Life is a continuous cycle of change consisting of people, places and things. Sometimes during our journey we get stuck and need a catalyst of sorts to bring us out of our hole.
Enter "Hesher", a witty dark-comedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as Hesher, who is just that kick in the mouth the Forney family needs to cope with the loss of their leading lady. This film is definitely one that will entertain, as well as, surprise viewers to say the least. Let's take a closer look, as we Unhinge this unorthodox version of chicken soup for the soul.
T.J Forney(Brochu) is a little boy in the film that is taking the loss of his mother the hardest, so it seems. He just can't manage to get past her death, no matter how hard he tries. He's doing
poorly in school and has also become the favorite pincushion of a teenage bully named Dustin(Hill). T.J's fixation on his mother's death brings him into contact with some unusual people, mainly "Hesher". It's T.J's plight mixed in with Hesher's unique brand of comfort that keeps the story moving forward.
Now for the character of Hesher(Levitt), who is nothing short of a walking disaster, meets young T.J by chance in an abandoned home. Hesher is a man who likes his privacy and lives by his own twisted code of ethics. He doesn't take the fortuitous encounter as a wisp in the wind, he takes their meeting as moment of opportunity. It's not long after meeting the boy that he muscles his way into Forney home and becomes as permanent as gum in the rug. With T.J's dad, Paul(Rainin) emotionally unavailable to restore order to his home, Hesher begins to heal the Forney family through chaos.
"Hesher" is one of those films that will shock you all the way through as you watch Hesher's bizarre interactions with the people and environments around him. Even with T.J being the focal point of the movie, it's Hesher's 'Just don't give a phuck" attitude that brings dark humor into this otherwise depressing tale. There are a few other stars in the film such as Natalie Portman, who plays Nicole, a young lady that is a welcome distraction for T.J, but even this union adds more drama to his young existence. So with all the chaotic events unfolding in T.J's life, is there anyway he can finally come to terms with his mother's death?
Spencer Susser directed and co-wrote this little known indie which has received both positive and negative reviews. On one hand, "Hesher" is a witty film with humorous moments and on the other it's a serious film without true closure at the end. Here at Unhinged Reviews, we appreciate each unique cinematic experience for what it actually is and that is entertainment. So if you looking for a mature movie that has some shocking, yet borderline disturbing content, "Hesher" is for you. If your looking for a movie to watch on Saturday night with your mother, then you'll probably want to watch something lighter like "Wreck-It-Ralph" or "Life Of Pi".
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