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Hesher

  • Rated R
  • HD and SD formats available

comedy


Loud music. Pornography. Lighting fires. These are a few of Hesher's favorite things. And they are what Hesher brings into the lives of TJ, and his father Paul when he takes up residence in the garage uninvited.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    54%
  • Audience Score
    61%

common sense

NOT FOR KIDS 0
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
4 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
4 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Coming-of-age dramedy is too dark, edgy for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that HESHER is a very bleak, dark comedy/drama set in a grimy Southern California suburb, in some unspecified time near the present (there are no computers or cell phones on view). It deals with a grieving father and 13 year-old son after the death of the boy's mother. Into this family comes Hesher, a mysterious, long-haired metalhead with bad habits who eventually provides some perspective. The movie is filled with wall-to-wall foul language and graphic sexual innuendo (as well as some sexual images), and a somewhat negative attitude toward women. There is also some violence and general destruction, as well as cigarettes, beer-drinking, and pot-smoking. Nearly all of this occurs near or revolves around the 13 year-old. Parents should think twice before allowing any kids or teens to see this unsupervised.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Hesher's behavior. What might cause him to smoke, drink, destroy things, talk about sex, and do other iffy things? Does he have a good side? What kind of role model is he?
  • What are the consequences of having 13-year-old T.J. be exposed to Hesher and his actions? What kind of effect does it have on him? How does he deal with his troubles? How does he deal with the bully at school?
  • What are the movie's messages? Are they clear amid the characters' behavior?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    54%
    reviews counted: 6
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  • Audience

    61%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Gordon-Levitt's Hesher is raw destruction and aggro comedy punctuated with a blast of crunching metal.

- Amy Nicholson, Boxoffice Magazine, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fresh: exactly the kind of film I was hoping I'd see at Sundance

- Chris Bumbray, JoBlo's Movie Emporium, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fresh: It manages to succeed with a pastiche of great casting and an unapologetic slant towards being anti-touchy-feely. Until it needs to be.

- Erik Childress, Cinematical, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

2 stars

This is the story of a dirty, dangerous, downright psychotic and unpedictable metalhead named Hesher who starts squatting in the living room of a family wrecked by grief over the death of a loved one. It's really about the bullied boy TJ, and how Hesher makes his life worse, but could perhaps be helping him, though the way he goes about doing this is just vulgar, nuts, and unconventional. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is awesome as Hesher. It's the kind of performance that reallly allows a performer to cut loose and just do something really out there. It's a great performance, though it feels like the film is mostly relying on him to carry it. That's kinda the biggest issue with the film. It's got some great ideas and a cool concept, but the way it is done leaves a lot to be desired. The other performances are good, however, they're all underwritten, even Hesher. It would have been better had there been more backstory and depth with the characters,because they deserve to have more known about them. I was torn on how to rate this one. It does have the script issues, and it does start to fall apart towards the end, yet, Levitt is awesome, there's some crazy stuff on display, and it's really not all that predictable at times. It can be uncomfortable at times, but it does come around in the end. I'll just give it the benefit of the doubt and give it a mild pass, though it really does need some work.

- cosmo313, Friday, December 7, 2012

2 stars

This is the story of a dirty, dangerous, downright psychotic and unpedictable metalhead named Hesher who starts squatting in the living room of a family wrecked by grief over the death of a loved one. It's really about the bullied boy TJ, and how Hesher makes his life worse, but could perhaps be helping him, though the way he goes about doing this is just vulgar, nuts, and unconventional. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is awesome as Hesher. It's the kind of performance that reallly allows a performer to cut loose and just do something really out there. It's a great performance, though it feels like the film is mostly relying on him to carry it. That's kinda the biggest issue with the film. It's got some great ideas and a cool concept, but the way it is done leaves a lot to be desired. The other performances are good, however, they're all underwritten, even Hesher. It would have been better had there been more backstory and depth with the characters,because they deserve to have more known about them. I was torn on how to rate this one. It does have the script issues, and it does start to fall apart towards the end, yet, Levitt is awesome, there's some crazy stuff on display, and it's really not all that predictable at times. It can be uncomfortable at times, but it does come around in the end. I'll just give it the benefit of the doubt and give it a mild pass, though it really does need some work.

- cosmo313, Friday, December 7, 2012

3 stars

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- Saxia, Wednesday, December 5, 2012