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Hit So Hard (2011)

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A documentary that follows Hole drummer Patty Schemel as she struggles with fame and addiction.


P. David Ebersole
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patty Schemel ... Herself
Courtney Love ... Herself
Eric Erlandson ... Himself
Melissa Auf der Maur ... Herself
Kurt Cobain ... Himself (archive footage)
Kristen Pfaff Kristen Pfaff ... Herself (archive footage)
Larry Schemel Larry Schemel ... Himself
Gina Schock Gina Schock ... Herself
Debbi Peterson ... Herself
Kate Schellenbach Kate Schellenbach ... Herself
Nina Gordon ... Herself
Roddy Bottum ... Himself
Joe Mama-Nitzberg Joe Mama-Nitzberg ... Himself
Phranc Phranc ... Herself
Sarah Vowell ... Herself


HIT SO HARD follows the journey of Patty Schemel, the openly gay drummer of Courtney Love's seminal rock band 'Hole.' As a young girl who always knew she was 'different' from the other kids in her farm town home outside of Seattle, Patty never dreamed she would one day have her picture on the cover of 'Rolling Stone.' But she also never fathomed that she could lose it all. A true survivor of what we now know was the disaffected 'slacker' generation, Patty found herself, like her friend Kurt Cobain, embraced by the dark side. Written by Anonymous

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The Life & Near Death Story of Patty Schemel


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Release Date:

16 November 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hit So Hard: Школа жизни Патти Шемель See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,174, 27 April 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,402, 10 June 2012
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Besides Patty Schemel's own home movies, extensive archival footage and production materials were provided by Courtney Love, Eric Erlandson and Larry Schemel. See more »


Courtney Love: Someone once said that Nirvana attracted everybody that'd ever been through a broken home. My niche is a lot more specific. It's a lot of females and a lot of gay guys and a few advanced, evolved heterosexual men. Not many but there're a few out there.
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Doll Parts
Written by Courtney Love
Performed by Hole
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Feature documentary on Patty Schemel, drummer for rock band "Hole", and the struggles of fame, drugs, and coming out.
19 May 2011 | by jbrannumSee all my reviews

"Hit So Hard", directed by the gifted and multi-faceted filmmaker, P. David Ebersole, chronicles the life of one of rock's most talented drummers, Patty Schemel, of the band "Hole". Great archival footage with thoughtful structure pulls in all the elements that make this film an amazing rock doc.

The interviews are solid, funny, and touching with voices that are rarely seen on camera - such as a comprehensive section on female drummers. There is, of course, just a touch of super rare footage of Kurt and Courtney's but just as it relates to Patty. The film does a wonderful job of keeping the focus on Patty without venturing into the usual suspects. We gain insight on what it was like to come out as a gay teen and later as a gay musician in the limelight. Patty's mother and brother add sentimental stories that connect you to Patty's complexity.

So personal and layered, it will leave you feeling so satisfied. Highly recommend!

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