Hello Herman (2012)
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It barely tries to offer insight into its much-debated subject, content to rip the scab off an ever-fresh wound for the sake of controversy.
The dialogue is all surface: Emotions are laid out on the autopsy table for the audience to dissect and analyze, but rarely feel.
Hello Herman suffers not so much from its boldly stated anti-bullying agenda but from its failure to come to any conclusions.
Audience Reviews for Hello Herman
Norman Reedus strong acting helps carry the movie along, but the issues in the writing and some of the acting make it hard to sit through.
I think that most people just see the plot as a school shooting, I looked at this film as what drives people to do the things they do when they are treated a certain way day after day, the things that can make a person snap if you will, also Norman's character had along of personal demons that he had to face in result of this tragedy. a movie that makes you stop and think.
Evocative and viscerally powerful, Michelle Danner's Hello Herman provides a difficult story to tell. Norman Reedus (of the Walking Dead effectively) provides a character with a troubled past, attempting to uncover the reason behind Herman's high school massacre. Yet, Michelle Danner, a celebrated acting coach in her own rights, portrays within the eponymous character a human complexity that is bound to make audiences uncomfortable. However, that discomfort is essential to the film's intent on providing more sides to the stories of student shootings - or rather, the trials and tribulations that push these student murderers into committing such violent actions. As it turns out, Herman's own victimization to bullying invoked a violent reaction. People who have been bullied themselves can understand Herman's justification. But as reasonable as it is, the film still communicates the importance of human life and how an unconcerned regard for it is inexcusable - and how such injustice only breeds more unjustifiable actions.
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