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.

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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