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Hit So Hard (2012)



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As grunge took off, the music industry was completely transformed in a way nobody expected... especially the young musicians who went from tiny shared Seattle apartments to international superstardom, sometimes overnight. Some handled it well... and some did not. As the acclaimed drummer of Courtney Love's seminal rock band Hole, Patty Schemel was right in the middle of all of it. The openly gay woman who always felt "different" never dreamed she would be part of a multi-platinum selling band, touring with legends, or on the cover of Rolling Stone. Or that, thanks to drug addiction, she could lose it all. Hit So Hard tells the story of Patty's rise to fame (and nearly fatal fall from it), with no punches pulled... and it's one hell of a story. -- (C) Variancemore
Rating: Unrated (adult situations/language, nudity)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary
Directed By:
Written By: P. David Ebersole, Todd Hughes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 5, 2012
Box Office: $30.4k
Variance Films/Well Go USA - Official Site


Patty Schemel
as Patty Schemel
Courtney Love
as Courtney Love
Eric Erlandson
as Eric Erlandson
Kurt Cobain
as Kurt Cobain
Debbi Peterson
as Debbi Peterson
Larry Schemel
as Larry Schemel
Gina Schock
as Gina Schock
Melissa Auf Der Maur
as Melissa Auf Der Maur
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Critic Reviews for Hit So Hard

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (14)

The torturous tale of a remarkable survivor of the grunge era - the troubled but talented drummer for Courtney Love's band, Hole.

Full Review… | May 24, 2012
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Choppy camerawork, sloppy editing, and lack of a coherent narrative structure make for a frustrating viewing experience.

Full Review… | May 11, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Ebersole pieces things together in a workmanlike way, but the tacky supertitles and camera effects often create a bit of an amateur feel.

Full Review… | May 11, 2012
Washington Post
Top Critic

Patty Schemel "lived through this." Once you witness what that "this" was, feel free to follow that up with a "wow."

Full Review… | May 4, 2012
Denver Post
Top Critic

An absorbing, educational, sad, humorous and ultimately uplifting film that is easily accessible and entertaining even for those not familiar with the grunge rock scene, or with the considerable role that Schemel played in that milieu.

Full Review… | April 26, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Ebersol seems uncertain throughout of what tale he is telling, whether to focus on Schemel specifically or the larger picture of the band and the moments in contemporary rock history they were all witness to.

Full Review… | April 19, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Hit So Hard


Great documentary - anyone who liked Hole or even just that 90's era of women in rock would enjoy this. Interviews with Courtney Love, Veruca Salt etc. Nice flashback and also Patty's story is interesting. Got to say, Courtney does not come off too well here (but that's not surprising!).

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


A well-made and entertaining look into the life of a passionate, punk drummer. It also has some interesting points about the gender gap in rock music and the music industry in general. Anyone who is a fan of the early 90s alternative music scene will find this film fascinating, especially since there are some great insights into the life of Kurt Cobain.

There's great footage here, along with great interviews. It's just not assembled properly. It ends up feeling overlong and underdone.

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