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First trailer for Hesher starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Natalie Portman, and Rainn Wilson is now online

02.21.2011by:

Where the hell has HESHER been? The indie flick starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Natalie Portman, Rainn Willson, and young lad Devin Brochu premiered last year at Sundance to somewhat mixed word of mouth. Our own Chris Bumbray dug it a lot, however, and the delay in exhibition has primarily been attributed to internal issues at Newmarket Films (the house that bought HESHER after its Sundance premiere).

In any case, a proper release is back on track and now the first trailer has appeared online, showcasing long-haired anarchist JGL, a homely-looking Natalie Portman, and the always great Rainn Wilson in a refreshingly serious turn.

HESHER will play next month at SXSW and is due to hit screens sometime in April.

Synopsis: Loud music. Pornography. Burning shit to the ground. These are a few of Hesher's favorite things. And they are what Hesher (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) brings into the lives of TJ (Devin Brochu) and his father Paul (Rainn Wilson) when he takes up residence in their garage uninvited. Grief-stricken by the loss of TJ's mother in a car accident, Paul can't muster the strength to evict the strange squatter, and soon the long-haired, tattooed Hesher becomes a fixture in the household. Like a force of nature, Hesher's anarchy shakes the family out of their grief and helps them embrace life once more.

Extra Tidbit: Lots of success and notoriety has come to Portman and Levitt since the making of HESHER, which should help the film earn a few extra bucks.

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12:11AM on 02/22/2011
That looked damn good!
That looked damn good!
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12:09AM on 02/22/2011
That looked damn good!
That looked damn good!
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10:09PM on 02/21/2011

Not Official

Rainn Willson tweeted that this wasn't the official trailer so calm down on the editing.
Rainn Willson tweeted that this wasn't the official trailer so calm down on the editing.
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3:32PM on 02/21/2011
This trailer is about the same quality as the ones I saw during my high school video editing days. I hope the film is fantastic, but the trailer definitely could have used some work.
This trailer is about the same quality as the ones I saw during my high school video editing days. I hope the film is fantastic, but the trailer definitely could have used some work.
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1:33PM on 02/21/2011
I'm not sure where all the positive feedback is coming from for this movie and why, because even though I was looking forward to this movie for what seems like forever (JGL and Portman hooked me in, for starters), I saw it recently and don't think I've ever enjoyed a movie less.

It's really awful, and I was really mad at how much I ended up hating it. Maybe you'll have to see it to believe it, but it's A) horribly written B) cornily acted and C) incredibly pointless

I get what they were
I'm not sure where all the positive feedback is coming from for this movie and why, because even though I was looking forward to this movie for what seems like forever (JGL and Portman hooked me in, for starters), I saw it recently and don't think I've ever enjoyed a movie less.

It's really awful, and I was really mad at how much I ended up hating it. Maybe you'll have to see it to believe it, but it's A) horribly written B) cornily acted and C) incredibly pointless

I get what they were trying to do with the character Hesher, but it didn't work. At all.

I can't, for the life of me, figure out why these two actors thought that this was the kind of small movie they should be supporting when there are so many better potential ones out there by better filmmakers.
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12:57PM on 02/21/2011

Looks Great...

But please, NO MORE PORTMAN!! For the love of GOD or Allah or whatever respective idol you choose! Go away!

Thumbs down commence!
But please, NO MORE PORTMAN!! For the love of GOD or Allah or whatever respective idol you choose! Go away!

Thumbs down commence!
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12:11AM on 02/22/2011
I am simply curious, do you hate her, or are you just tried of her being in everything recently?
I am simply curious, do you hate her, or are you just tried of her being in everything recently?
11:16AM on 02/21/2011

had such high hopes for this film

But this movie looks terrible, the second half of the trailer is cut like a highlight reel a really bad sign. Guess I will be watching this movie on netflix streaming one night when I am bored and come across this movie.
But this movie looks terrible, the second half of the trailer is cut like a highlight reel a really bad sign. Guess I will be watching this movie on netflix streaming one night when I am bored and come across this movie.
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11:11AM on 02/21/2011
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11:10AM on 02/21/2011
There's really nothing about this movie that hasn't sold me, but if there's anything that's going to get there on opening day, it's seeing Rain Wilson. I never would have thought he could pull off playing a serious character, let alone that he does it really well according to some of the reviews.
There's really nothing about this movie that hasn't sold me, but if there's anything that's going to get there on opening day, it's seeing Rain Wilson. I never would have thought he could pull off playing a serious character, let alone that he does it really well according to some of the reviews.
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9:22AM on 02/21/2011
This looks great. Watched the trailer twice.

Always excited for a new Joseph Gordon Levitt movie.
This looks great. Watched the trailer twice.

Always excited for a new Joseph Gordon Levitt movie.
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8:57AM on 02/21/2011
This may be pretty weird but I find that nerdy look Natalie Portman has in this movie pretty hott
This may be pretty weird but I find that nerdy look Natalie Portman has in this movie pretty hott
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11:12AM on 02/21/2011
That girl can never be anything but look hot. No matter how hard they try to make her look normal it's impossible.
That girl can never be anything but look hot. No matter how hard they try to make her look normal it's impossible.
11:16AM on 02/21/2011
No matter how hard they try to make her look normal Natalie can look nothing but hot.
No matter how hard they try to make her look normal Natalie can look nothing but hot.
8:48AM on 02/21/2011

green cuz the movie looks great, BUT...

... but can someone PLEASE put a potential spoiler warning before the trailer because its filled with footage that anybody with half a brain will immediately know everything that happens in the film. I mean the entire second half of the trailer shows you EVERYTHING.
Im not saying you messed up or anything George, but i think it would be really nice if you could maybe edit in a disclaimer.

this film is really something interesting and different and its a shame that they reveal so much in
... but can someone PLEASE put a potential spoiler warning before the trailer because its filled with footage that anybody with half a brain will immediately know everything that happens in the film. I mean the entire second half of the trailer shows you EVERYTHING.
Im not saying you messed up or anything George, but i think it would be really nice if you could maybe edit in a disclaimer.

this film is really something interesting and different and its a shame that they reveal so much in their own trailer :-(

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JGL is the man and its great to see him in more and more films
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5:43AM on 02/21/2011
I saw the film at Sundance as well. Fuck the mixed reviews, its a REALLY good movie! I'm surprised it hasn't been released sooner, but maybe they were waiting all along for Natalie Portman to hit Oscar gold?
I saw the film at Sundance as well. Fuck the mixed reviews, its a REALLY good movie! I'm surprised it hasn't been released sooner, but maybe they were waiting all along for Natalie Portman to hit Oscar gold?
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