Hello Herman

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5.81 h 27 min2013X-Ray16+
In a small town in America, a controversial journalist is forced to face his haunted past when he confronts a teenager driven to the brutal murder of 39 classmates. The film explores issues of desensitization in America, youth violence and bullying, the impact the media has on our individual quest for fame, and ultimately our need for connection.
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Michelle Danner
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Norman ReedusGarrett BackstromMartha Higareda
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Drama
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English [CC]
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Michelle DannerNorman ReedusAlexandra GuarnieriBrian DrillingerEd Cha
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JenReviewed in the United States on May 26, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
The concept of the storyline was pretty good, however the movie didn't really elaborates on ...
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The concept of the storyline was pretty good, however the movie didn't really elaborates on the deeply enough on all of the characters lives, which left you with a fair amount of unanswered questions. Perhaps the budget ran short... Had they been able to allow The audience to connect with the characters background I believe it would have allowed you to understand their choices, emotions, thoughts and why their actions came full circle. I'm not going to lie, the beginning of the movie started of a little slow yet interesting then the film went full speed ahead, that is until about 30 minutes into the film, after that it was very repetitious and slow until the last 20 minutes of the film. I truly believe had this movie/production had a larger budget it wouldn have been an amazing film....like the films " KIDS " or " Teenage Dirtbag".
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Logan CollierReviewed in the United States on September 12, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Fantasy world
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I love Norman Reedus and he was fine in the movie, but what a dumb movie. I am surprised at all the positive reviews. It is like it was written by a teenager who knows nothing about the legal system. The scenarios are phony, not that things like bullying and cyberbullying don't go on, or that the Herman's feelings are not realistic. It is the way they are portrayed. The scenes are choppy and the acting is generally lame. What is really irritating though, is that the legal system in it is not even a tiny bit accurate. A murder case takes usually years to even get to court. Herman would have a defense attorney, unless he was pro per, acting as his own attorney, which no judge would allow with a teenager. It would be insane for the defense attorney to allow him to be interviewed like that before his trial. People are held in jails before trial not federal penitentiaries. It is now unconstitutional to sentence a minor to death. The last public execution in US was 1936. So the writers are living in a fantasy world. Oh, and beating a child while undercover is not allowed and not ok no matter what your mission.
Carolyn M.Reviewed in the United States on February 14, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Intense and thought provoking
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In a story that could have been taken from the headlines, Hello Herman digs deep and gets down in the mucky, murky parts of the human soul to demonstrate how seemingly small, isolated incidents can pile one on top of the other to build into a volcanic explosion of frustration, fear and revenge seeking to simply be noticed. Teen Herman Howards, the son of a single mother, exists on the edge of his high school's social structure following the untimely death of his younger sister. He feels ignored at home, bullied at school, and guilty for perceived faults for which he feels he has no control. Lax Morales, a successful yet controversial journalist, is struggling with issues in his own past in which he feels he may have crossed over his own moral red-line in the attempt to bring down a ruthless organization of white supremacists. Herman, finally lashing out in an attempt to get anyone to notice him, commits a terrible act of violence and invites Lax into his damaged psyche. Through a series of interviews, the two of them are forced to take a sledge hammer to the protective, metaphorical walls they've built, look deep into their minds, call out the demons of their own past and find a human connection they thought would always elude them. Anyone familiar with Reedus' work will understand how this film appeals to his quest to dig into the subconscious mind and explore what makes people react to their world in unique ways.
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ClezielisReviewed in the United States on June 12, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
American History X meets Bowling for Columbine
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I must admit I love me some Norman Reedus & eventually want to see everything hes done but what got my attention even more was the topic of school massacres. When I was a senior in high school (2005) for my last essay of the year for English I chose to write about school shootings. I read every book about each one that ever happened they just fascinated me about what could push a child so far as the brutally murder their teachers and peers as well as how the media portrays said killers. I loved this movie because it had all my favorite things (I wanted to be a journalist in high school & interview criminals because I have a fascination with the human psyche & its limits of emotional damage) & it touched on the many "causes" of why these tragedies happen & it delved into other possibilites (spoiler alert* like when he was at the airport with the child bumping into him & how the mom reacted). I loved the ending because thats what I believe it all comes down to... for everyone the "crazies who kill" as well as the rest of us who dont plot & follow through wih murder. I also liked how it related to Norman characters past but it did seem like I said in the title. Overall as someone obsessed with journalism what makes people cross over that line & Norman Reedus I watched it several times in several days in case I missed anything the 1st times around.
kei.Reviewed in the United States on September 20, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Nice to see Reedus acting - (as opposed to Daryl Dixon)!
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This isn't one of Reedus' best films, but the subject matter is an importan social issue these dayst and the story is moving. It's also nice to see Reedus playing a serious role that is nothing like "Daryl Dixon" who half the world seems to think he ACTUALLY is. It's been a while since I've seen him outside of TWD, and he's grown both into a man, his acting more subtle and compassionate in ways other roles he's played haven't let him show. So, aside from this being a movie on an important social issue - you get to see Reedus in a different light -either due to his getting older or his acting is good enough to not have to rely on being an oddball or the bad dude anymore ...or the hot dude! I think it was edited a bit much as there should have been more dealing with the bullying of Herman and what led him to where he ended up. Reedus shows a lot of different emotions I never saw him use in previous roles which helped make his character believable as an affected person in Herman's ... life. I have to say that my ratings of any Norman Reedus movies probably have an extra star due to his being in the film -- but it's not a bad film, it could have done better to make you empathize with victims of bullying - but since it's based on true incidents I guess it would have turned out too long. of a film. It's hard to try to express the "maybe whys "of wha bulllying can do to a person in two hours, when the result usually took a long time to build up to the point a victim handles this type of torment when they are usally introduced to it while very young. This is a social epidemic that has proven to wreak havoc in a person's life or in a community and is something that Society should be made more aware of. Most often the victim of bullying leads a life that ends up effecting too many others who had nothing to do with what makes the person a certain way, but always leaves someone with hindsight; victim was leaving all types of indications that being bullied was doing nothing to make this person any stronger or they end up doing something tragic that could have been avoided. As a society in ignorance of how deeply bullying can result in nothing good and lightly blow off as "teasing" , were we more educated or aware of the depth bullying can sink to and how far it can sink the psyche of a victim, especially over a long period as they continue to exist in this realm --- well, it makes me sad. There are many people waling around with scars from bullying at the very least ...
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CharReviewed in the United States on February 21, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Extremely Well Done
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This was such a timely film. I thought it was extremely well done. The subject matter is a tough one but very relevant in our world today. Norman Reedus did an excellent job producing and starring in the film. The message seem to hit home to everyone except the incredibly stupid Senator and her opinions. The film left me with an empty and helpless feeling. We've seen way too many school shootings on the news but this movie seemed to indicate most people's feelings. Difficult to comprehend doing such a thing but peer pressure and bullying are much bigger issues than we sometimes realize.
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nbkcq28Reviewed in the United States on October 17, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
When the creation runs amok
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I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. The subject matter is definitely a hot topic these days. I like how the backstory of the tragedy was more of the focus, rather than the actual shooting. Most reports of such an incident paint the perpetrator as a monster. Shooting people is monstrous. But how the shooter became a monster is very important because that knowledge may help prevent further tragedies. Bullying may lead to more such tragedies. The problem is that the bullies, not their victims, have every advantage. Fellow students do nothing to stop it because they don't want to become victims and because most bullies are the students that everyone wants to be with. Faculty do nothing because it's easier to just ignore it. Parents usually don't even know anything about it. Even when parents complain to the school, nothing much is done. The bullies are empowered by all of this and the victim is still left to be the brunt of the bullies' cruelty. It was that way when I was in school back in the 70's and it's still the same way now. I was bullied and I definitely thought about getting even. Who doesn't? Until the victims of bullying are treated better than the bullies, the situation will not change. Still....it was a film that more people should watch, especially if they have kids in school. And kids need to see this...at least the ones old enough to understand. Who knows? It might make them think.
LisaReviewed in the United States on June 20, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Thought Provoking, Powerful, Emotional, Tragic
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I found a link to "Hello Herman" on Norman Reedus' Twitter account while spelunking the web. Reedus' video PSA about bullying ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWXI4lvIKI0 ) came to mind, and the movie trailer was riveting, so I immediately rented it.

