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Loud music. Pornography. Burning **** to the ground. These are a few of Hesher's favorite things. And they are what Hesher (Joseph Gordon Levitt) brings into the lives of TJ (Devin Brochu) and his father, Paul (Rainn Wilson) when he takes up residence in their garage uninvited. Grief-stricken by the loss of TJ's mother in a car accident, Paul can't muster the strength to evict the strange squatter, and soon the long-haired, tattooed Hesher becomes a fixture in the household. Like a force of nature, Hesher's anarchy shakes the family out of their grief and helps them embrace… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Happily, Hesher never lays things out too clearly. Just as you never know where he came from, it's hard to grasp where he's going, or even what he's doing in the moment. But you know he fits somewhere. And that's satisfaction enough."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Bad role models sometimes make the most interesting movie characters."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"An unlikeable main character and a weak narrative flow turn Hesher into a mediocre film."
‑ Amy Curtis, We Got This Covered
"Powered by a character at once original and representational, Hesher courses with a unique verve missing in many independent productions, hovering somewhere between outright success and 'interesting failure.'"
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"While it arrives decorated with cooler hair and a louder soundtrack, it still sticks to the "Unusual Outsider Teaches Middle-Class People What It Means to Really Live" template."
‑ Dave White, Movies.com
"Gordon-Levitt is a sly and inventive actor, and it can be genuinely fun to watch him having so much fun. But this character wears out his welcome fast."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Unlike many films that hope to be called black comedy, it does not skimp on either the black or the comedy."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Fortunately, there's enough humor in all this to counteract the exploitation of weird logic and audacious coincidence."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"Since [Gordon-Levitt's] one of the most energetic and inventive young actors in the business, you can't take your eyes off him. Unfortunately, the quality of the material makes you wish you could."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Gordon-Levitt ... gets to play the opposite of his usual put-upon nice-guy roles - and he runs with it, to the point of making Hesher downright scary a lot of the time. The rest of the cast keeps up with him, in their less flashy roles."
‑ Andy Klein, Brand X
"Rather than a character rooted in some sort of reality -- social, satirical, psychological, take your pick -- Hesher is an abstract notion animated by false energy."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"When the blessed credits finally roll, the first thing Susser shows us is Hesher's tattoo of a raised middle finger. Backatcha, dude."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Susser cowrote the script, which relies on moments of profanity and impulsive violence to elicit terse little laughs and a melodramatic backstory to signal emotional resonance."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"Headbangs straight into your heart."
‑ Grae Drake, Movies.com
"The strength of Hesher is its acting. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is back to drawing on his natural power as an actor. He's skilled at creating absorbing human trainwrecks."
‑ Tony Macklin, tonymacklin.net
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