Tomorrow’s New Film Releases: Highlights
Hesher dir. Spencer Susser
Hesher is one of this year’s hits at the Sundance Film Festival, which at this point has strayed pretty far from its roots way back when Robert Redford started it in the ’80s and become far more high profile. The film stars Joseph Gorden-Levitt, now an indie mainstay, as Hesher, some sort of Heavy Metal stoner dude who crashes in the garage of a suburban, strip mall kind of family. He takes young TJ, who is grieving the recent loss of his mother, under his wing. Natalie Portman, who also produced the film, plays a clerk with big, plastic glasses that make her look really cute.
I’m certainly skeptical about Hesher; I haven’t seen many especially compelling films come out of Sundance in a long time, mostly because many of the hits there all seem like versions of basically the same movie. It’s almost as if “Sundance” has become a genre in itself, and as with many generic movies, there tend to be more bad examples than good. But I want Hesher to be good, because a well-executed Sundancy film can be a real treat.
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