Hearts Beat Loud (2018) (mini-review++)

(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

acting 7

directing 6

effects 6

editing 6

writing 7


3.2 out of 5 🐙


This was an entirely pleasant indie dramady. Offerman plays the same character he has always played which, while satisfying, isn’t new. Don’t get me wrong. I loved Parks and Rec. His daughter is played wonderfully by Kiersey Clemons.

The plot is small and fine: a single father (Frank Fisher) and his daughter (Sam Fisher) bond over their shared love of creating music. The ending is a bit of a surprise but it was foreshadowed pretty bluntly by Frank’s friend Leslie (played by the force of nature named Toni Collette).

The feeling I got when I left was: ‘that was nice and fine’. Not every movie has to be a life changing revelation. Like Lionel once sang, this is easy like sunday morning but it didn’t make my heart beat fast…or loud.







(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)

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