Release Date: May 13, 2011
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Devin
Brochu, Natalie Portman, Rainn
Wilson, Piper Laurie
Runtime: 105 minutes
Distributor: Wrekin Hill Entertainment
Director: Spencer Susser
Executive Producer: Scot Armstrong, Marc Bell,
Wayne Chang, Ian Fruchtman,
Jerry Fruchtman, Peter
Fruchtman, Aleen Keshishian,
Scott Kluge, Jay Rifkin,
Michael Roban, Annette
Savitch, Jonathan Weisgal,
Producer: Lucy Cooper, Natalie Portman,
Scott Prisand, Win Sheridan,
Spencer Susser, Matt Weaver
Writer: Spencer Susser & David Michod,
Brian Charles Frank
Address Comments To:Chris Ball, CEO/President, Wreckin Hill Entertainment
10685 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: (310) 470-3131; Fax: (310) 470-3132
A 13-year-old boy named T.J. stumbles across him while Hesher is staying in a house under construction. Hesher angrily confronts him for drawing the attention of security and begins to stalk the boy. He finds out where the boy lives with his grandmother and his father, who, like the boy, is grief-stricken over the car-crash death of the wife and mother a couple of months before. The boy wants to save the wrecked vehicle as a reminder of his mom. When his father sells it to a junkyard, the boy winds up arguing with the junkyard owner’s son, who bullies him repeatedly throughout the rest of the movie.
Hesher threatens T.J. into letting him stay in his house and starts turning everyone’s life upside down with his bad attitude and destructiveness. Hesher’s extremely skewed sense of friendship and morality causes him to avenge T.J. against the bully by taking the boy to the bully’s house, dousing the bully’s car in gasoline and setting it ablaze. T.J. gets questioned by the police and fingerprinted for the incident. He also discovers Hesher having sexual relations with the female cashier he fancies. So, T.J. demands that Hesher leaves for good.
[SPOEILERS] The grandmother dies. Hesher appears unexpectedly at the somber ceremony to deliver a drunken, angry, vile eulogy that is still intended to show he cared for the old lady in his own odd way. Ultimately, Hesher says the grandmother always loved taking walks, so he pushes her casket out of the funeral home and into the streets outside, as the boy and his father run after him and join him in pushing the casket. This incident inspires the father to shave his beard, get out of the house and stop his wallowing in misery. In the end, he awakens T.J. to show him that Hesher left them the crushed vehicle from their accident as a token of affection for the boy before disappearing forever.
HESHER wants to be an edgy character study that screams its independent-movie roots, but it utterly fails trying to contain any real entertainment value because it’s lacking any charm or characters truly worth caring about. Everyone just wallows in self-pity or argues loudly with each other. Also, Hesher’s utterly destructive and non-stop parade of misbehavior makes the movie downright unpleasant to watch and likely to bomb big-time. This movie has no respect for traditional behavior and values, and little for the dead. If you consider seeing HESHER, consider yourself forewarned that you’re in for an utterly miserable experience.
HESHER wants to be an edgy character study that screams its independent movie roots, but it utterly fails to have much entertainment value, because it lacks any charm or characters truly worth caring about. Everyone just wallows in self-pity or argues loudly with one another. Also, Hesher’s utterly destructive and non-stop parade of misbehavior is downright unpleasant to watch. HESHER has numerous scenes of violence, mayhem, destruction, and obscenity.