MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 193 this week

Hesher (2010)

 -  Drama  -  25 June 2011 (Japan)
7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 38,141 users   Metascore: 45/100
Reviews: 95 user | 128 critic | 26 from Metacritic.com

A young boy has lost his mother and is losing touch with his father and the world around him. Then he meets Hesher who manages to make his life even more chaotic.

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $7.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 36 titles
created 06 Jan 2013
 
a list of 44 titles
created 17 Feb 2013
 
a list of 39 titles
created 30 Mar 2013
 
a list of 42 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 26 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Hesher" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Hesher (2010)

Hesher (2010) on IMDb 7.1/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Hesher.

User Polls

1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crossbow (2007)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A kid. His mum and dad. The sex and drugs. And the boy next door who watched the whole thing unravel.

Director: David Michôd
Stars: Cy Standen, Lisa Chappell, Joel Edgerton
Uncertainty (2008)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A young couple, in love and facing a life-changing decision, find one seemingly ordinary July 4th cleaved in two by the flip of a coin on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Directors: Scott McGehee, David Siegel
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lynn Collins, Assumpta Serna
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Tells the story of seventeen year-old J (Josh) as he navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him.

Director: David Michôd
Stars: James Frecheville, Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton
The Lookout (2007)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Chris is a once promising high school athlete whose life is turned upside down following a tragic accident. As he tries to maintain a normal life, he takes a job as a janitor at a bank, where he ultimately finds himself caught up in a planned heist.

Director: Scott Frank
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeff Daniels, Matthew Goode
Domino One (2005)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Nick Louvel
Stars: Nick Garrison, Ken Cheeseman, Steve Guttenberg
Short | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Jimbo is 13 and can think of only one girl -- Sarah Jane. And no matter what stands in his way-bullies, violence, chaos, or zombies-nothing will stop him from finding a way into her world.

Director: Spencer Susser
Stars: Brad Ashby, Mia Wasikowska, Vladimir Matovic
Free Zone (2005)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Two women embark on a road trip after they are brought together by circumstance. Rebecca (Portman) flees her hotel after a fight with her mother-in-law (Maura) and hails a taxi driven by Hanna (Lazlo).

Director: Amos Gitai
Stars: Natalie Portman, Hana Laszlo, Hiam Abbass
Elektra Luxx (2010)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Life for porn actress Elektra Luxx gets turned upside down when she finds out she's pregnant.

Director: Sebastian Gutierrez
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Carla Gugino, Ermahn Ospina
Big Breaks (2009)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Penny and Sam work for a notoriously mean spirited, selfish, and somewhat abusive big fish Hollywood producer, MJ Siegel. They run a day's worth of outrageous and demoralizing errands for ... See full summary »

Director: David Krumholtz
Stars: Amanda Young, Elizabeth Banks, Vanessa Britting
Manic (2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Lyle Jensen is subject to sudden and violent outbursts, and he is committed to the juvenile wing of the Northwood Mental Institution. Several other youths are there with a variety of ... See full summary »

Director: Jordan Melamed
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Bacall, Zooey Deschanel
Premium Rush (2012)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout the city.

Director: David Koepp
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez
Brothers I (2009)
Drama | Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young man comforts his older brother's wife and children after he goes missing in Afghanistan.

Director: Jim Sheridan
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Tobey Maguire
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
TJ
...
Paul
...
Grandma
...
...
...
Larry
...
Mom
...
Meryl
...
Coleen
...
Jack
...
Funeral Director
...
Angry Driver
...
Mrs. Rosowski
Paul Bates ...
Mr. Elsberry
Edit

Storyline

T.J., a high school freshman, lost his mother two months before in a car accident: his father pops pills and sits on the couch; his grandmother holds things together, chatting and cooking. T.J. wants the car back from the salvage yard where the owner's son is a bully. By happenstance, Hesher, a foul-mouthed squatter, moves in with T.J's family. T.J. also meets Nicole, a grocery clerk near poverty who helps him once. Hesher involves T.J. in crime, the bully is omnipresent, mom's car is slipping away, dad has checked out, T.J. watches Nicole at work, and his grandma invites him to join her morning walk: the odds are long that T.J. can assemble a family to help him thrive. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

car | bully | fire | squatter | van | See more »

Taglines:

Sometimes life gives you the finger and sometimes it gives you...

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent behavior, sexual content including graphic dialogue, pervasive language, and drug content - some in the presence of a child | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 June 2011 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Rebel  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$126,046 (USA) (13 May 2011)

Gross:

$382,946 (USA) (29 July 2011)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In the scene where Hesher criticizes T.J. for not taking walks with his grandmother, the man who he refers to that rapes old women was actually serial killer Albert DeSalvo, more commonly known as the "Boston Strangler." See more »

Goofs

TJ's cast in the opening scene switches between his left and right arm between shots. See more »

Quotes

Hesher: Do you think she shaves her pussy?
See more »

Connections

References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Motorbreath
Written by James Hetfield
Performed by Metallica
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Levitt is Brilliant
18 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"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. In doing so the family is able to climb out of the rut they are in and fill the void left by the passing of the mother with the idea that life goes on. The film takes a lot of time to get to this realization, but the time spent getting there is great fun to watch.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt impresses me more every time I see him. His portrayal of the careless, fowl mouthed, violent, heavy metal loving outsider that we have all known at some point in our lives is spot on. Levitt seemed to really engulf himself into this role, almost to the point where he wasn't acting and just being himself. Rain Wilson also impressed me. His feature films have generally been him re-hashing his role from "The Office" in various outrageous situations. This time he was genuine and proved to this reviewer that his range goes beyond the weird goofball we are used to seeing. Natalie Portman plays the small role of T.J.'s older love interest. She was good, but her role seemed more like filler than anything else. There is nothing wrong with that, her character just wasn't an important role to the story it seemed.

One of the best aspects of this film was the relationship between Hesher and the grandmother, Madeleine, played by Piper Laurie. Hesher sees how Madeleine is just wandering aimlessly while Paul and T.J. deal with their problems completely ignoring her needs. Hesher, I think finds something that reminds him of his own mother in Madeleine and shares some sweet moments with her. Fortunately for Hesher, the grandmother's age has left her with the ability to completely ignore the fact that Hesher is just a stranger intruding into their lives and ends up treating him like one of her own. This, I think is the turning point for Hesher and we see the change within him.

This film goes much deeper than what is on the surface. Director and writer Spencer Susser did an amazing job with keeping the underlying meanings hidden until the right time for them to come to fruition. Not once was I bored with what was going on and I couldn't wait to see what the next scene had to offer. With this being Susser's first feature film, I am excited to see what he has next in the pipeline. Make no mistake, there is some vial language in this film so it's not for those that will not be able to get past the offensiveness of it all. But as I said, underneath the chain-smoking jerk that is Hesher you will find a kind soul that needed the Forney family just as much as they needed him.


38 of 57 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Is Natalie Portman in everything these days? wvfilmmaker
Can Metllica sue over poster? PPerugini
Good movie, Joseph Gordon-Levitt nailed this role hitchhiker90
Visitor Q? perinwyr
Hesher's name derivation aptpupil79
Other actors who could play Hesher tingkagol
Discuss Hesher (2010) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?