Whoah. $6.99 was a good investment, and I would have paid more. This film should certainly be more widely distributed and viewed. Reedus' and Backstrom's acting were both superb and believable. The hateful, demonizing senator and talk show host were disgusting to me, which reflects a spot on job by the writer and director in portraying the side OVER the fence from Reedus' character's stance.

I couldn't stop thinking of the segment with Marilyn Manson in Michael Moore's "Bowling for Columbine" while watching this.
After some talk about government and media fear mongering, whether Manson had more influence in the country that the President, and Manson's very astute observation about our culture of fear and consumption, Moore asks Manson: "If you were to talk directly to the kids at Columbine or the people in that community, what would you say to them if they were here right now?"
Manson's answer: "I wouldn't say a single word to them. I would listen to what they have to say, and that's what no one did."

I apologize for the reference to another film here, but I think that "listening to what they have to say" is a major point of John Buffalo Mailer's screenplay, and Michelle Danner's passionate direction of this film. We need to talk about WHY this sort of mass violence keeps happening. We must have more honest, non-politic partisan dialogue in our country. We need to turn off our smartphones and our televisions and talk to our kids. We need to show the raw, devastating emotional aftermath of mass murders (the hundreds of lives affected from a mass shooting of any size), not for media ratings, but for a standpoint of human perspective. Our churches should promote love, not condemnation, especially if they call themselves "Christian." We need to show love to one another. Be kind to strangers. Give more hugs. Care. Think. Love. And our mass media...oh, yowza...I know not how some of (or is it the majority?) those "journalists" sleep at night. The sensationalism, fear, hate, polarity...leaves me feeling physically ill, and so sad for our country and for the future of mankind.

I don't know the answers, and I don't know who does. I applaud the filmmakers and producers here (it looks like Norman stepped up to the bat money-wise...thanks, brother) for working so hard to finally get this piece of thought provoking media "out there." I wish I personally had some green to help spread the word more. Just to get a few thousand more people to think deeply about the American culture of violence is an important step. A baby step, maybe, but every little bit could help. To me, "Hello Herman" was quite powerful, and I cried deeply at six scenes.

I don't know what else to say right now...I'm husked out and puffy eyed. I'll view this film again and possibly add more later...review writing is not my strong suit: feeling deeply certainly is, though.

Please, please, spend the $6.99, and spread the word, folks.

May peace be with you all,

Lisa Mackey
Tulsa, Oklahoma
June 20th, 2013
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