Hesher - Ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh This one really annoyed me, because it's one of those cases where it feels like a bad movie wrapped in a good movie. Or vice versa, I don't know. As far as the production, performances, and bare bones narrative, I can't really fault it. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is great in the titular role, adding yet another dimension to his acting repertoire - this time as "the unredeemable scum****." Rainn Wilson is extremely believable as the deadbeat dad who has utterly lost control of his life (sweet beard too). Natalie Portman is Natalie Portman. The kid who plays the main character is... really good at playing a whiny little shit? Which brings me to the movie's crucial flaw: I hate all of these characters and don't give a solitary shit what happens to any of them. This is a problem because the movie obviously wants you to care, or at least wants you to find your way to caring by its conclusion. The better part of the movie is spent examining just how dreadful and loathsome a character can be while also hinting at some kind of redeeming characteristics... without ever actually exploring them. Basically, Hesher is a terrible c*nt who occasionally almost just about says or does something right, but usually doesn't. But then, at some indeterminate point (I lost track), the movie does an about face and decides that he's meant to be the wise mentor character or something. Then it ends with one of the most ham-fisted, phoned-in pieces of sanctimonious profundity I've ever seen, and I hold my head in my hands and wonder why I didn't listen to the voice in my head telling me to just give it up at the half hour mark. Uggggghhhhhh.