Hit So HardHD Closed Captioning
P. David Ebersole
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About the Movie
STILL IN THEATERS! Filmmaker P. David Ebersole looks past the public train wreck of Courtney Love to focus his lens on Hole drummer Patty Schemel, whose harrowing struggles with addiction undercut her role as the driving force of one of the '90s most popular bands. Though Love garnered most of the attention as the outspoken singer for Hole, Schemel's beats gave the songs a driving force that shot them to the top of the charts. But the higher that Hole ascended, the harder that Schemel fell. In this documentary, interviews with Love and other key players in the Seattle music scene tell the story of an unsung music icon who never got her due.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 36
- Fresh: 23
- Rotten: 13
- Average Rating: 6.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: "Hit So Hard" is the touching story of how and why Ms. Schemel ended up in her own private hell and how and why she made her way out again into the world of sunshine, sobriety and puppy dogs.
Fresh: Though stylistically incoherent at times, pic benefits from the percussionist's plainspokenness.
Rotten: Ebersol seems uncertain throughout of what tale he is telling, whether to focus on Schemel specifically or the larger picture of the band and the moments in contemporary rock history they were all witness to.
Fresh: This keenly-observed, if generically-assembled, Grunge-era doc tells the Hole story through the eyes of its successfully rehabbed drummer.
Authentic Recovery Story
In a time when rehab is cool, this documentary "keeps it real". Authentic story of painful addiction, relapse, and eventual recovery against the odds. It's tremendously difficult to admit the shameful behaviors associated with addiction. I applaud Patty for her bravery and honesty. I felt less alone and hopeful after watching her story.
Drumming It Up
I think it would have been fascinating to read about Patty's actual contributions to that genre on wiki or see her recovery process on an episode of Intervention. However, it just seemed like she was taking a long time to take credit- that she desperately needed credit- she did as much name dropping as the promo posters did and she wanted to be in the spotlight she felt Courtney consumed. But in the world rockstardom her story is just plain ordinary. And frankly I'd rather watch a train wreck than two-hours of bumper cars.
I really enjoyed this film. Not only is Patty a great drummer, she is also an inspiration to anyone dealing with addiction. Just a very thoughtful and well made picture. Watch it - especially if you're interested in persona versus the authentic self. Well done!