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Jesus' Son
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by Stephen Groenewegen

2 stars

Jesus' Son, directed by New Zealander Alison Maclean, is based on the short stories of Denis Johnson. The short story origins go a long way to explaining the movie's patchy feel.

Billy Crudup is christened FH (Fuck Head) by his mates because of his propensity to foul up everyone and everything he comes across. The common link in most of FH's otherwise random misadventures is Michelle (Samantha Morton), a junkie he meets at a party and falls in love with. It's a bare thread to hang the film on, but Morton manages to centre things for a while. She gives the film's liveliest performance, making Michelle a lot more interesting than FH and the other eccentrics he meets (played by the likes of Denis Leary, Dennis Hopper and Holly Hunter in cameo roles).

Drug taking is not a spectator sport, and watching the semi-dazed FH wander wintry America in the early 1970s quickly becomes tiresome. We've seen this sort of material too often in independent American features for it to be fresh, and Maclean's fluid direction and ability with actors cannot disguise the episodic nature of the material. FH veers from boring to downright unlikeable, and I didn't care much about him or his potential redemption.

Not helping was my failure to connect with the grotesque humour. There's only so many laughs you can wring from squashed animal foetuses and a man with a hunting knife stuck in his eye.

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User Comments

6/26/11 John Airey very good performance 4 stars
8/06/10 Heather! My 2nd favorite film of all time! I don't understand why it was never more well-known. 5 stars
3/28/07 fools♫gold There seem to be unexplained things, notably towards the beginning. But, damn is it unique! 5 stars
10/18/06 Akeem Durosomo A great film of the decade! 4 stars
1/12/06 j.f. i don't feel the junky love. solid actors, story? what story? humor? if you're stoned? 1 stars
9/05/04 Shawn Biblical Allegory? No! Allusion to Velvet Underground Song Heroin? Yes! 4 stars
4/20/04 A F Euphoric look at the decent into drugs, as opposed to the dark and often disgusting. 5 stars
12/30/03 Samuel great film, Jack Black was hilarious, and Billy Crudup did an excellent job!! 4 stars
12/05/03 Millard Fillmore Me rikey. 4 stars
10/06/03 sarah onlyfor oldies 4 stars
7/28/03 Phil M. Aficionado Crudup is amazing, and the story... well not amazing but OK. 4 stars
6/16/03 Jack Sommersby One of 2000's very best films. Crudup is a revelation. 5 stars
10/18/02 carrot ( lots of great symbolism in this movie... it's about more than just drugs and addiction. 5 stars
9/27/02 rob excellent performances. 5 stars
6/09/02 Phil M. Aficionado The full range of emotions with a sweet/sour/funny/sad/compelling/repulsive soul 5 stars
3/11/02 Melina jesus pleae 1 stars
2/14/02 Bob Marley yeaaaaaaa it's a gaaaaayyyyyyy mooooooooooovvvvvvvviiiiiiieeeeeeee :D :D :D 1 stars
9/06/01 SLICK I believe Palahniuk owes a lot to Denis Johnson & tha film, brilliant but drawn out a bit! 4 stars
9/06/01 Reini Urban Only for younger folks. 3 stars
8/06/01 daniel good movie, some really great parts. samantha morton is a truly amazing actress. 4 stars
2/10/01 Asbury Park Great film. Crudup is phenomenal, reminds me of Sean Penn at his best only better!! 5 stars
9/28/00 Slacker charm Reminiscent of Holden Caulfied 5 stars
9/25/00 The Bomb 69 great performances, average storyline 4 stars
9/20/00 Jeff Crudup is good, the film is blah. 3 stars
9/02/00 Tom The best film I've seen this year. Excellent performances by Crudup and Morton. 5 stars
7/17/00 PJ One of the best films of 2000, great performances, original, beautiful, funny, excellant 5 stars
7/16/00 Losifer entertaining, but you won't miss anything by not watching it. 3 stars
6/29/00 pipeman Has fun moments. Peters out at the end, unfortunately. 4 stars
6/29/00 J At least it was free when I saw it. 3 stars
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