Jesus' Son (1999)
Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 47
Fresh: 38 | Rotten: 9
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Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 2
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Average Rating: 3.8/5
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In this independent drama, a young man tries to find himself in the early 1970s as he wades through a swamp of heroin addiction. FH (Billy Crudup) is a well-intentioned but weak-willed man whose propensity for messing up his life has earned him his nickname, short for "F--khead." FH's problems with drugs begin in earnest when he falls in love with Michelle (Samantha Morton), a beautiful but emotionally unsettled woman addicted to heroin. FH soon finds himself drawn to the needle, and the couple
Jun 1, 1999 Wide
Sep 19, 2000
Lions Gate Films
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JESUS' SON is bottom of the line trash that wants to be art. Full of self important crap, tedious performances, and embarrassing experimental flourishes, this is a movie to avoid at all costs.
While one is able to get interested in FH's internal workings, it's more difficult to get too invested in his external actions--that is, on rare occasion he does act rather than react.
The film uses dreamlike quality to evoke youth subculture of the 1970s, and Billy Crudup is perfectlt cast as a man who believes he possesses healing powers and wants to do good, but his attempts always end disastrously
Manages to blend its stories together into a nearly seamless narrative, sliding dreamily from one episode to the next before we even realize we've gone.
Despite the occasional miscalculation and disappointing last half-hour, an estimable piece of work.
When the film finds a note of bittersweet conclusion, I'm wondering why all these colorful threads remained so loose when they might have woven into an interesting story.
...between a wasted world of heartland junkies and the dazed, private induced euphoria of one hopeful loser among them.
Excellent dialogue, direction, and acting injected into a rather bland film.
Audience Reviews for Jesus' Son
- F.H.: There was nothing stopping Michelle and me from having a baby except ourselves.
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