Hesher

Rated R 100 minutes 2011

Lonely kid gets mentored by stoner freak squatter. Prepare to laugh. Director Spencer Susser, with help from co-writer and Blue-Tongue Films stablemate David Michôd (Animal Kingdom), turns a tearful situation inside out with the story of eleven-year-old T.J. (Devin Brochu) and his new live-in life coach Hesher (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who helps the kid get over the death of his mother, the disintegration of his family, and their smog-coated environs, by lighting up a bong and snarfing mashed potatoes. None of the rest of the characters – Natalie Portman as T.J.’s other adult friend, Rainn Wilson as his grief-paralyzed dad, Brendan Hill as the bully – matters very much, although Piper Laurie excels as T.J.’s pixelated grandma. Gordon-Levitt, an amiably slack presence in films like Inception, gives his career a major jolt as foul-mouthed, tattooed Hesher, a 21st-century version of the tramp from Jean Renoir’s Boudu Saved from Drowning. (100 min.)

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Official Site: www.hesherthemovie.com

Director: Spencer Susser

Producer: Lucy Cooper, Matthew Weaver, Scott Prisand, Spencer Susser, Natalie Portman, Johnny Lin and Win Sheridan

Cast: Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rainn Wilson, Devin Brochu and Piper Laurie

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