Hesher first premiered at Sundance 2010 over a year ago, and was quickly picked up by Newmarket Films. Since then, Joseph-Gordon Levitt upped his star status to Inception level, and Natalie Portman is a newly minted Oscar nominee. But it’s taken awhile for Hesher, directed by Spencer Susser, to get to the screen. Perhaps because of the rough subject material: Gordon-Levitt plays an apathetic loner pyromaniac who inserts himself into the life of T.J. (Devin Brochu), a young boy that moved into his grandma’s house with his father (Rainn Wilson) after T.J.’s mother died. Heavy stuff — not the easiest sell.
However, if this new trailer is any indication, Hesher is at least worth a look as a major showcase for Mr. Gordon-Levitt. Watch it after the break.
A teenager and his father are forced to move in with the boy’s grandmother after the sudden and tragic death of their mother/wife.