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A young boy has lost his mother and is losing touch with his father and the world around him. Then he meets Hesher who manages to make his life even more chaotic.

Director:

Spencer Susser
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Hesher
Devin Brochu ... TJ
Rainn Wilson ... Paul
Piper Laurie ... Grandma
Natalie Portman ... Nicole
Brendan Hill ... Dustin
John Carroll Lynch ... Larry
Monica Staggs ... Mom
Mary Elizabeth Barrett ... Meryl
Audrey Wasilewski ... Coleen
Lyle Kanouse ... Jack
Frank Collison ... Funeral Director
Van Epperson ... Angry Driver
Helen Slayton-Hughes ... Mrs. Rosowski
Paul Bates ... Mr. Elsberry
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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Sometimes life gives you the finger and sometimes it gives you...

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 2012 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Juventude em Fúria See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$126,046, 15 May 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$382,946, 31 July 2011
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Natalie Portman wore two pairs of underwear at the same time for her role. See more »

Goofs

After a fender-bender, Nicole is unable to start her car. We can see that her front bumper is detached and one side is resting on the street. So Hesher gives her a ride. But after she walks back to her car, it starts and runs with no problems. See more »

Quotes

Hesher: Where's the laundry room?
T.J.: My dad's gonna be home soon
Hesher: Where's the laundry room?
T.J.: Why?
Hesher: Have you ever been skull-fucked?
T.J.: No
Hesher: Would you like to be?
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Connections

References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Rock Out
Written by Lemmy (as Lemmy Kilmister)
Performed by Motörhead
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F**king amazing!
3 August 2011 | by Dainius8888See all my reviews

Seriously, I was not expecting this movie to be great. Somehow, when I saw the trailer, I knew I would enjoy it, but I definitely wasn't ready for what was to come. And that huge surprise made it even more amazing for me.

The movie is a drama about life with amusing bits of humor. About pain. About letting go and moving on. And as many good movies as there are, based on the same or similar ideas,this one really stands out. The reason for that is the VERY original element in the movie - the character - Hesher. He is a totally typical metal head, who doesn't give a rat's ass about anything. It's all about beer, sex and rock & roll for him. So you can imagine how impossible it seems for such a character to be someone's guru. And here he is exactly that. And if that doesn't sound impressive, then I don't know what does. It really is enjoyable to see a little kid learn about life from the experience being together with a metal-head, who doesn't play by anyone's rules but his own. And throughout the whole movie this crazy character never says anything even remotely polite or appropriate, always swears, and makes a lot of comments based on sex or violence, etc. So, in a way, his character is absolutely unique for both his absolute imperfection, and his ability to enlighten people in the most absurd way possible. And Joseph Gordon-Levitt did a fantastic job portraying him. This is, by far, one of his greatest performance's. Natalie Portman, on the other hand, this time did not shine as she does in most of her roles. But this is only because her character is not so important and dynamic and gets little on screen time. Because her acting IS flawless, as always, just that this time there was no way to really express her performing abilities here. And it's absolutely wonderful to see how the main character 'T.J.' is superbly portrayed by Devin Brochu, in my opinion,- a star waiting to get spotted.

It's beautiful for the drama. It's cool and funny for the insane character - Hesher. It's important for it's message. I definitely recommend this, especially to people, who are in need of comforting and are searching for a break.


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