Jesus' Son

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Its been a long time since Crush, but New Zealander Maclean's first US film is a frisky adaptation of a collection of short stories by Denis Johnson, recounting the misadventures of the drug-addled Fuck Head (FH for short) in the Midwest in the early '70s. The freewheeling tone (Maclean modifies her style between episodes) somewhat resembles Drugstore Cowboy. A sequence involving a knife and an eyeball is the funniest thing I've seen all year. The redemptive thrust of the second half is obviously a bit harder to swallow, but see the film for Billy Crudup's wonderful central performance, which holds everything together and justifies all the buzz which has gathered around him.

By: TCh

Release details

Duration: 105 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Alison Maclean
Screenwriter: Elizabeth Cuthrell, David Urrutia, Oren Moverman
Cast: Billy Crudup
Samantha Morton
Holly Hunter
Dennis Hopper
Denis Leary
Will Paton
Jack Black
Greg Germann
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