Oster ...
Stan
Brooke Rachel Shive ...
Beatle (as Brooke Shive)
...
Jack Hotel
...
McInnes
Jesse Weaver Jr. ...
Carl
...
Dundun (as Mike Shannon)
Edit

Storyline

A gentle and usually mellow young man, who sometimes knows things before they happen and gets vibes of premonition, tell us his story: how he met Michelle in Iowa in 1971, how he got the name Fuckhead, how she introduced him to heroin and their falling in love, his thieving, his hospital work and their time in Chicago when she gets pregnant, detox, going to Phoenix to live, AA meetings and a dance, working at a care center where he learns to touch the residents, and modifying his daily schedule so that he passes a neighboring Mennonite household at the right time to hear the wife sing Gospel songs in the shower. Slowly, very slowly, FH lets his gifts emerge. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic drug use, strong language, sexuality and some violent images | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

21 July 2000 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Az élet kalandja  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$37,089 (USA) (16 June 2000)

Gross:

$1,282,084 (USA) (18 August 2000)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie's title comes from a line in the Velvet Underground song "Heroin". See more »

Goofs

In scene where FH is shaving Bill's face, the amount and location of shaving cream changes from shot to shot. See more »

Quotes

Bill: Talk into my bullet hole, tell me I'm fine.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood High (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Hang on Sloopy
Written by Bert Berns & Wes Farrell
Performed by The McCoys
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A Window on the Early 70s
4 August 2000 | by (Out there in the dark) – See all my reviews

Although it is far from perfect, "Jesus' Son" stands as a shining example of what is to be valued in independent filmmaking. It's impossible to imagine this film being produced in Hollywood. The subject matter is thorny, the form is innovative and most characters are ambiguous. In short, there's little here onto which a mass audience can grab. Yet, anyone choosing to pass this little film by will be missing something worthwhile.

"Jesus' Son", which takes its title from a Lou Reed song, expresses itself as a narrative memory. The film has the feel of random pages read out of someone's diary. It opens with a voice-over and we are immediately aware of an eccentric approach: the narrator has jumped the gun and needs to start over again. This sort of starting and re-starting may seem an affectation derived from the French 'new wave,' but it is handled so effectively that it succeeds in pulling the viewer into the film. Once officially on track, "Jesus' Son" moves from scene to scene with a method that seems wholly controlled by this main character/narrator, a young man known simply as F'head. We're never sure if he deserves this unflattering name, since his intentions are not always clear. F'head just seems to move through life, going where circumstances take him. Along the route, a wide variety of character types are encountered. Most leave F'head with something, and a few take something from him.

For individuals who are roughly contemporary with the characters in this film, there is much here that rings true. The time period-early 1970s-was a strange, directionless time for many in their early twenties. In fact, the film almost makes an unintentional case for the rampant drug abuse of the time: for so many, there was nothing else to do.

But the intention of Jesus' Son is not to excuse drug abuse, nor is to preach against it. Rather, the movie takes its hero on a rambling journey through the undersides and back alleys of life so that he may discover a single reason for staying alive. F'head seems a variant of the "wise fool" character, bringing about change in the lives of those he meets, yet seemingly unable to evaluate any of the events or relationships in his own life. Some viewers may see the hero guided by a higher power, of which he is himself unaware.

While the film's haphazard structure may be annoying to some, it admirably suits the time period and life-styles of the characters. There is a seeming discrepancy between several scenes. Some have a realistic, semi-documentary feel (when F'head first encounters Michelle), while others appear to be drawn from some bizarre cable-TV sitcom (the entire hospital orderly sequence, for instance). As in many independent films of recent years, there is much humor mixed with stark drama. The director, Alison Maclean, keeps a firm grip, maneuvering between wide-ranging emotional states. In the end, one is left with the feeling of having really experienced something. This is due not only to Maclean, but to the very fine cast.

Not surprisingly, Jesus' Son is dependent for its success on the portrayal of its central character. Billy Crudup, an actor who could easily be dismissed as a pretty boy, brings an almost palpable reality to every scene. He exhibits a total identification with the character and is able to project perfectly the inherent ambiguity that drives the entire story. Is F-Head putting everyone on? There are flashes of nearly poetic brilliance in his dialogue, mixed with befuddled inanity. He seems to live around his world, rather than within it; observing, but not always participating. Although one might wonder how someone with his lifestyle could have such perfect teeth, F'head as played by Crudup, is a beautiful, confused and confusing angel.

Other cast members are memorable as well. Samantha Morton, who made a huge impression in Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown, embodies the equally ambiguous persona of Michelle, who loves F'head, yet seeks to destroy herself. Dennis Leary effectively creates a man annihilated by his own life. The growing number of Jack Black fans will probably enjoy his over-the-top characterization, but to this viewer his George seems vaguely disturbing and threatening. Holly Hunter is the kind of performer who can bring a lot to a film with just a few lines. She plays a lovely crippled woman here with dignity and humor. Also excellent in their brief appearances are an understated Dennis Hopper and the vigorous Will Patton.

Typical of many period films dealing with young people , the soundtrack of "Jesus' Son" is loaded with contemporary popular songs. But the choices here seem carefully made. There is new material as well: a fine main theme written by Bob Dylan and the closing credits are supported by an absolutely superb song with a Woody Guthrie lyric, set to music and performed by Wilco.


12 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Don't Waste Your Time. feltchbm
Name of Main Character amishius
Jesus's, not Jesus', I can't respect the title jdavisjdavis
woman singing hurkedonphonax
Michelle's job? pixzey
unbelievable... HauntingAphrodite
Discuss Jesus' Son (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?