T.J., a high school freshman, lost his mother two months before in a car accident: his father pops pills and sits on the couch; his grandmother holds things together, chatting and cooking. T.J. wants the car back from the salvage yard where the owner's son is a bully. By happenstance, Hesher, a foul-mouthed squatter, moves in with T.J's family. T.J. also meets Nicole, a grocery clerk near poverty who helps him once. Hesher involves T.J. in crime, the bully is omnipresent, mom's car is slipping away, dad has checked out, T.J. watches Nicole at work, and his grandma invites him to join her morning walk: the odds are long that T.J. can assemble a family to help him thrive. Written by
In the pool scene, Hesher asks R2 to shut down all the trash compactors. This refers to R2-D2 from Star Wars. Director Spencer Susser also directed a TV special short, R2-D2: Beneath the Dome (2001), and, of course, Natalie Portman played Queen Amidala in three Star Wars movies. See more »
The cuts on TJ's face from the wrecking yard are on his left side when he falls and leaves, but he has them on his left side and they're already done scabbing and look like scars when Nicole (Natalie Portman) shows up at TJ's house the next day to apologize. See more »
I saw Hesher at a "sneak peek" that a friend asked me to (being a fan of Hesher style music, I was a natural invite). Of course I loved the soundtrack, but the movie is great without the music. Hesher is a person that we have all known at some point in our lives (or have been at some point in our lives). He has problems but is trying to help those around them with their lives. From the boy who is one step shy of being an orphan to the young woman who suffers from very low self esteem, people look to Hesher for help and he delivers. His assistance may not be exactly what was expected, but it is helpful and does make for an entertaining and thoughtful movie.
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