The Film Stage have a C+ review up and it really is beginning to look like Hesher is the ultimate mixed film, with a lot of people finding that they love elements of the film while other aspects don’t work for them at all. This review definitely falls into that camp.
After seeing Hesher, directed by Spencer Susser, I can completely understand why it’s been making the festival rounds for a year and a half without a proper theatrical release: it’s weird as hell. A story about grief and loss and a central character so out there and cartoonishly crazy, it doesn’t ever really mix together in a real way. And while I found myself loving performances and moments, I never loved the film as a whole.
That said, when it’s funny, it’s really funny, and when it’s sad, it’ll make you tear up. It’s just not balanced.