Hesher was brought to me by a friend who thought I would enjoy it.
Although it DOES have it's flaws, I can oddly relate to this film.
Lets start with the flaws. This film is so funny in the fact that the entire time Hesher is this badass, no rules, looking out for only me kind of character but eventually and at random times turns into this guy who is like all knowing, and caring individual. Pick which kind of person Hesher is, please. Regardless of this fact, when he IS portrayed as a caring individual, he does it in the right way by comparing the big situation to a story he has, in which the story is usually silly and completely hilarious.
Another flaw in this film is Natalie Portman's character. Nicole was completely unnecessary, to the point of being painful. I can see if she had a bigger role in the film, but overall except for the obvious situation she gets involved in, has no huge factor in this movie. Why did they hire a big time actress like Natalie to do this role? I have no idea. Nicole also was suppose to look in her early 20's when she looked like she was pushing 30.
Finally the last thing I hated about this film is that T.J never gets a break. Ever. In real life if someone his age had to go through everything T.J. did in this film they would be emotionally scarred for the rest of their life. It's almost painful how much you just wish something good would happen to this poor kid.
Ok now some good points. The story was overall great. I love the grandmother character, which makes this movie great. She reminded me of my grandmother, which made me sad, but also made me relate.
Another reason I can relate (and the biggest reason why I love this movie) is because I have friends who are EXACTLY like Hesher. Even appearance. I kinda flipped my lid a little when I saw Hesher for the first time because a list of people who are exactly like him popped in my head. It brought me back to late night parties when I was 17, hanging out with the bad ass kids, staying up till 5am getting drunk, rowdy and spraying graffiti all over buildings in the small town I live in. I loved Hesher's spirit.
That being said I must give applause to Joseph Gordon - Levitt and Rainn Wilson for their awesome performances in this film