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MOVIE REVIEW: Gordon-Levitt Proves His Acting Range in Dark ‘Hesher’

May 13, 2011

Take a minute and tally up the number of people who started out as child movie actors and went on to equal or greater success as adults. There’s Jodie Foster, Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Ben Affleck (sort of) and the recently deceased Jackie Cooper.

Making such a transition from TV to film is tougher and that list is even shorter. You’ve got Leonardo DiCaprio, Jason Bateman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Coincidentally, DiCaprio and Gordon-Levitt appeared together in last year’s multi-Oscar-nominated “Inception.”

If you can’t quite picture Gordon-Levitt, you’re not alone. Remember “Third Rock from the Sun”? That was the biggest of the three TV shows he was in and the one where he acted principally with very seasoned adults.

As the title character in “Hesher,” Gordon-Levitt is the grown-up (at least biologically) acting opposite the pre-teen T.J. (Devin Brochu), a young man trying to deal with a recent loss, his depressed, over-medicated father (Rainn Wilson), a loopy grandmother (Piper Laurie) and a bully intent on maiming if not outright killing him. Read More