I caught this movie as it was showing on HBO, and always wanted to see it. The movie is about a young boy, TJ, who just lost his mother in a car accident, and is having severe emotional problems trying to piece back his life. His father (Rainn Wilson) has become addicted to pain killers and sleeps all day, his aging grandmother (Piper Laurie) is showing signs of dementia, and he is constantly being tormented at school by a braces-clad bully. During one of the many outings by himself, he accidentally runs into a squatter, Hesher (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who then moves into TJ’s house with the pill popping father and grandmother with no intentions of leaving. During his stay, Hesher shakes up the lives of the small, desperate for change family, even at a cost. While living with the family, Hesher almost coaches the TJ how to deal with grief, how to properly talk to girls (more specifically the supermarket cashier played by Natalie Portman), and how to start living life again.
I am a huge fan of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, even as a kid in 3rd Rock from the Sun. He was also the awkward kid in 10 Things I Hate About You, and as recent as Inception and the highly anticipated The Dark Knight Rises. He’s definitely on the road to MAJOR STARDOM. If you are interested in seeing one of his best roles, Netflix “Brick.” Seriously, a great film, great acting by Josephy, and great writing (i’ll save the review of Brick for another time).